The Lion's Lounge - June 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 second edition of the Lion's Lounge, the most complete and fun source for Penn State targets on the internet.

At the end of each month, LionNews puts together an up to the minute offers/interests page, tabbed the Lion's Lounge--a place where Penn State fans can come and find out what has transpired with Nittany Lion recruits over the last month.

LionNews' Prospect Key:

* * * * * - Penn State verbal commitment!
* * * *      - Penn State leads or co-leads.
* * *         - Penn Stateis very much in the picture.
* *                - Penn State is in the picture.
*                   - Penn Statedoes not appear in the picture.
*                    - Penn Statehas not currently offered the prospect.
LionNews has an insufficient amount of information to gauge where Penn State stands with this 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 if a certain someone goes elsewhere.

Chad Henne- West Lawn, Pa.  (Wilson HS)  6-3, 210
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In reality Chad should have four paws, but since he still lists Miami, Fl., Georgia, and Tennessee with rumored front runners Penn State and Michigan, he remains at three paws.  Logic suggests Penn State should get Chad's signature; he's Pennsylvania born and bred, his sister goes to Penn State, his coach is a Penn State fan, his ex-teammate and favorite (Ian Firestone) will be walking-on this fall, the depth chart plays out where he will be the starter his redshirt sophomore year, Penn State runs his kind of offense, and he has developed a relationship with current Nittany Lion verbals.  Although logic suggests he will be a Nittany Lion, there is one rule you must abide by when following recruiting--logic gets thrown out the window when dealing with the hearts and minds of 18 year olds (not that it's a bad thing either).  This one should be over in early August, with the winner getting LionNews top player in the state of Pennsylvania.

Anthony Turner - Dayton, Oh.  (Chaminade-Julienne HS)  6-3, 205
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A terrific run/pass combo quarterback, Anthony must unfortunately wait to see what Chad Henne does before Penn State can offer him a scholarship.  Rumor has it that Turner is very high on the Lions and the they have told him that he is #2 on their list. He has received offers from Nebraska, Iowa, and Michigan State.

(Note - If Chad Henne does verbal to Penn State, I would suggest to the staff that they ask Anthony Turner if he would be interested in grey-shirting, there-by guaranteeing both depth down the road and give us two pretty fine Qbs.)

others:
William Richardson- Sumter, Sc.  (Sumter HS)  6-5, 210
Bryan Savage- Haverford, Pa.  (The Haverford School)  6-4, 210         verbal - Wisconsin
Nick Skeparnias- York, Pa.  (Suburban HS)  6-2, 195
Mike Teel- Ramsey, Nj.  (Don Bosco Prep)  6-3, 205

Running Back:  Scholarship Breakdown
Penn State looks to be finished with its recruiting for the backfield, unless an Austin Scott-like player would seemingly emerge from nowhere.

Matt Hahn- Melville, Ny.  (St. Anthony's HS)  6-1, 215
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When Matt first verballed to Penn State, his dimensions seemed to suggest that fullback was a cheeseburger or two away from being a reality.  But his film clearly illustrates that he has the potential to be a very good ball carrier at Penn State.  With thighs the size of sequoias, Matt proved to be a difficult man to bring down one on one or two on one.  What stands out the most however, is his ability to see a hole, cut, and then run away from the defender.  Although he won't need to with the current tailback depth, Matt's strong enough and fast enough to contribute in some capacity as a freshman.

Dan Lawlor- Mechanicsburg, Pa.  (Cumberland Valley HS)  6-3, 235
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Many who saw Dan as a sophomore were very high on his potential, but various ailments and injuries hamstrung for a large portion of his junior year.  When healthy, Dan is easily the best fullback prospect that Pennsylvania has seen since Dustin Picciotti.  Cumberland Valley Head Coach Tim Rimpfel readily compares Dan to former CVHS and Stanford star Jon Ritchie. Dan brings it all to the table as a fullback--running, blocking, and catching the ball.

Thomas Brown- Tucker, Ga.  (Tucker HS)  5-10, 185
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At this point, Thomas seems to be fading quickly from the Nittany Lions.  He's stated he would prefer tailback in college, but many (including the Nittany Lions it would seem) have him targeted at corner.  Georgia and Florida State seem to be the front runners.

