The Long and Short of It - Recruiting Report

Fight On State recruiting analyst Beth Long provides the latest insight and developments on several top Penn State prospects like Eugene Lewis, Canaan Severin, C.J. Williams, Kaiwan Lewis and Michael Westray.

In this week's Long and Short of It, Beth focuses on two areas of need for the Lions -- WR and DB.

One of the top WR prospects in the Northeast, four-star Eugene Lewis out of Plymouth, Pa., is beginning to narrow his list of over 20 offers. He told me that he is beginning to form his top five.

In the meantime, the Penn State staff is not letting up on its pursuit of Lewis.

"I talk to Coach (Mike) McQueary like once a week," Lewis said. "So we have a pretty good relationship."

Another top WR prospect is Worcester Academy (Mass.) WR Canaan Severin, who is also very interested in the Lions.

"The Penn State coaches have been talking to me for a while," Severin said. "And I think that Coach (Bill) Kenney is coming by this week."

But it's not only Kenney that is keeping Severin interested in PSU – he is good friends with PSU commit Camren Williams.

"Camren Williams and I were talking all night [the other night]," Severin said. "About Penn State and who they are bringing in."

The Lions have other areas of concern to address in the Class of 2012, and one of those is defensive back. The coaching staff is beginning to pay visits to some under-the-radar prospects who are beginning to impress hard hitters – like the Lions.

One of these prospects is Waldorf, Md., DB Michael Westray.

Even though the Westlake HS standout hasn't received an offer from the Lions yet, he has plenty of connections with the team already. Mainly through Westlake product and current Penn State receiver Devon Smith.

"I have heard a lot of good things about Penn State from Devon Smith," Westray said. "Not only does Devon really like it there, but my coach is really cool with Coach (Larry) Johnson."

He continued, "It's a connection thing. Actually visiting Penn State I got a vibe like no other college I've been too, I feel like I fit in. I like it."

Another one of these prospects is Baltimore safety C.J. Williams.

Johnson and McQueary have both been spotted recently visiting Williams at Calvert Hall College High.

"The first time Larry Johnson stopped by I was at an all-star banquet for football," Williams said. "And he was looking for me."

He continued, "This Wednesday Coach McQueary stopped by and Daquan Davis, Trevor Williams, and I worked out for him and he said he really liked me and to keep in touch."

One last mention goes to New Jersey four-star MLB Kaiwan Lewis.

Lewis will announce his top schools at the beginning of June.

And is he thinking about the Lions at all?

"No," Lewis said. "I'm not interested in Penn State."

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