WEEKEND UPDATE: Visit Verdicts

The Penn State football program hosted a variety of prospects on Friday and Saturday; get an update here on how some of the visits went.

Penn State hosted prospects on Friday an Saturday, allowing the players to see the PSU coaching staff in action. Here are updates on several prospects who took in Happy Valley:

The Nittany Lions landed a commitment from Pennsylvania offensive lineman Andrew Nelson who pounced on the weekend offer from Penn State, saying, "I visited Penn State on Saturday and watched the scrimmage and they offered me.

"I called (assistant) coach (Larry) Johnson, the defensive line coach, who was my recruiting coach and I had a good relation with since I went to football camp there last year. I called him first and told him, and he was really excited and he told me to call coach O'Brien, and I did, and he had great things to say." You can see Nelson's full pledge report here.

Massachusetts defensive tackle Maurice Hurst Jr. visited on Friday, saying, "It went great. Coach O'Brien and Coach Johnson are great. I like them both a lot, even though Coach O'Brien went to my rival high school but he just told me that they know I can play for them but it's just the numbers game and they want to offer offensive players.

"They are going to keep pursuing me even though they are full just because they think I am a Penn State guy it just happens that their scholarships were limited to that position this year." You can see Hursts full visit report here.

Pennsylvania linebacker Alex Anzalone made his third trip to PSU in as many months on Saturday. The focus of this visit was to take in the team practicing and get a feel for the coaching style of the PSU staff. The energy and speed of practice seemed to be something he responded to.

Anzalone also got to spend time with the linebackers and particularly Mike Mauti. "It went really well. I got to go to lunch with Mauti, Carson, and Kline. I think it made me realize I'd fit in really well with the players which is really important to me."

New Jersey cornerback Nadir Barnwell has a lucrative visit which resulted in an offer fro PSU. As he explained, "It was great, I enjoyed the visit. They offered and said that they like me a lot. They have watched my film and they thought I was a shutdown corner and I could be a field player. I would help their secondary out a lot and I would be the type of player to help win championships."

Barnwell talked about the nittany Lions, saying, "I like Penn State a lot. When I got there I watched them warm up and stretch and they showed me the weight room then I watched their whole practice. After that they showed me the academics center and then I ate with a bunch of coaches. After that I talked a little football with the DC (Ted Roof) for a minute and then I met with Coach O'Brien."

Pennsylvania offensive lineman Dorian Johnson took the visit opportunity to get to know the PSU coaches and spent time with O'Brien and McWhorter in particular. He also had the opportunity to see the coaches in action in practice.

The feeling heading into the visit was that Johnson had Pitt as his leading school. Penn State seemingly helped itself with the visit, and has given him "a lot to think about" according to one team source. Johnson apparently indicated that he now has Pitt and Penn State on the top of his list.

With Blue White Weekend closing out the spring practice period, PSU is expected to host a mix of commitments like Adam Breneman, Ross Douglas, Garrett Sickles and Christian Hackenberg as well as prospects like Derwin Gray, Ishmael Hyman and Jay Woods.


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