The Lion's Lounge - May 2003

PSU would love to sign another quality group. Who are the coaches zeroing in on? Which bluechips have we offered? Find out all you need to know about Penn State recruiting inside 2003's first edition of the Lion's Lounge.

LionNews' Prospect Key:
* * * * * - Penn State verbal commitment!
* * * *       - Penn State leads or co-leads.
* * *           - Penn State is very much in the picture.
* *                - Penn State is in the picture.
*                     - Penn State has been mentioned but is not in the picture.
*                    - Red indicates that Penn State has not currently offered the prospect.

Quarterback:  Scholarship Breakdown
With no quarterback having been signed for two consecutive years, Penn State will make it a priority to sign one signal caller, although two may be a possibility.

Chad Henne- West Lawn, Pa.  (Wilson HS)  6-3, 210
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Despite a good but not superb showing at the Nike Camp, Chad still remains the top recruit in Pennsylvania and number one on the Penn State staff's wish list.  At the camp, he displayed great footwork and a rocket arm, though he struggled with the Nike footballs.  He should be a shoo-in for an Elite 11 invitation when all of the Nike Camps have ended in late June.  From all indications, Chad still hopes to make a commitment to a school over the summer, with Penn State, Michigan, and Tennessee all right at the top of his list.  For now, Penn State must remain patient and confident that the staff can lock up the top signal caller that Pennsylvania has produced since the early 90's.

Anthony Morelli- Pittsburgh, Pa.  (Penn Hills HS)  6-4, 210
Yet another impressive, physically gifted quarterback from Pennsylvania.  He looked very sharp at the Nike Camp, running through Bob Johnson's drills with ease and familiarity from executing them last year.  Anthony has offers from just about everyone nationally.  He has mentioned Penn State on occasion, but the Penn State staff definitely has its sights set on Henne, meaning they will probably lose out on Morelli, even if offering a scholarship.  Right now schools like UCLA and Pittsburgh top his list, but another trip out to Cali for the Elite 11 could sway him toward that powder blue.

Bryan Savage- Haverford, Pa.  (The Haverford School)  6-4, 210
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Bryan impressed many with his performance at the Nike Camp.  Built like a tight end, Savage showed off a great arm and very quick feet, enough to land him third or fourth on the overall ability list of quarterbacks at the camp.  So far only Wisconsin has offered Savage, but by the end of the summer, he could certainly end up with a handful of other big time offers.  What Bryan needs to show this summer and next fall is that he can dominate the lesser schools that play in his league.  He already belongs in the class of quarterbacks just below Henne and Morelli, but with a great season, he could easily vault himself up to their status.

Nick Skeparnias- York, Pa.  (Suburban HS)  6-2, 195
Mike Teel- Ramsey, Nj.  (Don Bosco Prep)  6-3, 205

Running Back:  Scholarship Breakdown
With a glut of unproven young talent at the running back position and the commitment of Matt Hahn, Penn State will probably focus their attentions primarily on signing a fullback.

Matt Hahn- Melville, Ny.  (St. Anthony's HS)  6-1, 215
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When Matt first announced he verbally committed to Penn State, many saw his physical stats and said this kid is earmarked for fullback.  After seeing Matt's highlight film, I believe that he will be a tailback all the way at Penn State.  The first thing that jumps out about Matt are his huge thighs.  Once he gets a head of steam, he is very difficult to bring down one on one. Although he may not be a 4.3 forty guy, he makes quick decisions and hits the hole extremely fast.  Joe Paterno loves that running back with agility enough to catch the ball out of the backfield, a trait which Matt excels at.

Thomas Brown- Tucker, Ga.  (Tucker HS)  5-10, 185
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Another talented Georgian that Coach Kenny Carter has set his sights on.  Unlike Jason Evans from last years recruiting saga...I mean, season, Thomas will be a lot harder to get out of the South.  Right now, Thomas likes Florida State, Georgia, Penn State, Maryland, and Auburn.  Because Penn State may not be looking to take another true tailback with this class, Brown's versatility could allow him to be an outstanding cover corner on the next level.  Where have we heard that before??

Dan Lawlor- Mechanicsburg, Pa.  (Cumberland Valley HS)  6-2, 230
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The best fullback in Pennsylvania, Dan is teammates with current Penn State verbal, Wyatt Bowman.  Although he has an offer at this point, Dan seems to be taking a long hard look at both Maryland and Virginia Tech, his dad's alma mater.  Like most of Pennsylvania's stars, we will probably see another early commitment from Dan.

