Northeast Notes

A spin around the region for the latest on commitments, visits and announcement dates.

A spin around the northeast region highlighting the latest happenings.
  • This coming weekend will be big on Penn State's campus as a host of committed players will be on campus for official visits.

    Oakcrest High (Mays Landing, N.J.) linebacker Brandon Bell, Red Bank Regional High (Little Silver, N.J.) defensive end Garrett Sickels, Hershey (Pa.) High offensive lineman Andrew Nelson, Randolph (N.J.) High offensive lineman Brandon Mahon, Cedar Cliff High (Camp Hill, Pa.) tight end Adam Breneman, Fork Union (Va.) High quarterback Christian Hackenberg and Council Rock North High (Newton, Pa.) Curtis Cothran are among the official visitors slated to be in State College, Pa.

    Each player said they are solid to the Nittany Lions.

  • Five-star receiver Robert Foster of Central Valley High (Monaca, Pa.) said he will announce his college decision Dec. 21 in a ceremony at is school. Foster added he will chose between Pittsburgh and Alabama, and he officially visited both schools.

    Pittsburgh has made a strong push for Foster, and should be aided by Belle Vernon (Pa.) High four-star offensive lineman Dorian Johnson's recent commitment. Johnson, Foster and Clairton (Pa.) High four-star receiver Tyler Boyd, who is announcing at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, all officially visited Pittsburgh together.

  • Immaculata High (Somerville, N.J.) defensive end Tashawn Bower remains committed to Auburn despite the coaching change, but he is looking at other schools. Bower made another visit to Rutgers for its Thursday game against Louisville, and said he may make an official visit.

  • Rutgers lost to Louisville, but did pick up a nice commitment on the night when St. Elizabeth High (Wilmington, Del.) receiver Andre Patton made his decision. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Patton is the type of big-bodied receiver the Scarlet Knights are looking for in their pro-style offense.

  • Boston College doesn't have a coach, but it did land a defensive tackle when Tevin Montgomery of Tabor Academy (Marion, Mass.) committed. He was assured by Boston College athletic director Brad Bates that his commitment would be honored by the incoming coach.

  • West Virginia got a nice start to its 2014 class when Gateway High (Monroeville, Pa.) receiver Ricky Rogers committed during an unofficial visit for the Kansas game. Rogers, who is 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, said the combination of the offense, the coaching staff and the feel of the school were the reasons for his commitment.

  • The Hun School (Princeton, N.J.) offensive tackle/defensive end Hunter Knighton postponed his official visit to West Virginia. He could make it in January, but he is uncertain about a date. Knighton already visited Purdue, Boston College and Boise State, and he is slated to trip to Miami this weekend.

  • Pomfret (Md.) McDonough High offensive lineman Na'Ty Rodgers said South Carolina remains his leader, but he is trying to schedule visits to Michigan, Nebraska and Maryland. He is tentatively set to visit the Terps this weekend, and it remains to be seen if he will work in other visits because he wants to announce his decision Jan. 4 at the Under Armour All-American Game.

  • Lancaster (Pa.) Catholic running back Roman Clay was waiting to see if Penn State was going to offer, but he didn't want to wait any longer and he committed to Kent State.

    "It's a great school, the football program is on the rise and the coaching staff said I could fit in well," Clay said.

  • Milford Academy (New Berlin, N.Y.) cornerback Sterling Parks picked up offers from Pittsburgh and Temple, and also set an official visit for Temple this coming weekend.

  • There is an intriguing matchup in the PIAA Class AA semifinals with one of the region's best running backs against one of the region's best linebackers.

    It has uncommitted four-star running back David Williams leading Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia) against four-star linebacker and Notre Dame commit Alex Anzalone of Wyomissing (Pa.) High. Both schools are 14-0.

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