Brooks To Decide
Four-star inside linebacker Ellis Brooks visited Penn State this past weekend to get a feel for the school that had recently turned up the heat on him big time in the wake of Dylan Rivers' flip to Virginia Tech. The Benedictine (Va.) prospect would fill an enormous need for Penn State by occupying a linebacker position, particularly an inside linebacker position.
Now, just one day after his Happy Valley visit and two days before Signing Day, Brooks is ready to announce his college decision.
Brooks didn't note a time that he plans on committing, just that it would come on Monday. I believe he will choose Penn State, and I put my Crystal Ball in on 247Sports reflecting as much, as did Matt. Make sure to check back to Roar Lions Roar for his final decision.
Slade Ready to Make An Announcement?
Upon completing his visit to Penn State this weekend, 2018 five-star all-purpose back Ricky Slade sent out a cryptic tweet that may or may not mean good things for Nittany Lion fans.
Stay Tuned— RS3 (@TheSlade_Era) January 29, 2017
The first thought upon seeing this tweet is that Slade, after this most recent visit, may be ready to announce his commitment. There isn't much evidence that points to that being the case aside from this tweet, though Sean Fitz of Lions247 did just put in a Crystal Ball for Slade to PSU (Sean is rarely wrong with his picks).
Slade would give Penn State its second five-star prospect in the 2018 class already, with a few days still remaining in the 2017 cycle.
Webb is Here to Remind You that You Can't Have it All
Despite what seemed to be a very strong, late push by the coaching staff, it appears as if wide receiver Mark Webb did not see enough this past weekend to cause him to flip his commitment from Georgia to Penn State.
sic em '17— XVIII (@humblehead_mark) January 29, 2017
The four-star receiver out of Archbishop Wood (Pa.) gave the Nittany Lions a fair shake, officially visiting campus in the very last possible weekend, but the staff seems to have come up just short in persuading him to join the roster.
Raines Takes a Rain Check
2018 safety Kwantel Raines was expected to be on-hand this weekend in State College, but the four-star prospect wasn't able to make it after all. He did release a schedule of his upcoming visits, however, which he seems determined to stick to.
100% sure that i will be at WVU on the 2/11 , Pitt on 2/18 and PSU on 2/25...— Telly Mac (@KwantelRaines) January 30, 2017
Raines, along with the committed Isaiah Humphries and Isheem Young (Imhotep Institute, Pa.) are the three safeties that Penn State is going after hard in the 2018 class, so expect to continue hearing all three of their names moving forward.
Tarburton Grabs an Offer
Linebacker/defensive line prospect Nick Tarburton received his Penn State offer during his visit this weekend. Tarburton (Pennridge High School, Pa.), who is not yet ranked on the 247Sports Composite but holds a four-star distinction on Rivals, was seemingly very excited about the offer and the visit.
He told Blue White Illustrated's Ryan Snyder in an interview that "The whole visit was great. Just seeing the stadium and all of their facilities, everything is excellent. Their stadium is incredible. Walking up there was really cool." You can catch Ryan's full interview for FREE right here.
He also spoke with Fitz of Lions247 ($), where he revealed his top-group and more.
There were other players in State College this weekend as well. One was Archbishop Stepinac athlete Atrilleon Williams, who got some quality time with coach Tim Banks.
Williams is starting to garner more interest, as the 2018 three-star prospect on the Composite rankings has heard from Michigan, Wake Forest, Boston College, Penn State and others since de-committing from Rutgers.
Also in town, though unexpectedly, was 2018 four-star offensive tackle Rasheed Walker. The Colonial Heights (Md.) product was in State College and seemed to have a solid visit, as well.
This Week in "Journey Brown is Fast"
Journey Brown is fast.
Indoor Track: Journey Brown runs a blazing 6.87 in the 60 final, the fastest in PA and 10th in the entire United States!! #BulldogNation— Meadville Athletics (@mvillebulldogs) January 28, 2017
Excuse me, let me rephrase. Journey Brown is very fast.
Hoops: did Pat chambers Find The Next Jimmer?
Penn State basketball also did some recruiting this weekend as they had 2019 guard Joseph Girard in for an unofficial visit in which he also earned a scholarship offer.
Penn State will bring in sharpshooting 2019 Glens Falls guard Joseph Girard today for an unofficial visit, per source— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) January 28, 2017
Girard would represent something that the current roster badly needs- a pure shooter. Though there's still a good amount of time before he would even make it to Happy Valley should he eventually commit, he could be a fun college hoops player to watch. Just take a look at some of his highlights.