Naturally, with Penn State having just concluded their yearly Junior Day weekend events, most of the recruiting news today concerns the recent visitors in Happy Valley. Today, we're going to break down all of the news offers, congregate as many of the tweets from the weekend as possible, and gather up all of the links you need to make sure you're in the know. Enjoy.
|Name (School)||Year||Position||247Sports Rankings|
|Marcellus Earlington (Don Bosco Prep, Nj.)||2018||SDE||No. 600 overall, No. 21 SDE|
|Alim McNeill (Sanderson, Nc.)||2018||SDE/ILB||No. 1086 overall, No. 41 SDE|
|Jacob Lacey (South Warren, Ky.)||2019||DT||No. 32, No. 4 DT|
|Caedan Wallace (Hun School, Nj.)||2019||OG||Not yet ranked|
|Bryan Bresee (Damascus, Md.)||2020||SDE||Not yet ranked|
The names on this list that Penn State fans are probably aware of already are Earlington and Lacey. Earlington joins the growing list of defensive ends that James Franklin is recruiting outside of the committed Micah Parsons (Dorian Hardy, John Morgan, Tyreke Smith, and Eyabi Anoma to name a few). Though early (ha), Earlington's 247Sports Crystal Ball has four predictions in for Penn State, all put in the day after his visit.
Lacey is one of the big names the Nittany Lions are in on early in the 2019 cycle, and rightfully so as he is one of the better defensive tackle prospects in the country. There's plenty of time to go in his recruitment, but Lacey already holds offers some offers from top programs, including Louisville, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Penn State, Tennesee and home-state Kentucky.
Rather than embed all of these on site and make this article impossibly long, simply scroll through this box here to check out most of the reactions from the past weekend. If you see others that we missed, post them in the comments.
We're in the process of setting up some interviews of our own here at Roar Lions Roar to hear about the weekend from the recruits, but luckily we also have the great work of our friends Sean Fitz (Lions247) and Ryan Snyder (BWI) to fall back on, so check out some of their pieces from the weekend if you haven't already.
- Hellams enjoys Happy Valley (Fitz, L247 $)
- Armstrong checks out Penn State (Fitz, L247 $)
- Five-star PSU commit Micah Parsons talks recent visits, commitment status (Friedman, Rivals $)
- Junior Day: Player Reactions (Snyder, BWI $)
Where Are the Commits?
Some people have seemed #annoyed #online about the lack of commitments from the Penn State site of things this past weekend. Fear not, however. With 11 commits in the 2018 class already in the books heading into the weekend, the events of Friday and Saturday were never going to necessarily be about earning commitments immediately, but rather continuing to nurture relationships.
A great example comes in the form of offensive tackle Nana Asiedu.
Asiedu, who went into the weekend favoring Clemson, was never going to commit to any school as a result of his visit, but the Nittany Lions have put themselves into a nice position moving forward.
These big weekends are typically about getting a chance to show the recruits, their coaches (if in attendance) and the parents what Penn State is about, and to give each of them a reason to come back for a more personalized visit or for a home football game.