Ronald Thompkins, Jr., a four-star athlete out of Loganville, Georgia (Grayson HS), dropped his top-four list of schools on Twitter on Monday morning with Penn State still in the running for his college commitment.
— Ronald Thompkins ll (@jrthompkins5) March 5, 2018
Thompkins, who was originally committed to Florida State before cooling off that pledge last fall, includes Tennessee, USC, and current home of former Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, Mississippi State, as his other three schools of interest. The 335th-ranked prospect of the 2019 class has not visited Penn State, but was offered by Florida when Ja'Juan Snider was still on staff there. The Lions will surely want to get him on campus this summer and fall as he could be another swiss-army knife type, capable of playing running back or wide receiver on the offensive side of the ball.
satellite camp season
Satellite camps have become increasingly important as a recruiting opportunity over the past few years. Penn State has taken advantage, using the camps to find under-the-radar prospects from outside of their normal recruiting footprint (see: Justin Fields before he blew up last summer). It appears they'll continue using the camps again in 2018 as it was announced they would be taking part in a massive conglomeration of college programs at Lindenwood University in Missouri this summer.
— Marc Lillibridge (@NFLBridge) March 5, 2018
Branching out in looks for the 2019 class is a smart move for the Nittany Lions as the in-state class is one of the weakest in recent history. Penn State has a number of offers out to some of the Midwest's best prospects, including four-star safety Jalani Williams out of St. Louis, who put the Lions in his top-eight last week.
More news on summer camps as it becomes available.
The opening: San francisco
Harrisburg High linebacker Andre White, Jr. took a long trip out to San Francisco this past weekend to head to a west coast stop on The Opening's Tour and he came back home with a bit of hardware.
RB MVP- Giles Jackson, LB MVP- Andre White SPARQ MVP- Tristan Sinclair @TheOpening
— Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman) March 4, 2018
White came all the way West for The Opening Regional and didn't waste any reps, seemingly taking more reps than any linebacker, and looking pretty good in all of them. It was a good linebacker group and White was the standout, winning MVP honors. He's got a great frame with good size already and showed a great competitive nature to his game. Penn State leads in the Crystal Ball for him.
White is currently a three-star prospect, but watch for him to shoot up the rankings after more camp work this summer.
Another big 33 Penn stater
Last month, future Nittany Lions Jahan Dotson and Charlie Katshir were named to the Pennsylvania Big 33 squad. Another of their teammates will be joining them in the high school all-star game this summer as Daniel George was selected to the Maryland team last week. The matchup between Mason-Dixon border states will take place in June at Central Dauphin High School.