Brandon Ore- Chesapeake, Va.  (Indian River HS)  6-1, 200
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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Brandon impressed at the Nike Camp as both a wide receiver and defensive back.  He actually may have a better build for corner.  His interest seems to be waning in Penn State though, despite having former teammate Steve Roach already there.  He claimed Ohio State as his childhood favorite and the Buckeyes have offered, but he remains interested in Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Marshall, and Virginia.

Anthony Vernaglia- Orange, Ca.  (Lutheran HS)  6-3, 215
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A quick rising talent in the eyes of many western recruiting observers, Anthony comes from strong Nittany Lion lineage.  The son of former Penn Stater, Kip Vernaglia, Anthony has been downgraded from four paws to three paws.  At one point it looked like he would be leaving the sun and fun of SoCal and head east, naming both Virginia and Penn State co-leaders.  Now the Bruins, Trojans, and Figthing Irish have entered the scene.  It would appear that dad hopes Anthony chooses to follow in his footsteps, but mom wants him to stay relatively close to home.  The perceived difference of opinion may lead to Anthony altering his earlier statement of a summer verbal commitment.  The kid is a terrific athlete, capable of playing wide receiver, tight end, safety, or linebacker in college.

Doug Dutch- Washington, Dc.  (Gonzaga HS)  6-0, 200
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A very talented receiver from DC, Dutch has offers from just about everyone on the east coast and midwest.  With 19 offers on the table, Doug has stated that Michigan, Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, and North Carolina comprise his top five schools, with Miami, Maryland, Penn State, and others looking in.  An outstanding student, Insiders.com Atlantic Region analyst, Miller Safrit, named Doug as the #2 prospect in the Maryland/DC region.

others:
J.J. Beddle- Keyport, Nj.  (Keyport HS)  5-10, 180
Michael Bell- Shaker Heights, Oh.  (Shaker Heights HS)  6-1, 180
Fred Davis- Toledo, Oh.  (Rogers HS)  6-4, 210
* Dwayne Jarrett- New Brunswick, Nj.  (New Brunswick HS)  6-6, 205
* Chris Ogbonnaya- Houston, Tx.  (Strake Jesuit HS)  6-1, 200                verbal - Texas
Trumaine Smith- Warrensville Heights, Oh.  (Warrensville Heights HS)  6-3, 190

Tight End:  Scholarship Breakdown
With three former walk-on seniors manning the position, the Nittany Lions have made it a priority to address this position.  The addition of Jed Hill helps tremendously, especially because of his athleticism.  The Nittany Lions would love to grab one more marquee guy and his name is Rory Nicol.

Jed Hill - Struthers, Oh.  (Struthers HS)  6-4, 247
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A freakish athlete, Jed Hill went from being Ohio's Mr. Obscurity to Pennsylvania's Mr. Popularity in a matter of hours.  Like Dan Lawlor, Jed missed the majority of his junior year with hand and ankle fractures, limiting his on-field exposure.  But the Nittany Lion staff, led by JayPa, recognized the kid and they believe his potential is unlimited.  Any kid who can bench 225 pounds, 25 plus times and then run a 4.7 forty and a 4.1 shuttle, can't be all bad.  Another interesting aspect of Jed's athleticism comes from his boxing background.  It would be interesting to see Jed in the ring with JoePa, who's wearing a ratty blue skull cap and yelling, "I'm going to make you eat lightning and crap thunder kid."

Rory Nicol- Beaver, Pa.  (Beaver HS)  6-5, 245
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Rory has risen steadily throughout the spring on both LionNews' list of Pennsylvania prospects and National lists.  A huge target, he may be the most complete tight end to come out of Pennsylvania since Kyle Brady.  Rory hoped to visit Penn State with his friends A.Q. Shipley, Tyrell Sales, and Dontey Brown, but a team camp kept him home.  In all likelihood, Rory will make a summer decision and the Nittany Lions certainly look like the beneficiary of this outstanding prospect.  He would give Penn State a second tight end verbal, especially important because he is number one on their board.

