For the Future (10.24.17): Whiteout Reactions and a New Offer

By Nick Polak on October 24, 2017 at 10:00 am
Charlie Katshir, Trent Gordon, Justin Shorter, and Isaiah Humphries take in the experience of gameday.
Adriana Lacy, Roar Lions Roar

Whiteout Visitors

As tends to happen when the atmosphere is electric and the team wins by a large margin, it seems that all of the recruits in attendance for Penn State's win over Michigan had a great time. Lons247 has a whole gallery of photos highlighting who made it to campus. You should check out their full list for yourself, but here are some of the most familiar names.

Commits: Jordan Miner (official), Trent Gordon (official), Isaiah Humphries (official), Zack Kuntz, Charlie Katshir, Jesse Luketa, Nick Tarburton, Shaquon Anderson-Butts, Juice Scruggs, Justin Shorter, Will Levis, Nana Asiedu, Jake Pinegar, and 2019 commit Keaton Ellis.

Targets: Tyreke Smith (2018), Kwantel Raines (2018), Cade Stover (2019), Dean Engram (2019), DeMarcco Hellams (2019), Devyn Ford (2019), D.J. Turner (2019), Garrett Shrader (2019), Jordan Houston (2019), Kendrell Scurry (2019), Noah Potter (2019), Ronnie Hickman (2019), Savion Jackson (2019), Shane Lee (2019), Taquan Roberson (2019), Warren Burrell (2019), Zach Harrison (2019), Bryan Bresse (2020), Sheridan Jones (2020), Chris Tyree (2020), Chris Pyne (2020)

So yeah. There were a ton of huge names in town for the game. As always is standard per games like this, although there were no commitments made during the weekend, this experience will end up being the deciding factor for many of these guys, because a good number of them could end up Nittany Lions in the end.

Whiteout Reactions

★★★★★ DE Bryan Bresse (2020)

You can't start a recruiting process in a much more favorable way than Penn State has with the early No. 1 overall player in the 2020 class. The battle for the Damascus, MD stud will be a tight one thanks to his location (everyone and their mother targets the DMV heavily in recruiting), but Penn State gave him a fantastic first impression of Happy Valley.

★★★★ DE Tyreke Smith (2018)

Smith remains, arguably, the top target remaining on Penn State's 2018 board. It's a great sign for the Lions that Smith plugged this game into his very busy schedule as an unofficial visit- no other school has had him for an unofficial since Penn State did back in July. Since then, he has officially visited both USC and Alabama, with official trips to Ohio State and Oregon to come in the upcoming weeks.

He's set to take his Penn State official on the second weekend of December, meaning that will likely be his final visit before announcing his commitment at the Under Armour All America game. Things look good for Penn State here.

★★★★ CB Sheridan Jones (2020)

This is a paywalled article, but Jones also spoke to Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports about his visit and had very positive things to say.

“It was an amazing experience from beginning to the end,” 247Sports No. 1 ranked cornerback in 2020 Sheridan Jones said. “The fans and everything were out of control. The coaching staff is also something that caught my eye. They seem like very relatable people on and off the field that I can really grow with. The food was also a plus. And the highlight of the day had to be the defense. They played lights out ball all night.”

Obviously, it's very early for the 2020 prospect. But Jones will be a very important target in the 2020 class.

★★★★ WR DeMarcco Hellams (2019)

This is Hellams' fourth visit since April, and second of the football season already (per 247Sports, he hasn't visited any school aside from Penn State yet). He told Steve Wiltfong that "the environment was crazy and it gets crazier."

“We actually set history today with 110,000 people. The highlights I take from this game is how PSU came out swinging against a very strong Michigan defense and a greedy PSU defense that looked for redemption, also how those guys play for each other.”

A decision doesn't seem imminent quite yet, but it's hard to see Hellams going anywhere but Penn State at this point in time.

Need more recruit reactions? Check out the full Steve Wiltfong article on 247Sports, as well as Ryan Snyder's ever-updating list of quotes from recruits in attendance.

A New Offer

Penn State extended a new 2019 offer to Roswell, GA athlete Steele Chambers.

Chambers is a four-star prospect with a ten-star name. He has also been offered by Ohio State and Clemson in the past two weeks.