For the Future (08.22.17): New Rivals Rankings, Brooks Puts Penn State in Top-9, and More

By Nick Polak on August 22, 2017 at 8:32 am
Marcel Brooks

Rivals Updates

As we inch closer and closer to the regular season, we also inch closer and closer to recruiting rankings becoming more relevant and accurate. Rivals updated their top-100 for the final time before high school seasons across the country begin, and many familiar names for Penn State fans were included.

  • No. 6, DE Micah Parsons (Target)
  • No. 43, WR Justin Shorter (Commit) (Yes, it is absurd that he's this low)
  • No. 47, DB Houston Griffith (Target)
  • No. 49, OT Rasheed Walker (Target)
  • No. 53, DT Tyreke Smith (Target)
  • No. 56, RB Ricky Slade (Commit)
  • No. 60, DT Tyler Friday (Target)
  • No. 99, DE Eyabi Anoma (Target)

With limited space remaining (Two spots? Three spots?), some of these names are more realistic than others. Walker seems to be the top overall target still on the board, with Smith not too far behind him. Parsons will always be a take if he wants to commit, no matter the numbers. Friday, Griffith, and Anoma all appear to be trending in other directions, but still, have high interest in Penn State. We should see all three on visits at some point during the season barring commitments elsewhere.

See the full Rivals100 here.

Brooks Puts Penn State in Final Nine

Marcel Brooks is one of the top players in the country for the 2019 class. The four-star outside linebacker/safety from Flower Mound, TX is the No. 49 overall player on the 247Sports Composite as of right now.

As proof of the growing influence Penn State has across the nation, and specifically, in Texas, Brooks put the Nittany Lions in his top-nine.

Now, it is fair to point out that Brooks has made this list despite only having been reported as visiting two schools since February- Oklahoma and Texas.

Still, this is at the least a great sign that the Penn State brand is more nationally recognized than ever, and it puts the staff in a great position to persuade Brooks to head up to Happy Valley for a game at some point in 2017.

Nunez Visits

Penn State has built a very solid foundation for its 2018 recruiting class with three/four-star guards Rasir Bolton and Myles Dread. Now, they're looking for pieces to supplement those two.

One possible name could be Adrien Nunez (St. Thomas More, NY), who took an unofficial visit over the weekend.

Adding Nunez would mean adding a third guard to the mix, so we'll have to wait and see if that's what Chambers wants to do with this next open spot in the class. Nunez also holds offers from Boston College, Bowling Green, Brown, Dartmouth, Fordham, La Salle, UMass, Robert Morris, St. Joe's, VCU, Wagner, and Yale.

Bradley commits to Maryland

It may be Walker or bust for Penn State at offensive tackle with the news that JuCo T.J. Bradley decided to commit to Maryland. Though the Nittany Lions liked Bradley, it seemed clear that they intended to wait out Walker first. Not to mention that Bradley's role on the team likely would have been to back up the young tackles, as opposed to grabbing a starting job. He should have a better chance at doing so with the Terps.

From Bradley's conversation with 247Sports's Ahmed Ghafir:

"I was just waiting, but I just realized that I can't get a better place than Maryland," Bradley told 247Sports. "It's a perfect fit. I went there with all my family there and every time we left, we didn't have a negative thing to say about it. I love it there, they love it there, so I thought why not get it over with?"