Chris Pressley- Woodbury, Nj.  (Woodbury HS)  6-1, 255
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Talk about a physical specimen.  Our own MarshCreek has seen Pressley on tape and although I don't remember his original quote, "genetic freak" sums it up pretty well.  With a stable of good, young backs, having Pressley would be like having an offensive guard in the backfield.  At this point it appears Chris has not been offered a scholarship by Penn State, but that should change in the near future.  LionNews has not yet spoken to Chris, but keep your eyes open for something in the next couple of weeks.

Kaysonne Anderson- Manasquan, Nj.  (Manasquan HS)  5-11, 185
Anthony Heygood- Springfield, Pa. (Cardinal O'Hara HS)  6-1, 210

Wide Receiver:  Scholarship Breakdown
With a ton of young wide receivers on the roster, the staff may only be looking to sign one wideout at the most.  Most of the wide outs the Nittany Lions have offered could play another position, adding to their value in the coaches eyes.

Brandon Barrett- Martinsburg, Wv.  (Martinsburg HS)  6-1, 180
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Although many are calling Brandon one of the top wide receivers to ever come from West Virginia, he may actually turn out to be a better defensive back prospect.  He comes from the same program that sent current Nittany Lion, Steve Roach, to Penn State.  Although Brandon has an interest in Penn State, for now he is keeping his options open by checking out Ohio State, West Virginia, Marshall, and the Florida schools.

Dwayne Jarrett- New Brunswick, Nj.  (New Brunswick HS)  6-6, 205
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Everyone's looking for the next Randy Moss or Terrell Owens--plus size wide outs that just dominate with pure speed and extraordinary size.  Dwayne Jarrett certainly comes super sized, measuring in somewhere between 6'4'' and 6'6'', depending on who you ask.  Although we're unaware of his true level of interest in the Nittany Lions, he would sure make any quarterback look good, who was throwing him a fade pattern in the corner of the end zone.

Anthony Vernaglia- Orange, Ca.  (Lutheran HS)  6-3, 215
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The son of former Nittany Lion Kip Vernaglia, Anthony was thoroughly impressed by his first visit to Penn State a couple weeks ago.  Right now, Penn State may have pulled away from UCLA, Virginia, and the others who have offered.  Although Anthony and his family live on the west coast, he also has family on the east coast, so distance poses no problem.  Anthony could be the most versatile player the Nittany Lions have offered, being able to play wide receiver, tight end, outside linebacker, or safety in college.

J.J. Beddle- Keyport, Nj.  (Keyport HS)  5-10, 180
Michael Bell- Shaker Heights, Oh.  (Shaker Heights HS)  6-1, 180
Doug Dutch- Washington, Dc.  (Gonzaga HS)  6-0, 200
Trumaine Smith- Warrensville Heights, Oh.  (Warrensville Heights HS)  6-3, 190

Tight End:  Scholarship Breakdown
Because young tight ends Andrew Richardson and Isaac Smolko have not stepped up to become contributors for the Nittany Lions, three walk-ons have been awarded scholarships over the last couple of years and have performed admirably. Unfortunately, those three walk-ons will all be seniors this season, meaning Penn State must sign at least two tight ends, both of whom must be able to step in right away and see playing time.

Rory Nicol- Beaver, Pa.  (Beaver HS)  6-5, 245
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In a normal year in Pennsylvania, Rory Nicol may have easily been one of the top ten players in the state, but with so much talent across the state, Rory gets ranked by LionNews at #18.  Although Rory has not named the Nittany Lions as his leader, Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley is a Nicol family friend.  LionNews has not yet talked with Rory, but hope to have an in-depth look at his recruitment in the near future.

Ryan Purvis- Lancaster, Pa.  (Lancaster Catholic HS)  6-5, 235
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An unbelievable athlete for a big man, Ryan fits the thinking of one recruiting analyst, who believes some of the NFL's best tight ends are playing power forward in the NBA.  During the PIAA basketball championships, Ryan exploded, showing off a tremendous amount of quickness and athleticism.  Although he does not have any scholarship offers at this point, Ryan could be offered by many with a good May Evaluation period and summer camp tour.  Many coaches will be watching to see if his athletics on the basketball court will equate to a good college tight end.  His father is a Penn State season ticket holder, so the Nittany Lions may have the edge if they offer.

