With spring practice and the Blue-White game in the books, it’s now time for James Franklin and his staff to hit the recruiting trail. The spring evaluation and contact period began earlier this week and will run through the end of May.
During the spring evaluation period, college coaches are allowed to make two off-campus visits per high school and one phone call to the junior prospects in which they are recruiting.
With 12 verbal commits already in the fold, it is expected that Penn State has room for at least ten more prospects. Below, we take a look into some of the top 2015 names remaining atop the wish list who Coach Franklin and his staff will be visiting over the next few weeks.
Brandon Wimbush from New Jersey is one of the most sought after quarterback prospects in the country as he currently holds offers from 20 major programs. He is a 6-2, 205-pound dual-threat quarterback who has visited State College a handful of times. As things stand now it seems to be a battle between Penn State and Ohio State.
With two offensive guards in Ryan Bates and Steven Gonzalez already committed to the Nittany Lions, we expect the staff to turn their attention to the offensive tackle position. Two prospects we expect them to visit over the next few weeks and make a strong push for are 4-star Grant Newsome from Mclean, Virginia and 4-star Sterling Jenkins from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
According to 247sports.com, one prospect that the Nittany Lions have already visited is rising tight end Jake Pickard of Millburn, New Jersey. Coach John Donovan and Ricky Rahne visited the tight end late last week. He doesn’t hold an offer yet but one may soon be on its way.
There are two big named prospects left atop the wish list and they are Manny Bowen from Barnegat, New Jersey and Jerome Baker from Cleveland, Ohio. Bowen is a 3-star prospect who picked up an offer in March when he visited HappyValley on an unofficial visit.
Baker is a 4-star prospect and one of the top rated linebackers in the country. Like Wimbush, it seems like it will be a battle between Penn State and Ohio State for Bakers services.
Two defensive back prospects that Penn State has had their sights set on for a while now are 4-star cornerbacks Jordan Whitehead from Monaca, Pennsylvania and John Reid from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Both prospects have visited State College and both have the Nittany Lions high on their list. I expect the coaching staff to put a full court press on these two during the spring evaluation period.
Which prospects do you hope round out the Class of 2015? Stay tuned to Victory Bell Rings for all of the latest recruiting news and updates.