For The Future (01.29.18): Joseph Girard News, Seider Effect on Recruiting Begins

By Dan Vecellio on January 29, 2018 at 11:00 am
Joseph Girard III
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Girard visits happy valley

It was a big weekend for Joseph Girard III (Glens Falls, N.Y./Glens Falls HS), soon-to-be the all-time leading scorer in New York high school history. On Friday, with Michigan coach John Beilein in attendance, Girard went off for 54 points, hitting nine three-pointers and set himself only 38 points behind Lance Stephenson's state scoring record. Beilein offered a scholarship to the three-star combo guard during the trip to upstate New York. Girard's father played for Beilein in the early 90s at Le Moyne College in Syracuse.

Girard, a top 2019 priority for Pat Chambers, visited Happy Valley on Saturday and was in attendance for the Nittany Lions' 60-43 win over Rutgers in the Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State was one of the first school to extend an offer to Girard, but now that more high-profile schools are giving him a look, we'll have to wait and see if the high school junior will still be interested in the Lions. 

slew of seider offers

When Ja'Juan Seider was officially hired as an assistant last week, one of the pros attached to his addition to the Penn State staff was his recruiting ability. After losing Josh Gattis to Alabama, the Lions needed a dynamic personality in recruiting as well as someone with who high school coaches are familiar. Seider seems to fill that role as he has connections in the Mid-Atlantic from his time at West Virginia, as well as in the Southeast from his coaching stop at Florida. The Lions gave out a bunch of 2019 offers over the weekend, many thanks to Coach Seider. A rundown:

Hakeem BeamonBeamon is a four-star athlete who projects to the defensive line in the college game. The Chesterfield, Va., native is already committed to North Carolina's 2019 class, but currently holds only seven offers, so expects battles to heat up through the spring and summer.

Kaiir ElamSeider was Elam's primary recruiter when he was still on the Florida coaching staff and seems to have a good relationship with the four-star corner out of North Palm Beach, Fla. 

Mark-Antony RichardsAnother Palm Beach kid (West Palm Beach to be exact), Richards is a top-100 prospect in the 2019 class. Runs a sub-4.5 40-yard dash.

Tyrique StevensonStevenson is another four-star corner from Florida. The Homestead, Fla., native racked up 69 tackles to go along with four interceptions in 2017.

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Myles Dread continues to impress in his senior season at Gonzaga in Washington D.C. His team is 19-1 and ranked No. 2 in the All-Met Poll. He had another great game on Saturday night.