Apologies for the brief break in consistent weekday recruiting updates. With the holiday season slowing down, you can expect recruiting updates mostly every day, as usual.
Proctor Ready to Commit, But There's a Catch
Four-star outside linebacker Nathan Proctor will announce his verbal commitment on Saturday (1/1), before taking his official visit to Penn State. Therefore, the likely choice for this weekend's commitment is Virginia Tech.
However, Proctor still plans on taking official visits in January, so no matter who earns his commitment in the short term, they will be tasked with fighting to hold said commitment over the final month of the recruiting cycle as if he were not committed.
If Penn State shows Proctor everything he wants to see on his official visit, I still like the Nittany Lions' chances here. This accelerated commitment date does complicate things a bit, however.
Humphries Set to Commit
Last week, 2018 safety Isaiah Humphries sat down with Roar Lions Roar and discussed his top-8 schools. Now, despite just a few days passing since then, the four-star prospect is ready to take the next step.
Merry Christmas— Isaiah (@TheHumphries23) December 26, 2016
Commitment Date Set: January 1st, 2017 pic.twitter.com/VNJlIq8ERJ
At this point, Penn State holds all 11 predictions on Humphries' Crystal Ball on 247Sports, including my own and Matt's. And while Penn State fans should be pleased that the Sachse (Tx.) star is seemingly headed to Happy Valley, don't forget his stance on official visits that he shared with RLR.
"Even when I commit, I'm still taking my officials. I earned the right to go on the officials. I don't really agree when schools don't let you go. I earned the right to take my officials. If you really believe in your school and you really believe in your program, you want players that like your school and your organization over other schools. So why would you stop them from going other places if you really believe you have the best to offer? At the end of the day, if a person wants to go to your school, and they visit other schools, they're still going to come to your school no matter what."
High School all-Star Games
After the ball drops and we officially usher in 2017, elite high school football all-star game season will begin. The Under Armour All-America Game will take place on New Year's Day, and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl will kick off a week later (1/7).
CB commit Donovan Johnson will be playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl this year (long shot wide receiver target Henry Ruggs is there as well), and three of their verbal pledges will be in Orlando for the Under Armour All-America Game.
Cornerback Lamont Wade, offensive guard C.J. Thorpe and quarterback Sean Clifford were all selected to compete in this year's all-star competition. Unfortunately, Clifford will not be participating in the game due to a torn labrum picked up in his state championship win a few weeks ago.
Wade and Thorpe are ready to go, however, and have begun the check-in process down in Florida.
Linebacker Nathan Proctor was also invited to the Under Armour All-America Game.
Clement Down to Six
One of the intriguing targets Penn State is after in the 2018 class is four-star athlete Iverson Clement (Rancocas Valley Regional, Nj.). He's made it clear early on that Penn State is one of his favorites, and he made that official just before Christmas Day.
Top 6 schools that me and family and coaches will be focusing on and will try to attend there Junioir day still open but for now this is my6 pic.twitter.com/8SzfzfGF1f— Iverson Clement (@Swaggy__ai) December 25, 2016
Ohio State, Michigan, Florida, Tennessee and home-state Rutgers round out Clement's top-six along with Penn State. According to the 247Sports Crystal Ball, Ohio State is the early favorite (100% of predictions), but Clement appears to be willing to take his time checking out each school before making a final decision.
Conliffe Grabs a New Offer
One of the few players left of the board for Penn State in the 2017 class is defensive tackle Elijah Conliffe. Though Alabama is still the perceived favorite for the four-star prospect, a late offer could provide the Virginia-native something else to consider with National Signing Day approaching.
Stick with Roar Lions Roar to stay updated on Conliffe as the cycle comes to a close.
Other News and Links$
- 2018 quarterback commit Justin Fields is participating in the Rising Seniors program. [Twitter]
- C.J. Thorpe's father had NO interest in allowing his son to be recruited by Urban Meyer and Ohio State. [ESPN]
- Speaking of Thorpe, he still may take some official visits elsewhere. [Rivals]
- Michael Farrell (Dallas, Pa.) has received a preferred walk-on offer from Penn State. [Twitter]
- Lamont Wade is looking for a strong performance to remain Rivals' number one-ranked corner. [Rivals]