On the Road to Happy Valley

Friday and Saturday Penn State will play host to the Elite 11 QB Competition and a Nike Camp. Fight On State talked to some of the prospects scheduled to be at both events – check out what they had to say.

FOS found out some of the top prospects to expect at the Elite 11 QB Competition and the State College Nike Camp — and who you may have expected to show but can't make it.

Starting with those that have confirmed their attendance:

Jaylen Coleman, a MLB out of Pittsburgh, Pa., will be at the State College Nike Camp Saturday.

The three-star Peabody HS standout has not secured an offer from PSU yet but has offers under his belt from Pittsburgh, Toledo and Eastern Michigan, and is drawing interest from nearly 20 schools.

Blake Rankin, one of the top prospects at QB for Penn State from Bloomsburg (Pa.) Area HS will be attending the Elite 11 QB Competition on Friday. Another top QB target, Brendan Nosovitch from Allentown Central Catholic HS, will also be in attendance. Both have yet to receive an offer from the Lions but PSU is said to be seriously interested in both.

Marquis Bundy, an under-the-radar WR from Anthem, Ariz., flew up to State College on a red-eye Wednesday night.

The Boulder Creek HS standout planned to tour Penn State with his mother and step dad Thursday and Friday, then participate in the State College Nike Camp on Saturday.

Bundy was thrilled to be making his first visit to the East Coast.

"I'm excited to be coming up," Bundy said. "I'm looking forward to the Nike Camp and just seeing who is going to be there."

Tyler Alt, a 6-foot-2, 256-pound C prospect from Greensburg Pa., will be attending the State College Nike Camp Saturday.

Other than PSU, Alt is getting attention from Pittsburgh, Michigan State, Purdue, North Carolina State, Duke and Florida State – and thinks they are all very close to offering.

As far as Penn State goes? "They said they would like to see me play some center before offering," Alt said.

Perry Hills, a 6-3, 200-pound QB prospect from Central Catholic HS will be at the Elite 11 QB Competition on Friday.

Hills is a talented athlete, currently ranked seventh nationally in the 2012 recruiting class for wrestling, but he wants to see where he stacks up on the football field.

"I am excited," Hills said. "I can't wait to see where I stand."

Hills has an offer from Kent State to his name and is looking to pick up more on the gridiron.

Mercer Timmis, a 6-2, 205-pound RB/OLB out of Buffalo, N.Y., confirmed he will be at the State College Nike Camp Saturday.

The Cansius HS standout says he is excited about going to Penn State to show what he can do on the field.

William Mahone, a four-star RB prospect out of Youngstown, Ohio, is planning on making the trip to Happy Valley for Saturday's Nike Camp.

"I am definitely trying to come," Mahone said. "I like Penn State a lot and I can see myself there."

He continued, "I love the tradition, the college atmosphere and academic support."

Among those who can't come:

Armani Reeves, a four-star CB from West Roxbury, Mass., won't be coming because his prom is this weekend.

Even though he won't be attending the Nike Camp, PSU is in his top five.

"Penn State, Michigan and Stanford are in it," Reeves said. "I am waiting until summer to have the other two."

Ken Ekanem, a four-star DE out of Centreville HS in Clifton, Va., can't make it to Happy Valley for the ike Camp because he has a commitment to his job. He notified me Wednesday that work had come up at the last minute.


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