Ryan Purvis- Lancaster, Pa.  (Lancaster Catholic HS)  6-5, 235
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Despite the fact that he has Penn State roots, it does not appear that the Nittany Lions are going after Ryan with a substantial degree of intensity.  He does have offers from Pittsburgh and UCLA.

others:
* Chad Hoobler- Carrollton, Oh.  (Carrollton HS)  6-4, 220                     verbal - Ohio State

Offensive Line:  Scholarship Breakdown
Penn State will be looking to sign at least four offensive lineman with this class.  They have already gotten off to a tremendous start with Harrison and Bowman, a guard and tackle respectively.

Greg Harrison- Shenandoah, Pa.  (Shenandoah Valley HS)  6-5, 295
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All right, all right, so Greg says he wants to take a couple visits.  Will he?  Maybe, but those visits won't happen for a couple months, so getting all worked up and nervous now doesn't do anyone any good.  Greg is a definite Top 100 player in the country and neck and neck with Kyle Mitchum for top lineman in Pennsylvania.  The Nittany Lions second verbal, Greg projects as a guard on the next level.  He has become synonymous with Penn State, calling recruits to befriend them in order to vault this recruiting class to the top of college football.  If Greg is not a Nittany Lion come February, the earth will definitely stop spinning around the sun.

Wyatt Bowman- Mechanicsburg, Pa.  (Cumberland Valley HS)  6-6, 330
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Greg Harrison's partner in crime and recruiting, Wyatt committed to Penn State on the day of the Blue-White Game.  A native of the Lock Haven area, Wyatt began his high school career at Central Mountain HS but transferred to Cumberland Valley HS. A mammoth tackle prospect, Wyatt was lauded by the instructors at the Penn State Nike Camp as being the top lineman in attendance.  He plays with a nasty streak that makes his quick feet even more devastating.  He's a kid who's a fan favorite already.

Ell Ash- Willingboro, Nj.  (Willingboro HS)  6-6, 275
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A very athletic tackle, Ell hails from the same high school as former Nittany Lion and current New York Jet lineman, Kareem McKenzie.  Ell has a Penn State offer, but also maintains an interest in a number of other schools.  He has taken an unofficial visit to Penn State, but his decision time table is unknown.  LionNews hopes to be able to catch up with Ell in the near future.

Nyere Aumaitre- Camden, Nj.  (Woodrow Wilson HS)  6-5, 310
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Ohio's top lineman this season, Brandon has a Penn State offer but has not consistently mentioned the Nittany Lions.  Ohio State and Georgia seem like the two main players in the Braxton lottery, but he probably will take each of his five visits before giving anyone a verbal.

Gerald Cadogan- Portsmouth, Oh.  (Portsmouth HS)  6-7, 290
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A raw talent with tremendous upside, Gerald could be a very good left tackle after some weight training.  He recently received offers from Michigan and Northwestern.  Duane Long of Bucknuts believes Ohio State may also be in a position to offer.  Will Penn State pony up?  Maybe, but with an unproven offensive line, Penn State may want a player who can come in and contribute today.

Alex Fletcher- Melville, Ny.  (St. Anthony's HS)  6-4, 275                         verbal - Stanford
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Unfortunately for Penn State, Alex seems intent on heading to Stanford.  A true center, he may be the nation's best at that position.  He will probably be playing with former Penn State commit Jason Evans for the National Championship in the near future.  Oh wait!  Neither Alex or Jason play baseball......

Kyle Mitchum- Erie, Pa.  (McDowell HS)  6-5, 265
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Pennsylvania's top lineman, Kyle recently embarked on a college tour that took him from Michigan to North Carolina, with many stops in between.  Kyle does not have a huge college body right now, instead causing Penn State fans to reminisce about offensive lineman of the past.  He has the quickness and strength to be an All-American tackle or guard.  Right now, Kyle does not have a favorite that he will talk about openly, stating every one is on an even keel.  It would be surprising if Penn State isn't in it until the end because of assistant coach Tom Bradley.

