Penn State Football: Recruiting Update


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As Coach Franklin and his staff are making their recruiting rounds across the country, we take a look at some of the latest updates from the world of Penn State recruiting. Below are profiles of some of the prospects that Penn State coaches have visited and break down which athletes have received offers from the Nittany Lions staff over the past week.

Here is an updated look at some of the top 2015 and 2016 prospects that have received interest from Penn State coaches:

Jaylon Lane
Class of 2015
Nacogdoches (Texas) High School

Penn State offered the cornerback prospect earlier this week when Penn State coaches stopped by the high school to observe the Dragons’ first spring practice.

The 6’1, 177-pound prospect is rated as a 3 star recruit by Lane, who spent the last two seasons at San Angelo Central High School, had five interceptions and 46 tackles as a junior.

He currently holds over 30 offers that range from Louisiana Tech, to Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Miami, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, and Penn State.

James Lockhart
Defensive End
Class of 2015
Ennis (Texas) High School

Another Texas prospect that picked up a verbal offer last week was 4-star defensive end James Lockhart of Ennis High School.

The 6’3, 245-pound prospect is a strong defender who is very athletic and possesses a strong point of attack. With his size and athleticism he is a perfect fit as a strong side defensive end.

He holds a slew of offers from some top schools including: Alabama, Auburn, Iowa, Miami, Ohio State, Texas and Penn State.

Darvin Taylor
Defensive Tackle
Class of 2015
Thomas Dale High School

Taylor is a 4-star defensive tackle prospect out of Chester, Virginia who holds a number of big time offers. The 6’4, 290-pound prospect is a powerful tackle who gets off the ball quickly and plays with great leverage. He’s got a great frame and could be a force to be at the collegiate level.

Even though Taylor visited campus in October for the Penn State vs. Michigan game, Penn State may be a little late to the party here as Taylor plans to announce his college decision this August.

According to the 247sports Crystal Ball, Recruiting Insiders have him pegged to attend Florida State University.

A.J. Alexander
Wide Receiver
Class of 2015
Lake Braddock Secondary

This 3-star prospect is one who is quickly on the rise. After a strong performance at the Washington, D.C. Nike Football Training Camp, Alexander picked up three quick offers that included one from Penn State, Miami, and Navy.

Standing at 6’3, 210-pounds, Alexander is a big, strong, physical receiver who uses his body to get open and has great yards after the catch potential.

Along with Penn State, Alexander also holds offers from Boston College, Miami, Northwestern, Virginia, Wake Forest and Wisconsin.

Austin Clark
Offensive Tackle
Class of 2015
Rockbridge (Virginia) County High School

Three star offensive tackle prospect Austin Clark recently narrowed down his list of schools to seven. Among the schools that made the list were Penn State, Clemson, South Carolina, Ohio State, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Clark, who announced his top seven on Twitter, visited Penn State in March and told that he has a good relationship with the coaching staff and every time he goes to State College it feels like home away from home.

The 6’6, 280-pound Clark could make his decision as early as next month.

Josh Wariboko
Offensive Guard
Class of 2015
Casady (Oklahoma) High School

Penn State offered one of the top offensive guards in the Class of 2015 this past week as they extended a verbal offer to Josh Wariboko of Casady High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

According to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, Wariboko is rated as the number 3 offensive guard prospect in the country. He currently measures in at 6’3 and 330-pounds and holds a number of offers from top programs across the country.

The onetime Oklahoma commit holds offers from Arkansas, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Mississippi, Oregon, Texas, and USC.

Parker Boudreaux
Offensive Tackle
Class of 2016
Bishop Moore (Florida) Catholic

Although he will only be heading into his Junior year this fall, Bourdreaux is already one of the most sought after recruits in the Class of 2016. He picked up his 13th offer this past week when Penn State’s Terry Smith visited his high school.

Bourdreaux is has great size for someone who is currently a sophomore in high school as he is currently 6’4 and 264-pounds.

The Class of 2016 prospect also holds offers from Florida International, Marshall, South Florida, Texas State, Tulane, and UAB.

Jauan Williams
Offensive Tackle
Class of 2016
Archbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C) High School

Williams is another up and coming prospect in the Class of 2016 that will be a household name. He already holds well over double-digit offers which includes one from Penn State.

The 6-foot-7, 275-pound tackle put on a strong performance at the Washington, D.C. Nike Football Training Camp a few weeks ago and has since seen his stock rise. Currently rated by as a 4-star prospect, Williams picked up offers from Florida, Florida State and Michigan last week.

He will look to visit Happy Valley later this summer.

Josh King
Defensive End
Class of 2016
Hinsdale South (Illinois)

King is rated by 247Sports as the top defensive end in the state of Illinois in the Class of 2016. Measuring in at 6-foot-6 and 250-pounds, King picked up an offer from Penn State earlier this week.

King currently holds offers from a number of Big Ten schools that include; Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio State, and Wisconsin.

Tommy Kraemer
Offensive Tackle
Class of 2016
Elder (Ohio) High School

Kraemer is one of the top offensive linemen in the Class of 2016 as he is rated as a 5-star by Ranked as the number 2 prospect in the state of Ohio and number 8 overall, Kraemer has picked up a number of offers this spring including ones from Ohio State, Cincinnati, Kentucky and Duke.

Penn State stopped by Elder this week to visit the 6-foot-5, 305-pound prospect and offered him a scholarship after speaking with him and his coach Doug Ramsey.

Jake Hausmann
Tight End
Class of 2016
Archbishop Moeller (Ohio)

Hausmann picked up a Nittany Lion offer Thursday afternoon. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound prospect is currently rated as the number 6 tight end in the Class of 2016 by 247Sports. With the depth that the Lions currently have at the tight end position, you can expect this offer to be one of many that will go out to tight ends in the Class of 2016.

Over the past two weeks, Hausmann has picked up offers from Indiana, Ohio State, Virginia, Florida State and Penn State.