What Can Brown Do For You?
As I'm sure you heard, 2017 Meadville (Pa.) running back Journey Brown committed to Penn State on Thursday night. This is interesting news for a number of reasons. One, Penn State doesn't have much space left in their 2017 class, and the current roster has some solid running back depth. Two, Brown is quite unheralded. Despite your feelings on his ranking, however, there's no doubting what he's shown he can do on a football field.
Penn State's getting a baller. Many of Penn State's current commits weighed in on his crazy high school numbers, including 2018 safety commit Isaiah Humphries.
I'm just trying to figure out how you run for 10 tds and 722 yards in one game.— Isaiah (@TheHumphries23) January 13, 2017
2018 defensive end Dorian Hardy announced his top-12 on Thursday, and Penn State made the initial cut for the four-star edge man.
Hardy is currently ranked as the No. 109 player in the 2018 class, and the No. 4 player from the state of New Jersey. Alabama currently holds all six of his predictions on the 247Sports Crystal Ball.
A New 2018 Offer
2018 safety Shayne Simon (St. Peters Prep, Nj.) had an exciting Thursday night, as he received scholarship offers from both Penn State and Ohio State. The No. 34-ranked safety in his class also received an in-home visit on Thursday from both Urban Meyer and Greg Schiano of the Buckeye staff.
Both of these offers come in after he was offered by Michigan back in mid-December. Simon's rating and profile may not scream elite prospect, but when the top-three teams in the most competitive division in college football all want you on their side, that's typically an indication of someone who's going to see their rating be boosted sooner rather than later.
Let the Home Visits Commence
With the final extended dead period for the 2017 class now complete, coaching staffs all over the country will spend the rest of January visiting prospects at their homes and schools, and hosting them on their respective college campuses.
Penn State is expected a large contingent of committed recruits on campus next weekend, but for now, the staff is busy heading out to see their guys and firm up their verbal commitments.
On Thursday, Sean Clifford confirmed his in-home visits from Franklin, Joe Moorhead and Tim Banks.
Mac Hippenhammer also received an in-home visit in the form of his future position coach, Josh Gattis.
Coach G came through today ... @Coach_Gattis— Mac Hippenhammer (@machipp2) January 13, 2017
There has been some buzz about Hippenhammer recently, as rumors of a potential Notre Dame offer have been floating about. Hippenhammer, being from Indiana, would surely at least be interested by the prospect of playing for the Fighting Irish, so expect to hear plenty more about the coaching staff really turning up the heat on him to keep him in the fold.
Slade Opens Up Recruitment
One of Penn State's top targets in the 2018 class is all-purpose back Ricky Slade. The dynamic five-star player is still very high on the Nittany Lions, but a new development came to be on Thursday that may change things a bit.
I no longer have a top 5 , my recruitment is wide open to anyone.— RS3 (@TheSlade_Era) January 12, 2017
Previously, Slade had announced a top-five of Penn State, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Florida and Tennessee, but now it would appear that he's interested in expanding his recruitment a bit. Expect to hear about Slade being on Penn State's campus sometime soon this winter.
Ducks Fly Together
Oregon had a busy week in the Pennsylvania area, offering two big-time Penn State names in the 2018 class.
First, there was committed 2018 five-star everything Micah Parsons.
Then, Willie Taggart and company followed it up by offering priority 2018 wide receiver target Shaquon Anderson-Butts.
It's too early to say what effect these offers with have on either player, but they're certainly something to watch moving forward. Oregon is in line to benefit from the "new coach bump" with their 2018 class, and with the Oregon name being what it already is, combined with the fact that recruits typically love their uniforms and flashiness, the Ducks are never a team to ignore.