Chad Hoobler- Carrollton, Oh.  (Carrollton HS)  6-4, 220 -----> verbal - Ohio State (5/16/03)

Offensive Line:  Scholarship Breakdown
Ideally, Penn State would love to have signed three offensive lineman with its Class of 2007.  Brandon Nixon, however, decided on Maryland, leaving Penn State one short of its projected goal.  Look for the Nittany Lions to ink at least four lineman with this class, which has already gotten off to a tremendous start with the pledges of both Greg Harrison and Wyatt Bowman.

Greg Harrison- Shenandoah, Pa.  (Shenandoah Valley HS)  6-5, 295
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Greg was a great early get for Penn State for two reasons.  He is one of the most talented lineman in Pennsylvania and he is the kind of guy, not afraid to get on the phones to recruit others for Penn State.  Greg easily ranked up there as one of the most impressive lineman at Nike, displaying quick feet and a huge build.  A good friend of Penn State signee, Joel Holler, it never seemed to be in doubt where Greg would end up, but he did receive 'ships from Maryland, Ohio State, Virginia, Michigan State, and others.

Wyatt Bowman- Mechanicsburg, Pa.  (Cumberland Valley HS)  6-6, 330
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Like Greg Harrison, Wyatt verballed to Penn State on the day of the Blue-White Game, ending a very short courtship by a number of schools.  According to the offensive line coaches at Nike, Wyatt was their choice for top offensive lineman of the day, barely edging out Harrison.  A massive yet lean, barrell-chested individual, Wyatt's performance quickly dispelled all nay-sayers remarks that Penn State offered another "fat" lineman.  Wyatt is not fat; he's a lean individual who will add weight when he gets into the Penn State weight program.  Virginia, Pittsburgh and Maryland were just some of the schools in pursuit before he told the Nittany Lions he wanted to be a part of their program.

Gerald Cadogan- Portsmouth, Oh.  (Portsmouth HS)  6-7, 290
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A true left tackle in college, Gerald has been receiving a boatload of attention from schools since Nike.  In recent days, he has received offers from South Carolina and Boston College, to go with previous offers from Northwestern and Wake Forest. Many in Ohio, including Buckeye guru, Duane Long, feel that he's Ohio State's to lose, with Penn State second, but at this time neither have offered.  This great athlete is one to watch over the next couple of months.

Ryan Ehrie- Bethleham, Pa.  (Freedom HS)  6-7, 285
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In any other year, Ryan may have ranked as one of the state's top 3 lineman.  With this year's amazing talent and depth, Ryan finds himself in that group fighting it out for position within the Top 5.  At Nike, Ryan impressed with his strength, pushing 185 up 31 times, quite a feet for someone with very long arms.  He also showed off quickness, running a 5.03 forty and a 4.5 shuttle. At this juncture, depite interest from a number of division one schools, Ehrie has only received attention from Penn State, but if he attends camp and continues to impress, he would certainly warrant himself a scholarship offer.

Alex Fletcher- Melville, Ny.  (St. Anthony's HS)  6-4, 275
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Although commitments to other schools don't normally get written about in the Lion's Lounge, pledges to Stanford are not honored here until the prospect actually signs on the dotted line.  With that said, Alex Fletcher seems to be a solid verbal to Stanford, but the Penn State coaches have been relentless in trying to make him see the light of day.  A true dominating, explosive center prospect as has come along in recent years, Alex plays with current verbal Matt Hahn and current Nittany Lion, Chris Auletta, who have both been told to "work on" him.  The Penn State would love nothing more than to here the words, "I'm a Cardinal, no more," from the Nation's top center.

Leon Hart- Columbia, Sc.  (Spring Valley HS)  6-5, 285
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One of South Carolina's best offensive lineman, the Nittany Lions offered Leon at the end of April.  A potential tackle on the next level, Leon has also been offered by Clemson, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and Maryland, amongst others.  Right now, Penn State appears to be in a pack of schools chasing South Carolina, Clemson, and Tennessee.  Bill Kenney and Co. have had success in South Carolina, so don't be surprised to see more from Mr. Hart.

Kyle Mitchum- Erie, Pa.  (McDowell HS)  6-5, 265
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Right now, Kyle ranks as the top lineman in Pennsylvania, receiving scholarship offers from just about every on the east coast and then some.  Kyle dominates the line of scrimmage with his unbelievable explosion from his stance.  He weighed in at Nike a little less than he had hoped for, but impressed the coaches by dominating against kids outweighing by 40+ pounds.  Despite having offers from schools everywhere, Kyle seems to like both Penn State and Ohio State very much right now.  He may make an early decision, but nothing has been written in stone.

