For the Future (08.25.16): Shorter Q&A, Barber Profile, Another Michigan Decommit, and More.

By Noel Purcell on August 25, 2016 at 8:12 am
4-star 2018 WR Justin Shorter
Ryan Bartow, 247Sports
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shorter goes long with bwi

Four-star wide receiver recruit Justin Shorter did an in-depth Q&A with Ryan Snyder at BWI. Shorter specifically mentioned Penn State's focus on academics, as he plans to pursue an engineering degree with his scholarship. Shorter, who committed on his second visit to Happy Valley, also talked about his face-to-face meeting with James Franklin and the impact Josh Gattis had on his decision. Head over to BWI for the full interview.

clifford keeps climbing, 

Penn State's potential QB of the future, 2017 Ohio prospect Sean Clifford, has been a big riser in recruiting rankings since his commitment. He jumped from No. 163 to No. 136 in Rivals' national ranking, and is 181st in 247Sports' composite ranking.

Barber ready to dominate

Over at PennLive, Brian Linder had a great profile on 2017 Harrisburg defensive end Damion Barber. Barber, who committed in February, looks primed to become one of coach Sean Spencer's wild dogs in no time. "I can hunt people down" is a very foreboding line from a 6'3" high school senior, but in the best way possible (as long as he's on your side).

parsons, meet kent

Five-star 2018 PA defensive end Micah Parsons, the fifth-ranked player in the country and crown jewel of the class, will be in Happy Valley opening weekend as the Nittany Lions take on Kent State. Parsons, who committed to PSU in February, has obviously received heavy interest elsewhere. USC and FSU, namely, have been working to try and flip him. Despite plans to visit other schools, Parsons has said he is still committed to Penn State.

MICHIGAN MYSTERY

Yet another Michigan player or would-be player has left the Wolverines, as four-star freshman wide receiver Ahmir Mitchell announced his decision to transfer (or, in his words, re-open his recruitment) after being suspended by coach Jim Harbaugh indefinitely. Mitchell held a Penn State offer as a recruit.

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