Stocker's Recruitment Moving Along

The Coatesville, Pa., senior has a few programs standing out and a weekend visit set to a Big Ten program.

Jay Stocker hasn’t picked up any new offers of late. He’s hoping that changes this weekend.

The Coatesville, Pa., class of 2015 safety will arrive at Penn State for the program’s 7-on passing camp Friday before camping with the hopes of earning a Nittany Lion offer Saturday.

“They’re talking to me a lot, probably twice a week,” Stocker said. “I talked to Coach [Bob] Shoop. He just says like stay positive and he gets my hyped.

“We have good conversations. We talk about football and we talk about life, and everything, really.”

Stocker’s most recent trip was to Cincinnati, and Maryland and Syracuse have been showing the most interest.

The Terps and Orange have offered, while the Bearcats have not. The safety is up to 14 offers, and said one from the Nittany Lions would vault them to the top of his list.

“I mean, I’ve been talking to the [Penn State] head coach [James Franklin], and they want to work with me and everything,” Stocker said. “They said they really want me.

“It would mean a lot. It would put them up there on my list.”

Facilities stood out at Cincinnati, Stocker said. At Maryland and Syracuse, the draw to date has been a grab bag of coaching, facilities, and academics.

“I’ve been hearing from them a lot,” Stocker said of the Terps. “They’re recruiting me hard, and a lot. I have an opportunity to get on the field early, and I like the education.

“With Syracuse, I’ve been talking to [assistant head] Coach [Tim] Daoust, and it’s the same with Maryland; once or twice a week.”

The 6-foot-2, 191 pound defensive back said he is working to narrow his list, but was unsure if that would happen before the season started or not.

Stocker is taking a similar mindset with his decision, as his final high school season is quickly approaching.

“I’m just trying to win a championship and just perform and do well for my team,” he said. “I just want to get better every day.”

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