For the Future (07.11.17): Lasch Bash List Taking Shape, New 247Sports Rankings, New Quarterback Target Emerging

By Nick Polak on July 11, 2017 at 8:08 am
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Get In Line for the Bash

With the annual Lasch Bash approaching this weekend, plenty of visitors are confirming their plans to attend Penn State's biggest recruiting event of the summer. A more complete list will be posted later in the week to help you follow along through Roar Lions Roar, but let's take a look at some of the latest recruits to make it known that they'll be traveling to Happy Valley.

Both Isaiah Humphries and Trent Gordon, the two Texas natives in Penn State's 2018 class will be making their way to campus. Gordon's visit may end up being quite an important one, as he's on the record as saying he's still open to other schools despite being firm in his current verbal commitment.

Four-star defensive lineman Tyreke Smith will finally take a break from his dominant camp circuit this summer to get back and visit one of his top schools. The Nittany Lions remain in the running, but the Buckeyes are trending for the Ohio native.

Julian Major is a new name for most fans. The three-star receiver in the class of 2018 will be making his second visit to Happy Valley since the spring (he was in town for the Blue/White game). Major currently holds offers from Michigan State, Iowa State, Kentucky, Virginia, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Temple, Virginia, and a few others. In-state Penn State and Pitt have yet to extend offers.

And of course one of our personal favorites here on Roar Lions Roar, Jesse Luketa, will be on hand serving in his role as class leader and ultimate recruiter.

Check back to Roar Lions Roar later in the week for a full list of visitors expected on-hand.

Reshuffling the Rankings

On the heels of the events out in Oregon during The Opening Finals, 247Sports released another update to their Top247 rankings. With much of the movement within these rankings coming as a result of that event, those who were not in attendance didn't receive the same amount of attention. After all, no one can see and accurately compare every player in the country.

Still, a number of Penn State commits and targets found their names on the new list. Here's where they all fall.

  • No. 7 WR Justin Shorter
  • No. 48 TE Zack Kuntz
  • No. 80 APB Ricky Slade
  • No. 107 OT Nana Asiedu
  • No. 185 DE Dorian Hardy
  • No. 1 Dual-QB Justin Fields
  • No. 4 DE Micah Parsons
  • No. 71 DE Tyreke Smith
  • No. 75 DT P.J. Mustipher
  • No. 94 DE Eyabi Anoma
  • No. 112 OT Rasheed Walker
  • No. 115 OLB Shayne Simon
  • No. 129 CB Houston Griffith
  • No. 133 DT Tyler Friday
  • No. 137 S Kwantel Raines
  • No. 148 ILB Jack Lamb
  • No. 161 DE Jayson Oweh
  • No. 181 DE John Waggoner
  • No. 182 WR Jahan Dotson
  • No. 186 WR Daniel George
  • No. 223 S Isheem Young

With so many targets left on this list who seem destined for Happy Valley, don't expect to see the Lions' class drop outside of the top-ten anytime soon.

A new Name at Quarterback?

Does it hurt for Penn State fans to see former commit Justin Fields ranked as the No. 1 overall player in the country in the new 247Sports rankings? Yeah! We get it. You'll be okay.

Instead, focus on the guy the staff may be looking at next, Will Levis (Xavier, CT). The three-star prospect earned the highest SPARQ score of any signal caller at The Opening regionals, and will be in State College to work out for the staff on Friday night, according to Lions247.

Levis surely will hope to earn an offer with a strong performance, and if predictions from 247Sports national analysts Barton Simmons and Steve Wiltfong are any indication, the Lions would become a heavy favorite. Levis currently holds offers from a host of programs, the most notable being recent offers from Florida State, Iowa, and Syracuse.

Could Levis be the replacement for Justin Fields in the 2018 class? Only time will tell.


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