Tag:Penn State
Posted on: March 8, 2012 3:43 pm
 

3/8 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- MaxPreps breaks down the top offensive linemen in the class of 2014 and the state of North Carolina in 2013.

Arkansas added a late signee to their 2012 class in wide receiver Mekale McKay.

Mike McCray's commitment might be the first of many for Michigan.

 Offensive lineman Richy Klepal picked up an offer from UConn.

 More on Notre Dame's pick up of offensive lineman Jacob Matuska.

 Tight end Adam Breneman would fit into the Penn State offense well.

 Should Georgia try a package deal to land top recruit Robert Nkemdiche.


Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:22 am
 

3/6 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Alabama has only pros and no cons according to the #1 recruit in 2013, Robert Nkemdiche.

Kerry Coombs leaving Cincinnati for Ohio State has shaken up recruiting in the state a little.

 Florida and Florida State are the top two for linebacker Stacy Thomas.

 Linebacker Mike McCray could pick Michigan this weekend.

 Deion Sanders Jr. is bypassing signing with Houston or North Texas to go to prep school in Atlanta.

 From UCLA to Alabama, the offers are rolling in for Eddie Vanderdoes.

 High school coaches had good things to say when talking about Penn State's new head coach Bill O'Brien.

 Running back Eric Harrell picked up his first offer from Kansas.

Commitments

 Ole Miss closed out their 2012 class with cornerback Anthony Standifier and added their third commit in 2013 in wide receiver Dannon Cavil.

 Linebacker Reggie Spearman committed to Indiana.

 Receiver Austin Bennett pledged to Arkansas over the weekend.

 Running back Chase Abbington is staying in state after committing to Missouri.

Posted on: March 5, 2012 1:03 pm
 

Stanford picks up QB of the future in Ryan Burns

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Stanford has had a national recruiting reach for some time so it's not too surprising to see the Cardinal reach into Ashburn (Va.) and pull a commitment out of quarterback Ryan Burns over the weekend.

"It's a great school academically. It's a great football program with a great coaching staff," Burns told Rivals. "Everything about Stanford is the perfect fit for me."

The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder held offers from Penn State, Tennessee and West Virginia among others. Expected to be one of the top signal-callers in the country, Burns was sold on Stanford after taking another unofficial visit to Palo Alto.

"This is my second trip out here and I fell in love with it the first time I was here last summer," he said. "This time really cemented it in my mind as the place for me."

Burns is the Cardinal's second class of 2013 commitment, joining fellow Virginian and linebacker Doug Randolph. The pair give Stanford, a school that has become a Pac-12 recruiting power, two top players on each side of the ball.

"(Burns) has impressed everyone at camps with his height, arm strength, and overall athletic ability," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Very accurate in short to intermediate passes, he reads defense and shows a coolness under pressure."

Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:44 pm
 

Garrett Sickels commits to Penn State

By MaxPreps' Stephen Spiewak

Garrett Sickels, a 6-foot-4 defensive end from Red Bank Regional (Little Silver, N.J.), committed to Penn State Sunday evening, according to head coach Nick Giglio.

Sickels chose Penn State over a host of other offers including Alabama, Tennessee and Notre Dame.

According to Giglio, a formal announcement will be made on Thursday at Red Bank Regional.

Sickels helped the Central Jersey school to a 5-5 record this past season, making 76 tackles and 10 sacks. He has drawn comparisons to former Florida Gator and current New York Giant Justin Trattou, who starred at Don Bosco Prep.

With Sickels' commitment, two of the top recruits from New Jersey are already off the board, as Eastern Regional defensive back Eli Woodard committed to Ohio State last month.

Defensive tackle Greg Webb and defensive ends Tashawn Bower and Alquadin Muhammad are all receiving national interest but have yet to narrow their choices.

Penn State head coach continues to recruit well, landing early commitments seemingly at a much higher rate than his predecessor. In addition to Sickels, he's gained verbal commitments from defensive back Ross Douglas and quarterback Christian Hackenberg.


Posted on: March 3, 2012 12:35 pm
 

3/3 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer
Tennessee picked up a commitment from defensive back Corey Vereen on Friday.

 Missouri added a legacy commitment in offensive lineman Alec Abeln.

 Boise State added a late 2012 signee.

 Big day at Georgia as several very important 'Dawgs' are on campus for a junior day.

 Penn State is the favorite for tight end Adam Breneman, who will announce his commitment on March 9th.

 Thomas Hammock is Wisconsin's new recruiting coordinator.

 A tweet about a recruit has caused Notre Dame to report a violation.

 Michigan State is looking to add an elite quarterback in 2013.
Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:16 am
 

Penn State picks up first two 2013 commitments

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Given all that went on, not much was expected with Penn State's class of 2012. Expectations have been turned up with the 2013 class however and it looks as though the Nittany Lions have gotten off to a good start, scoring their first commitments on Wednesday from Fork Union (Va.) quarterback Christian Hackenberg and Avon (Ohio) defensive back Ross Douglas.

“Just Penn State itself sealed the deal,” Douglas, right, told 247Sports. “Just the place and tradition and coaching staff set themselves apart from everywhere else."

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Douglas held offers from Boston College, Louisville, Tennessee and others. His attendance at a recent Penn State Junior Day seemed to convince him that Happy Valley was the place for him however.

Hackenberg, one of the East Coast's top signal callers, held offers from Alabama, Florida, Stanford and plenty of other schools. The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder was the first commitment for Penn State and new head coach Bill O'Brien in the upcoming class and looks like the centerpiece of a big push on the recruiting trail over the next few weeks.

Last season as a junior, Hackenberg passed for over 2,100 yards and 20 touchdowns. Douglas starred as a running back last year but will wind up on the other side of the ball in college.

Posted on: February 27, 2012 11:39 am
 

2/27 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Family appeal could help Ole Miss with top recruit Robert Nkemdiche.

 Nick Saban tried to steal a Georgia commit but the Alabama head coach was rebuffed.

 Auburn had a good Junior Day and now leads for quarterback Jeremy Johnson.

 Top offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil will visit Arkansas in the spring or for a game during the season.

 Penn State's name is popping up everywhere on the recruiting trail.

 USC signee Nelson Agholor can throw it down on the basketball court.

 Torii Hunter Jr. will take a look at UCLA's football program.

 Linebacker Garrett Dooley committed to Wisconsin.

Michigan State added two players for 2013 over the weekend in R.J. Shelton and Jalyn Powell.
Posted on: February 25, 2012 11:33 am
 

Patrick Kugler is number 13 for Michigan

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Based on what Michigan is doing, the school might have to go from 'Hail to the Victors' to 'Hail to the Recruiters' during the offseason. The Wolverines picked up another commitment on Saturday as Wexford (Pa.) offensive tackle Patrick Kugler pledged to the program after a visit to Ann Arbor on Friday.

"Committed to the University of Michigan! Gonna be a Wolverine! #GoBlue," Kugler tweeted in the morning.

The 6-foot-4, 265-pounder held offers from the likes of Florida State, Penn State, Stanford and others. Kuglar becomes the 13th commit for Michigan in the class of 2012 and the fifth offensive lineman of the group.


 
 
 
 
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