Since Rasir Bolton's verbal commitment in July, the pressure has eased off Penn State's coaching staff for this recruiting cycle. They needed to land a quality lead guard to develop behind their current talent, and Bolton fits the bill. But the staff still has one more scholarship available on paper, and they look determined to fill it this fall.
Ideally the Lions would be in the market for another big man to bring up behind Mike Watkins, but 2018 has proved to be a weak class regionally on that front. Therefore the staff has been in the market for a scoring wing and have positioned themselves well for a trio of late-bloomers.
Jack Clark - 6'6" 170 - Cheltenham High School - Philly Pride
Clark was offered by Penn State back in April when he had a strong spring with current Nittany Lion John Harrar on Philly Pride's 17U team. Per the City of Basketball Love, Clark underwent a recent growth spurt in the last year that saw the 6'2 guard shoot up four inches. While his newfound length certainly boosted his stock, he has yet to fully grow into his wiry frame, which has prevented other big schools from joining the party.
Clark recently released his top five which included the Nittany Lions along with South Florida, Massachusetts, La Salle, and Dayton. No scheduled visits for Clark have surfaced yet on Twitter, but it seems likely he'll check out Penn State in the coming months over a football weekend.
Final 5 pic.twitter.com/BJSyfcuHGy
— JC5 (@Jack5Clark_) August 24, 2017
Jared Rhoden - 6'6" 190 - Our Savior Lutheran School - NY Lightning
The highest rated player of Penn State's three main targets, Rhoden had a tremendous summer on the Nike EYBL circuit. PSU extended an offer after he averaged 15.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game at the Peach Jam. Originally a 2017 recruit, Rhoden made the decision to reclassify to 2018 after he was unsatisfied with the level of his recruitment.
Now, the versatile wing currently has a list of 11 schools he's considering: PSU, Wichita State, Oregon State, Seton Hall, VCU, Dayton, St. Louis, UMass, Hofstra, Santa Clara, and Wyoming. He already took an unofficial visit to PSU a couple weeks ago, but if Chambers can convince the Long Island native to come back for an official, the Nittany Lions would be in great shape to land the No. 127 prospect in the 247Composite.
I Always bring my Pail to the lunch table! pic.twitter.com/jSiRyMSTax
— JR (@ihoop_jaay) August 26, 2017
Adrien Nunez - 6'6" 180 - St. Thomas More (CT) - Born Ready Elite
Nunez has also seen his recruitment take off after a strong July, because he was an unknown commodity prior to this summer. Nunez was actually a senior this past year at Bishop Loughlin in New York, but he didn't receive any scholarship offers. Therefore he settled on a prep year for this upcoming season at St. Thomas More, so he could reclassify into 2018. Now he has a handful of offers including Boston College, VCU and St. Joseph's.
A native of the Dominican Republic, Nunez has shown serious interest in the Nittany Lions. Twitter reported his first unofficial visit to Happy Valley a few weeks ago, and he will be back for an official visit for the Georgia State football game. Adding Nunez to Myles Dread and Rasir Bolton would give PSU three capable marksmen from three-point range.