(note - MarshCreek had the opportunity to evaluate Kyle's junior film, click here to read his take.)

Craig Bokor- Aliquippa, Pa.  (Hopewell HS)  6-4, 275 -----> verbal - Pittsburgh
Brandon Braxton
Eric Cumba- Ramsey, Nj.  (Don Bosco Prep)  
Ben Iannachione- Pittsburgh, Pa.  (Baldwin HS)  6-4, 285
Jon Skinner- Mount Carmel, Pa.  (Mount Carmel HS)  
Jaimie Thomas- Harrisburg, Pa.  (Bishop McDevitt HS)
Phil Trautwein- Voorhees, Nj.  (Eastern HS)  6-6, 285
Trent Varva- Lake Orion, Mi.  (Lake Orion HS)  6-3, 300
Dave Weber- King of Prussia, Pa.  (Upper Merion HS)  6-4, 320
Jeremy Zuttah- Edison, Nj.  (J.P. Stevens HS)  6-4, 280

Defensive Line:  Scholarship Breakdown
With one of the best young defensive lines in the nation, Penn State will go about trying to add depth for its future.  The Nittany Lions will probably try to sign at least two defensive tackles and maybe one end to the current squad.

Will Johnson- Lake Orion, Mi.  (Lake Orion HS)  6-5, 278
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Will Johnson is a name very new to Penn State fans.  Already Purdue, Penn State, Boston College, Michigan State, and Indiana have offered the defensive tackle.  Will has already been to Penn State and could also be back for the Nittany Lions summer camp.  An excellent athlete (5.15 40-yard dash, 30 reps @ 185 pounds, 27.9 inch vertical, and 4.56 shuttle) and student (3.8 GPA), Will is at the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the level of attention he will receive this season.  He prefers defensive tackle, but could play offensive line if defense did not work out.  Penn State is also actively recruiting his teammates Trent Varva and Roger Allison, though it is unclear if either or both have been offered too.

Nhemie Theodore- East Orange, Nj.  (Bishop Francis Essex Catholic HS)  6-4, 285
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A massive, square shouldered individual, Nhemie impressed many at the Blue-White Game and Nike Camp with his looks alone.  Although 6'4'' may be stretching it just a bit, Theodore physically reminds you of a taller Anthony Adams.  Although Penn State has not offered at this point, Nhemie has listed the Nittany Lions as his favorite college team growing up, meaning if they offer he could be a Stater.  However, Nhemie must first decide where he will attend high school his senior year after the announcement that Essex Catholic HS was closing after the 2003 school year ended.

A.Q. Shipley- Corapolis, Pa.  (Moon HS)  6-3, 278
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A.Q. may not be the biggest or quickest defensive lineman in the country, but if there is a more relentless player out there I'd be shocked.  A.Q. simply just destoys kids he tackles, chasing down running backs from behind like a heat seeking missile.  Right now, A.Q. plans to make his decision June 18th between a number of teams, but like many of Pennsylvania's young stars, his decision will probably come down between Penn State and Michigan.  I'd be shocked if the Nittany Lions lost out.

Chris Rogers- Wexford, Pa.  (North Alleghany HS)  6-3, 240
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A kid who exploded on the scene not long ago, Chris is a versatile enough athlete to play either tight end or defensive end in college.  At first Penn State wanted Chris as a tight end, but now the Nittany Lions seem to be leaning toward d-end.  Chris is yet another Pennsylvania star looking to make a decision sometime in July, with the Michigan Wolverines and Penn State the main contenders for his signature.

Olu Hall- Fairfax, Va.  (Robinson Secondary HS)  6-5, 220, 4.7
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From his frame, Olu would appear to be a big, rangy defensive end, somewhat in the Lavon Chisley mold.  It's been rumored that he has an offer from Penn State, but LionNews has not yet confirmed the report.  Olu hails from the same high school as former Nittany Lion, Scott Sanden, and Nittany Lion recruits, Chase Anastascio and Jon Kinzer.

George Covington- Greenbelt, Md.  (Roosevelt HS)  6-3, 230
Brigham Harwell- Hacienda Heights, Ca.  (Los Altos HS)  6-3, 250
Lawrence Miles- La Quinta, Ca.  (La Quinta HS)  6-3, 260

Linebacker:  Scholarship Breakdown
Because 7 linebackers will be graduating during the next two seasons, it is imperative for the staff to get at least three quality outside 'backers with this recruiting class.  The verbal commitment of Dontey Brown should shore up the middle at Penn State for years to come.

