East Region Notes

A look at the latest commits, list trimmings and offers in the East Region.

A look around the East region with what took place the last week.

  • Penn State's coaching staff continues to put together an impressive class and four-star safety Marcus Allen of Dr. Henry A. Wise High (Upper Marlboro, Md.) is one of the gems of it. Allen committed to the Nittany Lions on what turned into a nice Friday.

    A few hours after the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Allen made the call to coach Bill O'Brien, the Nittany Lions added De La Salle Collegiate (Warren, Mich.) linebacker Jared Wangler to the mix.

    It gives Penn State nine commitments, including three members of the Scout 300, and Allen said he is working on The Gilman School (Baltimore) four-star cornerback Troy Vincent Jr., who is nearing a decision.

  • Maryland went to Massachusetts for its third commitment of the 2014 class when runnig back Johnathan Thomas of St. Johns Prep (Danvers, Mass.) chose the Terps over offers such as Arkansas and Boston College.

    Thomas joins St. Johns College (Washington, D.C.) quarterback William Ulmer and McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.) offensive tackle Jared Cohen in the class.

  • T.C. Williams High (Alexandria, Va.) four-star defensive tackle Jeremiah Clarke trimmed his extensive offer list to six schools. Making the cut were Miami, Tennessee, Penn State, North Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest.

    Clarke said he is unsure when he will make a decision, but added proximity to his home played a role in his list.

  • Gateway High (Monroeville, Pa.) Scout 300 safety Montae Nicholson planned to trim his extensive offer by the end of May, but he said commitment to track and the number of schools showing him interest are delaying his decision to trim his list.

  • Gateway High cornerback Anthony Davis listed a top three of Temple, West Virginia and Penn State last month, but he has since backed off with his recruitment and said he no longer has a top list and everyone is equal.

    Davis holds more than a dozen offers, and he said he wanted to wait and see what transpired for the rest of the spring evaluation period before making a decision.

  • Harrisburg (Pa.) High running back Robert Martin was offered by Maryland and has seen his list increase close to double digits, but two long-standing schools continue to top his list. He had West Virginia and Rutgers in his top two, and that remains the case.

    "They're still the schools showing me the most love."

  • Moving to the offer front, Virginia Tech was active on Friday as Paramus (N.J.) Catholic offensive lineman Billy Ray Mitchell and Council Rock High South (Holland, Pa.) guard Eric Gallo both said they were offered by the Hokies.

    Gallo's brother, P.J. Gallo, plays at Maryland.

  • Southern Regional High (Manahawkin, N.J.) receiver Mike Gesicki continued to add offers as Connecticut extended one during the week. His list is now in double digits, and he continues to wait on a Notre Dame offer.

  • North Carolina was active in New Jersey as it extended offers to Bergen Catholic High (Oradell, N.J.) defensive lineman Kurt Holuba and Millville (N.J.) High defensive lineman Antoine White.

  • Temple went to Montclair (N.J.) High to add offers to a pair of Mounties in defensive end Darius Slade and tight end Austin Stevens. Both received the offers shortly after Rutgers extended offers to the duo.

  • Shady Side Academy (Pittsburgh) running back Dennis Briggs picked up his first offer, and it was a big one as hometown Pittsburgh was the one extending it. Briggs said he has the Panthers high on his list, but he wanted to wait a little longer before making a decision.

  • Canisius High (Buffalo) running back Qadree Ollison's offer run continued as Indiana extended one to the 6-foot-1, 220-pounder. He was also visited by Penn State and Rutgers late in the week, and he added Rutgers, Iowa and Pittsburgh were the schools recruiting him the most.

  • Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) outside linebacker prospect Kobie Walker picked up a pair of offers from schools changing conferences. Syracuse, which is moving to the ACC in July, offered and Rutgers, which is moving to the Big Ten in July 2014, came through with offers.

  • Coatesville (Pa.) High middle linebacker Tyler Burke added to his offer list by picking up Georgia Tech. He recently added a Connecticut offer and is trying to schedule visits to Wisconsin and Stanford.

  • Neumann-Goretti High (Philadelphia) receiver Jamal Custis, who is 6-foot-6, 210 pounds, added an offer from Virginia. He is a player who could grow into a tight end, and also holds offers from Pittsburgh, Rutgers and UMass.

  • Pope John XXIII High (Sparta, N.J.) receiver Noah Brown continued to add offer as Ohio State was the latest to chime in.

  • Dwight Morrow High (Englewood, N.J.) safety Julius Wingate picked up his first offer when Old Dominion came through with one.

  • Class of 2015 Quince Orchard High (North Potomac, Md.) defensive end Adam McLean added an offer from Rutgers and North Carolina State to go with offers from Florida State, Nebraska and Virginia Tech.

  • Calvert Hall (Baltimore) outside linebacker Rahshaun Smith, a class of 2016 prospect, was offered by Arkansas. He already has offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Maryland, Penn State, Rutgers and Tennessee.

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