For the Future (1.17.17): C.J. Thorpe Makes a Top-100 and Hoops Recruiting News

By Bill DiFilippo on January 17, 2017 at 10:30 am
Penn State OL Commit C.J. Thorpe received a big bump in the Rivals100 Rankings.
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An Honor for c.j. thorpe

C.J. Thorpe has been committed to Penn State since April of 2016, so he's sometimes forgotten about when you look down the list of recruits that the Nittany Lions landed in this class.

That, of course, is unwise, because the dude can really play. Proof of that came on Monday, when Thorpe earned the No. 78 spot in the final Rivals 100 rankings of the year. He wasn't the only Nittany Lion to make this list – Rivals has been super high on Lamont Wade for a while now, and that continued to be the case as the five-star cornerback came in at No. 11 overall.

Injury news

Some unfortunate news involving a Penn State target in the class of 2018. Charlie Katshir, a versatile linebacker/safety/receiver prospect from Mechanicsburg, will miss six months due to a shoulder injury. Katshir is the No. 457 prospect in America and Pennsylvania's No. 14 recruit in the class of 2018, according to his 247Sports Composite rating. His Crystal Ball has two predictions, both for the Nittany Lions.

I like the way they dribble up and down the court

Let's talk hoops recruiting! Ever since Joe Hampton transferred before the season, the coaching staff regained a vacant scholarship for the 2017 cycle. While most recruits are already off the board from the early signing period, there's still a chance the Lions could add a new scholarship player for next season.

Enter Tervell 'Nu Nu' Beck.

Beck is a 6'7" wing from Cleveland who was originally a member of the 2016 class (ranked No. 194 in the 247Composite). Instead of pursuing D-I offers from the likes of Dayton or Kent State, Beck decided to prep this season at the On Point Academy in Oklahoma. 

The coaching staff wasn't done handing out offers yesterday. Let us introduce your new favorite basketball player, Ignas Brazdeikis.

Look at my 6'7 son as he balls out for the totally not shady prep school that produced Thon Maker.

The 2018 prospect is a good sized guard/forward with ups and a smooth (lefty!) stroke. I am all in on basketball's newest Iggy (sorry, Sixers fans, I am legally required to troll all Warriors players).

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