Western Fallout for Penn State
With all the turmoil coming out of Penn State, the recruiting reach for the Nittany Lions stretched as far West as Colorado, where they had a verbal from four-star offensive lineman Joey O'Connor out of Windsor (Colo.)
And O'Connor became the first public decommit in the wake of Joe Paterno's firing.
"I have decommitted from Penn State," O'Connor said on Thursday evening. "I'm going to explore all my options now."
O'Connor was one of 16 commits to Penn State, but became the first publicly decommit following a trying week in State College, which culminated with the resignation then ultimately the firing of Paterno.
Armstead's Busy Time of Year
After taking official visits to Alabama and Notre Dame, Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove offensive tackle Arik Armstead, Scout.com's #1-ranked prospect in 2012, looks to be filling two more official visits.
"We have a tentative schedule set," said his father, Guss. "We're going to USC this weekend for the Washington game, unofficially and then on Sunday, we're going to check in with UCLA unofficially and meet with the football and basketball coaches."
And then the following two weekends look to be official visits for Armstead.
The final spot will be between three schools.
Cardinal Host Big Recruiting Weekend
Stanford will be hosting Oregon on Saturday night in the de facto Pac-12 North title game.
The Cardinal are also using the weekend to bring in several top prospects, both committed and uncommitted.
The headliner is Andrus Peat, the #3-player nationally by Scout.com and a five-star offensive tackle from Tempe (Ariz.) Corona del Sol. He'll be joined by four-star outside linebacker Ifeadi Odenigbo, the #3-ranked outside backer nationally by Scout.com. Three-star Ohio safety Bam Bradley will also be in attendance.
Stanford is also expecting a number of top 2013 prospects.
Castro Shutting Things Down
Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta outside linebacker Jeremy Castro was once a Washington commit, and then he switched to Oregon last month.
Castro was supposed to visit Washington this past weekend, but then said he was going to switch that to later in November.
Over the weekend, Castro said that he is done with visits.
"I'm not a soft commit to Oregon, I'm going hard with my commit to Oregon. I'm not taking anymore trips," said Castro.
Castro said that included no longer planning to visit Washington this month.
Christian Powell - FB/DT - Upland (Calif.)
Powell's stock continues to rise as one of the top fullbacks in the West. Powell landed a new offer, from Texas A&M, and will visit College Station officially next weekend, the 19th, and will be at Washington the week after.