We apologize for our lack of recruiting updates this week- the Joe Moorhead news obviously took precedent for us. So hopefully this recap of the week can fulfill your recruiting needs! -NP
With Penn State unfortunately sitting at home for this year's edition of the Big Ten Championship, the coaching staff was able to take advantage of the week off and head around the country to do some home visits with their commits. Here are just a few of the players they stopped by to see.
Linebacker Jesse Luketa (and his family at their home in Canada)
— Jesse Luketa (@OttawasVeryOwn) November 30, 2017
— Rose (@roseluketa) November 30, 2017
Cornerback Trent Gordon
— TG (@_TRENTG_) November 29, 2017
Offensive lineman Juice Scruggs
Home visit was great ! pic.twitter.com/ZFkbxOP4xP
— Supa (@JuiceScruggs) December 1, 2017
Kicker Jake Pinegar
— Jake Pinegar (@jpinegar10) November 28, 2017
Offensive lineman Bryce Effner
— Bryce Effner (@b_effner) November 29, 2017
Safety Isaiah Humphries
— Isaiah (@TheHumphries23) November 28, 2017
So yeah, they've been busy. Expect to continue seeing them on the road in the coming weeks checking in on their current commits, as well as their remaining targets.
The staff also sent a few new offers out this week.
2020 running back Mookie Cooper (Trinity Catholic, MO)
— Mookie Cooper (@moooksterr1) November 28, 2017
2019 JuCo cornerback Jaquon Brisker
— Quanny B. (@JaquanBrisker) November 30, 2017
And a new offer that's not as fun
Four-star defensive end Jayson Oweh is already one of the top players left on the board for all of Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, and Notre Dame. Now, another college football superpower is throwing their hat into the ring.
— Jayson Oweh (@JaysonOweh) December 1, 2017
Typically, this would be a bit late in the cycle for a team offering to truly make a difference in a recruitment, unless it was an offer that was expected to come. But Oweh's recruitment history would suggest that the Tide could become a factor here. After all, Michigan only offered in October and after visiting campus at the end of November, it appears that the Wolverines are arguably the leader for the New Jersey product.
Time will tell if Oweh takes a visit to Alabama before deciding, but this recruitment is still far from over.
The Impact of Huff and Moorhead leaving
247Sports did a great job of breaking down the impact of Joe Moorhead leaving Penn State on the recruiting trail (spoiler- it shouldn't make a huge difference). Huff though, could be a different story.
This Penn State staff does an excellent job of making every recruitment feel like a family recruitment, in that many staff members are actively recruiting each player, including James Franklin himself. Still, Charles Huff has been an ace recruiter for the program over the past four years. I have little doubt that Franklin will be able to replace him with someone equally as talented as a coach and recruiter, but it's worth watching how things play out in the coming months and year with Huff gone. Of course, his marquee commit in the 2018 class, Ricky Slade, has already made it clear that he is 100% committed to Penn State. So that's a good start.