Steve Rehring- West Chester, Oh.  (Lakota West HS)  6-8, 320
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A mountain of a man, Steve could be considered the tallest structure in State College now that the Penn State SID has downgraded John Wilson from 6'8'' to 6'6''.  Penn State has offered Steve and it appears that he would like to get a closer look at the Nittany Lions.  He also has offers from Michigan, Maryland, Illinios, North Carolina State, etc.  Duane Long of Bucknuts feels he the Buckeye's lead, but they have not offered him at this point.

Trent Varva- Lake Orion, Mi.  (Lake Orion HS)  6-3, 300
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Trent attends the same high school as Michigan commits Will Johnson and Roger Allison, whom both had a Penn State interest. A tough guard, Varva has not been offered by Michigan yet.  It is currently unknown how his teammates decisions will affect who Trent ends up signing with.

others:
Craig Bokor- Aliquippa, Pa.  (Hopewell HS)  6-4, 275                               verbal - Pittsburgh
Ryan Ehrie- Bethleham, Pa.  (Freedom HS)  6-7, 285                                 verbal - Syracuse
Carlos Feliciano - Elizabeth, Nj.  (Elizabeth HS)  6-5, 280
* Leon Hart- Columbia, Sc.  (Spring Valley HS)  6-5, 285
Ben Iannachione- Pittsburgh, Pa.  (Baldwin HS)  6-4, 285
Jim Jadron- Joliet, Il.  (Joliet Catholic Academy)  6-5, 280
Rich Ohrnberger- East Meadow, Ny.  (East Meadow HS)  6-3, 275
Jon Skinner- Mount Carmel, Pa.  (Mount Carmel HS)  6-6, 270
Nick Smith- Canton, Oh.  (Glen Oak HS)  6-6, 285
Jaimie Thomas- Harrisburg, Pa.  (Bishop McDevitt HS)
Phil Trautwein- Voorhees, Nj.  (Eastern HS)  6-6, 285
Dave Weber- King of Prussia, Pa.  (Upper Merion HS)  6-4, 320

Defensive Line:  Scholarship Breakdown
In two years, under the tutelage of Larry Johnson, Sr., Penn State could have the top defensive line in America.  With young players at each position, the Nittany Lions needed to add depth, specifically at tackle.  The additions of A.Q. Shipley and Mike Lucian have addressed those needs quite well.  It would be surprising if another defensive lineman was taken.

Mike Lucian- Frederick, Md.  (Lingalore HS)  6-3, 247
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Although you'll see him listed as a tight end in various places, Mike will most likely end up playing on the line someplace during his Penn State tenure.  Only 16 year olds, many who have seen him project him to grow somewhere in the vicinity of his 6-7 father (a risky proposition considering my dad's 6'3'' and I''m just 6').  Unlike some other kids, it is true that Lucian has not completely filled his frame out.  Mike impressed at the Penn State Nike Camp with his quickness and strength.  Although only Georgia Tech offered, other schools would have certainly given him a long look as the summer camp circuit continues.

A.Q. Shipley- Corapolis, Pa.  (Moon HS)  6-3, 278
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"He's going to be tearing through kids if he works hard.  He was lighting kids up up there, left and right." - Greg Harrison on A.Q.'s Michigan State camp performance

A Penn State fan favorite before he even steps onto the football field, A.Q. brings huge shoulders, tremendous quickness, and a motor that does not stop running.  A.Q. excels at the nose guard position, but he could also get a look at center if things do not develop for him on defense.  A big Penn State fan since childhood, A.Q. flirted seriously with Michigan besides casting his lot with the Nittany Lions.  Friends with both Greg Harrison and Wyatt Bowman, A.Q. should help the Nittany Lions bring in some of the other studs living in the western half of Pennsylvania.

