Potential Game-Changer for Hippenhammer?
Three-star Indiana wide receiver Mac Hippenhammer has been committed to Penn State since August, when he chose the Nittany Lions over the likes of Michigan State, Indiana and Wake Forest. However, this past weekend brought with it an offer from a school that the Hoosier knows well: Notre Dame.
Offered by Thee University of Notre Dame ... pic.twitter.com/P2WrtgwBNA
— Mac Hippenhammer (@machipp2) January 15, 2017
Hippenhammer remains committed to Penn State, and the coaching staff has seemingly made him a priority over the last few months with the knowledge that this offer could come, but the speedy wideout will give apparently give both schools a fair shake.
— Tom Loy (@TomLoy247) January 15, 2017
With Hippenhammer scheduled to be at Penn State this upcoming weekend along with the entirety of the 2017 class, it would appear that his recruitment will come down to this week. We'll keep you updated.
We HArdly Knew Ye
With National Signing Day just a few weeks away, the remaining uncommitted prospects are starting to lock in their decisions and narrow down their choices. Two of Penn State's notable targets made decisions this weekend, and another seems to be close to doing the same.
First, there was defensive tackle Dalyn Wade-Perry. who committed to Stanford.
— Ryan Bartow (@RyanBartow) January 16, 2017
Then, there was wide receiver Jaylen Harris who committed to Ohio State.
— Eleven Warriors (@11W) January 13, 2017
And now it appears that running back Johnathan Lovett is moving closer to a Michigan State commitment.
— Sean Andrew Scherer (@SeanScherer247) January 16, 2017
What does all of this mean for Penn State? Nothing, really. Neither Wade-Perry nor Harris really seemed primed to pick Penn State, and Lovett would be a nice addition to the class, but he's hardly a back breaker.
In the wake of Hippenhammer's Notre Dame offer, it appears that Penn State is preparing an alternate plan should he flip his commitment. The Nittany Lions offered former Syracuse commit Josh Palmer.
— Ryan Bartow (@RyanBartow) January 15, 2017
Palmer (St. Thomas Aquinas, Fl.) is a 247Composite three-star player, and the No. 118 wide receiver in the class.
Also receiving an offer was 2019 offensive lineman, Quinn Carroll.
— QUINN CARROLL (@q_ocarroll) January 14, 2017
Carroll (Edina Senior, Mn.) already holds offers from numerous Big Ten schools (Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State and Wisconsin) as well as a few others. If you're looking for a reason as to why all of these schools have already offered the high school sophomore, look no further than the fact that he is already 6'6 and 280 pounds. Yeah.
Porter Names a Top Group- In Order!
2018 defensive tackle Timaje Porter (Theodore, Al.) released his top-five this weekend, and it's actually in order!
— Timaj P. 99 (@TimajePorter) January 14, 2017
It's not clear how much contact Porter has had with Penn State thus far (he doesn't hold an offer from the Nittany Lions, Michigan or LSU yet despite their placement in his top group). However, Porter's inclusion of Penn State illustrates that the school is starting to gain a bit of its mojo back in the national recruiting sense.
Does this mean Penn State is going to start suddenly recruiting states like Florida and Texas the way Ohio State does? Absolutely not. It would take multiple years of being a playoff contender for that to happen. But this is still a good sign in the grand scheme of things.
Official and IN-Home Visits
As you know, cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields took an official visit to Penn State this weekend. We've included some links below with his feedback from the visit, but clearly James Franklin and the coaching staff gave him the red carpet treatment, even taking him out to see the newly-minted No. 1 Penn State hockey team take down Michigan State.
James Franklin and 4-star CB Tariq Castro-Fields taking in Penn State hockey. pic.twitter.com/KhVyXURPJF
— Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88) January 15, 2017
The staff was also busy on the road, heading out to see some of their committed recruits.
They met with safety Johnathan Sutherland at his home.
Great home visit with my future Coaches #B1G pic.twitter.com/oJurywhbhz
— JonathanSutherland (@jay_suth) January 15, 2017
They also headed to New Jersey to visit with defensive tackle commit Fred Hansard, and they brought a very special accessory along with them to show off.
— Fred Hansard (@Fred_Hansard56) January 13, 2017
- A week from his commitment, 4-star Tariq Castro-Fields talks PSU visit [Friedman, Rivals]
- Four-star DL Conliffe feeling good about Tennessee [Wiltfong, 247Sports]
- Penn State getting visit from Rutgers decommit [Fitz, Lions247]
- Penn State target Charlie Katshir says he will be out of action for six months [Linder, PennLive]