Dontey Brown- McKeesport, Pa.  (McKeesport HS)  6-3, 252
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"The kid's an animal. He kills people whenever he hits." - A.Q. Shipley

Despite internet banter saying he will end up somewhere on the defensive line, everyone that has seen Dontey suggests he will stay at middle linebacker.  One of the most surprising verbals in recent memory, Dontey had been quoted as saying he was probably a Pitt-lock until he visited State College on Blue White weekend.  He instantly fell in love with the campus and social setting.  Picking Oakland over Happy Valley is like choosing Roseanne Barr over Brittney Spears--not quite a contest.  Like Greg Harrison, it seems that Dontey has been on the phones recently trying to sway some of Pittsburgh top players towards Penn State.

Dan Connor- Wallingford, Pa.  (Strath Haven HS)  6-3, 215
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Dan has been a fan favorite in Pennsylvania since his sophomore year of high school.  He now boasts over 30 offers from schools in every geographic region in America.  Right now it appears that Dan will make a decision sometime this summer, once he has the opportunity to check out all the schools that he is most interested in.  Penn State, Notre Dame, and Michigan have all stepped to the forefront.  The edge may go to the Lions, who have Dan's good friend and former teammate, Josh Hannum, but don't rule out Notre Dame.

Marcus Freeman- Huber Heights, Oh.  (Wayne HS)  6-2, 235
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Penn State has offered Marcus, although it would seem like his two current favorites are Michigan and Ohio State.  According to a article done recently on Marcus, he was visited by Jay Paterno a couple weeks ago.  Jay and the staff are trying hard to get Marcus on campus, but now it seems like it will hard to wrestle him away from the Buckeyes.

Mark Hicks- Baltimore, Md.  (Edmondson-Westside HS)  6-1, 225
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Hicks claims an offer from Penn State, but many at the Nike Camp questioned if he did not confuse exactly what an offer from a school meant.  Measuring in at 5'10'' and running a 4.9 forty-yard dash, Mark did not stand out when working out with the rest of the linebackers.  Although he may be great with the pads on, in a clinic situation like Nike, he did not measure up with James Bryant and Co.

Tyrell Sales- Butler, Pa.  (Butler HS)  6-3, 225
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The top linebacker from the western half of the state, Sales appears like he will choose between Pittsburgh and Penn State sometime this summer.  A versatile athlete, Sales also stars as a basketball player.  Although Pitt was his favorite for a long time, his favorite player growing up was former Nittany Lion, Lavar Arrington.  It seems that the Nittany Lions and Coach Tom Bradley have really closed the gap tremendously since the beginning of the year.  Tyrell and A.Q. are pretty good friends, so while they do not make any promises that they will attend the same school, it could be a possibility if the chance arises.

Brian Toal- Ramsey, Nj.  (Don Bosco Prep)  6-2, 228
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Playing for one of the most ballyhooed team in New Jersey for the 2003 season, Toal shares the spotlight with fellow big timers Marquis Liverpool, Mike Teel, and Eric Cumba.  Brian plays for his father at Don Bosco and has a brother at Boston College, so the Golden Eagles are considered by most to be the favorite.  Along with the Eagles, Toal has offers from schools like Michigan, Miami, Virginia Tech (his father's alma mater), and Penn State, just to name a few.  Brian compares very similarly to Strath Haven's Dan Connor, both physically and athletically, each playing at a big time level from a young age.  Brian, like his brother Greg, may also get looks as a tailback or fullback.

Kyle Williams- Bolingbrook, Il.  (Bolingbrook HS)  6-2, 220
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Despite stating early in the recruiting process that Penn State was his childhood favorite, Penn State does not rank in Kyle's top list.  A very quick and athletic linebacker, Kyle has not ruled out the Nittany Lions but lists schools like Iowa, UCLA, and Miami ahead of Penn State.

Roger Allison- Lake Orion, Mi.  (Lake Orion HS)  6-2, 230
Eric Andino- Buffalo Grove, Il.  (Buffalo Grove HS)  6-4, 220
Sam Carson- Downers Grove, Il.  (Downers Grove South HS)  6-2, 225
Scott McKillop- Vandergrift, Pa.  (Kiski Area HS)  6-2, 215 -----> verbal - Pittsburgh
Chris Patterson- Chicago, Il.  (Hubbard HS)  6-3, 225
Brian Raike- Ewing, Nj.  (Ewing HS)  6-2, 235
Brian Tracz- Philadelphia, Pa.  (St. Joseph's Prep)  6-2, 235
Tom Walls- West Deptford, Nj.  (West Deptford HS)  6-2, 240

Defensive Back:  Scholarship Breakdown
With verbal commitment of Tony Davis, Penn State is on its way to successfully filling a position that they have struggled recruiting for since signing Adam Taliaferro and Gerald Smith nearly four years ago.  Because of depth and injury problems, Penn State should look to sign at least one more corner, though two could be a possibility if Anwar Phillips does not rejoin Penn State after off-season, off the field problems.  Penn State appears very deep at safety, though they have offered a couple of players who could project at that position once they enter their freshman season.

