For The Future (06.16.17): Alim McNeill Top Schools, Penn State Closer to Jace Ruder?

By Dan Vecellio on June 16, 2017 at 8:00 am
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Penn state makes two cut-down lists

Four-star North Carolina defensive tackle prospect Alim McNeill released his top-6 schools on Thursday night with Penn State being the only school north of the Mason-Dixon line to remain in the running for the 247Sports Top100 recruit. 

In addition to McNeill, Penn State made waves on the west coast by being named to Issac Taylor-Stuart's top schools. Taylor-Stuart is the top cornerback in the state of California, but includes schools from Pacific-to-Atlantic on his list. 

UNC gains commitment from not-jace Ruder

Penn State is still looking to replace Justin Fields in their 2018 class. One QB they have had an eye on is Kansas prospect Jace Ruder, who has been gaining momentum on the recruiting trail as of late. North Carolina was one of the top schools on Ruder's list, but that might have changed on Thursday after the Tar Heels earned a commitment from Tyler Slough. 

Ruder is still scheduled to visit UNC this weekend, along with the University of Georgia, but North Carolina getting a commitment from a 2018 quarterback had to be a small sigh of relief for James Franklin and Joe Moorhead.

franklin, chambers extend offers

Both James Franklin and Pat Chambers extended multiple scholarship offers on Thursday. A list of those is below:



signing day party no more?

Mike Poorman of is reporting today that James Franklin may do away with his normal National Signing Day celebrations, partly due to the fact of the early signing day now taking place in December. 

"I could even see a situation where we don't have a signing day celebration," Franklin said. "I could see that maybe going away because you don't have that one moment in time that really is -- it de-emphasizes it, I guess is what I would say, when you have two and not one kind of closure to it all.

"So, yeah, we will not have two for sure. We could have one, but I also could see a component of that going away at a lot of places around the country.

Some people are understandably distraught. 

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