This evening could be another red-letter date for Penn State Nittany Lion football and the recruiting efforts of head coach James Franklin. B0th highly sought-after talents, offensive tackle Sterling Jenkins and quarterback Brandon Wimbush are set to make the call on their collegiate destinations by tomorrow evening.
According to ESPN 300, Sterling Jenkins rates as the 65th best prospect in the 2015 class. If he does commit to the Nittany Lions, it will be the highest recruit Penn State has garnered in the ESPN 300. Lions 247 composite rankings not only lists Jenkins as the 49th best prospect nationally, but also the top prospect in Pennsylvania. Both recruiting sites list Jenkins as a 4-star player.
Jenkins is a 6’8″ 305-lb prospect from Western Pennsylvania (Baldwin High School). He has been recruited by most of the “heavyweight” schools like Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Virginia Tech. While Jenkins has not tipped his hand, his recent twitter comments attributed to him indicate the battle for his services boils down to just two schools — Ohio State and Penn State.
— mike vukovcan (@mikevukkdka) May 2, 2014
The addition of Jenkins to the already talented Class of 2015 would be another major addition for the Franklin regime. Many in the recruiting industry think Jenkins is a Penn State lean considering he has visited the school 3 times including his Junior Day workout (Feb 15th), and the Blue-White game (Apr 12th), and yesterday (May 5th). He has not officially visited Ohio State in that interim.
My gut feeling is Coach Franklin and Coach Hand really know how to close the deal and will land the highly sought-after offensive lineman from Pittsburgh. Look for Sterling Jenkins to don the Blue and White on Tuesday.
Also on Tuesday one of the top dual-threat QB’s, Brandon Wimbush (St. Peter’s Prep), will announce his college decision. Wimbush has been relatively quiet with his recruitment process so it was rather curious when he announced on Monday afternoon that he would be announcing his college decision on Tuesday.
I will be committing with @BleacherReport tomorrow evening… #VTech#OSU#Miami#PSU#BC
— brandon wimbush (@BrandonW_7) May 5, 2014
Wimbush is 4-star recruit and the 107th player on ESPN 300. The ESPN recruiting site also lists Wimbush as the 5th best dual-threat QB nationally and the 2nd best player in the state of New Jersey. Lions 247 lists Wimbush as one their Top 247 players.
Wimbush has been on the Penn State campus twice since mid-February. He, like Sterling Jenkins, attended Penn State’s Junior Day on February 15th, and he was also on campus for a visit on March 22nd.
The 6’2″ 215-lb Class of 2015 signal-caller, has his pick of the litter when it comes to major Division 1 schools recruiting him. Besides Penn State, Wimbush enjoys offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Miami, FL., Nebraska, Maryland, Rutgers, and Michigan State.
Penn State seems to be really trying to restock the quarterback cabinet over the last few years. Besides starting QB Christian Hackenberg, true freshman Michael O’Connor, and as yet-to-be-enrolled Trace McSorley, Penn State does not have another QB on scholarship. Most recruiting experts subscribe to the idea that a school should take a quarterback in each recruiting class. If the Nittany Lions do land Wimbush, they would have themselves quite of plethora of talent at the important position.
My gut feeling says quarterbacks coach Ricky Rahne gets his man in Wimbush. If Penn State were to land both Jenkins and Wimbush that would make 11 4-star recruits out of the 15 commits for coach Franklin and company. Currently, Penn State sits 2nd nationally only behind Alabama according to 247Sports.
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