Tony Davis- Warren, Oh.  (Howland HS)  5-11, 180
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If Dontey Brown, a player many Penn State were at least familiar with in name, came from left field, the commitment of Tony Davis came from somewhere in the far reaches of the parking lot.  Duane Long of did not have Tony listed anywhere as far as top players in Ohio went.  But according to Howland HS coach, Dick Angle, Tony received attention from Michigan, Michigan State, and Pittsburgh, including offers on the way from the Wolverines and Spartans, while Pitt, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Iowa had already come forth with a 'ship.  An outstanding track performer, Tony's could not quit raving at what a great person he was in addition to being an outstanding athlete.

D.J. Davis- Fort Worth, Tx.  (Dunbar HS)  6-1, 180
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The last update LionNews did on D.J. could certainly not be classified as positive.  A fan of Penn State's style of play and overall academic situation, D.J. believed the Nittany Lions were neglecting him or had a lack of interest.  The speedy athlete left the door open for the Nittany Lions to climb out of the doghouse.  Have they?  We'll see in the coming weeks, but it may be hard to catch home state Texas A&M now.

Leo Ferrine- East Orange, Nj.  (Bishop Francis Essex Catholic HS)  6-0, 180
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Leo, a relative of Nittany Lion defensive backfield coach Brian Norwood, was yet another corner, who stood out at Nike. Despite injuring a quad, Leo jumped 33.3'' in the vertical jump.  He especially shined in the one-on-one drills, covering his opponent like glue.  Leo attends the same high school as defensive line prospect Nhemie Theodore, meaning that he too will have to find a new school to attend next season.  Currently, both Penn State and Rutgers have offered, but he expects more to roll in.

Brandon Underwood- Hamilton, Oh.  (Hamilton HS)  6-1, 170
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The brother of current Ohio State corner, E.J. Underwood, Brandon impressed enough to be named the Penn State Nike Camp's second best corner behind super Blue Chipper, Ted Ginn.  Penn State nearly stole E.J. away from Ohio State, so there is some family connection between the Nittany Lions and the Underwoods.  Ohio State has taken a boatload of corners the last two years and with Ginn leaning towards them, Underwood could very well fall into Penn State's hands.  Arizona State has also offered.

Darrelle Revis- Aliquippa, Pa.  (Aliquippa HS)  6-0, 180
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It was established long ago, during the Bernard Lay fiasco of a couple years ago that Aliquippa players are nudged away from Penn State by the Quips coach, Coach Zmijanac.  Although the Nittany Lions have already offered, Penn State should have another up-hill battle on their hands to sign Pennsylvania's top cover corner.  The nephew of former Pitt Panther and current Carolina Panther, Sean Gilbert, also excels at basketball.

Spencer Ridenhour- White Plains, Ny.  (White Plains HS)  5-11, 215
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The hit of the Nike Camp for the LionNews' crew that attended, Spencer looked like a 5 year NFL vet out there during the drills.  Chisled to the hilt, Spencer may also have been the most enjoyable individual to talk to during the 3 hour camp.  A sleeper until the camp started, Spencer already had offers from the Nittany Lions and Maryland Terps before the first whistle blew.  A safety by trade, he could grow into a Deryck Toles type linebacker a couple years down the road.  According to the coaches who watched him all day, he displayed coverage skills that a corner back would be jealous to have.

Kevin Akins- Lansdale, Pa.  (North Penn HS)  6-2, 180
Donta Herrod- Washington, Dc.  (Woodson HS)  6-2, 180
Mortty Ivy- Monroeville, Pa.  (Gateway HS)  6-2, 200
Marquis Liverpool- Ramsey, Nj.  (Don Bosco Prep)  5-8, 180
Brandon Wamsley- Cincinnati, Oh.  (Anderson HS)  6-2, 185
Nate Waldron- Rochester, Pa.  (Rochester HS)  6-0, 200

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