Olu Hall- Fairfax, Va.  (Robinson Secondary HS)  6-4, 240, 4.8
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A rangy defensive end, Olu comes from the same school that produced former Penn State targets Chase Anastascio and Jon Kinzer.  His coach has stated that Olu has offers from some of the top schools on the east coast, but Virginia Tech and Virginia appear to be the only two schools with a legit shot.

others:
* Shukree Barfield- Camden, Nj.  (Camden HS)  6-4, 285                             verbal - Clemson
George Covington- Greenbelt, Md.  (Roosevelt HS)  6-3, 230
Brigham Harwell- Hacienda Heights, Ca.  (Los Altos HS)  6-3, 250
* Will Johnson- Lake Orion, Mi.  (Lake Orion HS)  6-5, 278                         verbal - Michigan
Lawrence Miles- La Quinta, Ca.  (La Quinta HS)  6-3, 260
* Chris Rogers- Wexford, Pa.  (North Alleghany HS)  6-3, 240                      verbal - Michigan
Nhemie Theodore- Irvington, Nj.  (St. Peter's HS)  6-4, 285

Linebacker:  Scholarship Breakdown
Penn State needs at least two outside linebacker and one middle linebacker in this group.  Getting Dontey to fill the middle is an excellent start.

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

The state's top middle linebacker, Dontey fell in love with State College during his visit to the Blue-White Game.  A fan of Ray Lewis' style of play, Dontey could be the big, physical middle linebacker Penn State has lacked since Brandon Short, another McKeesport star, headed off to the NFL.  Dontey, like Bowman and Harrison, has been busy working the phones trying to entice other prospects to be part of this Nittany Lion class.

Dan Connor- Wallingford, Pa.  (Strath Haven HS)  6-3, 215
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Clearly the top linebacker in Pennsylvania and one of the nation's finest, Dan blends tremendous athleticism, supreme instincts, and a Butkus-like, throw back attitude to dominate the defensive side of the football field.  Barring injury, Dan could become a three time All-State player.  He has lead Strath Haven to the state championship game in Hershey each of the last three seasons as well, losing last year to a Paul Posluszny lead Hopewell squad.  Although Dan lines up in the middle for Strath Haven, Penn State likes him as their future strong side linebacker.  He currently lists Notre Dame and Michigan, in addition to the Nittany Lions, as his "Big Three."  He expects to make a summer decision, which could propel the Nittany Lions to one of its greatest Augusts ever.

Marcus Freeman- Huber Heights, Oh.  (Wayne HS)  6-2, 235
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Marcus periodically mentions Penn State, but not lately.  This one comes down to an Ohio State/Michigan battle.  Look for the Buckeyes to prevail over the Skunkbears.

Tyrell Sales- Butler, Pa.  (Butler HS)  6-3, 225
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Tyrell Sales would fit in perfectly as a Nittany Lion.  He's big, strong, and fast.  He's also one of the most articulate athletes LionNews has talked to all year (which is saying something because this is an excellent, bright group of young men).  Some who have seen him suggest Tyrell may be better as an defensive end, but Penn State loves the size and speed he brings as an outside linebacker.  Couple him with both Dontey Brown and Dan Connor, and this group could be better than Lavar, Brandon Short, and Mac Morrison.  Although he grew up a Pitt fan (he was young and impressionable), Penn State, under the watchful eye of Tom Bradley, has made real inroads with Tyrell.  It also cannot hurt that two friends of his, A.Q. and Dontey, have both said yes to Penn State.  He's yet another kid with the potential to get his decision done before September.

Purnell Sturdivant- Norfolk, Va.  (Lake Taylor HS)  5-11, 215
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Purnell is a kid that LionNews has not yet had the pleasure to talk with.  He comes from Terrell Golden's high school, so the Penn State coaches are obviously familiar with what he can do.  A recent article by the CUTigers.com suggests that Purnell left the first session of summer camp with a Nittany Lion offer in hand, joining Virginia Tech and Syracuse as schools which offered.

Brian Toal- Ramsey, Nj.  (Don Bosco Prep)  6-2, 228
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Considered by most as the top prospect in New Jersey, Brian has consistently listed the Nittany Lions in recent interviews.  He plays both running back and outside linebacker for Don Bosco Prep, one of the top football programs in the nation.  But his future definitely lies on defense.  Right now it would appear that Boston College may have the slightest of edges for his services because his brother Greg will be a redshirt senior this fall.  But Miami, Fl., Virginia Tech (where his dad played), Iowa, Wisconsin, and Notre Dame seem to also have a shot.  Right now, both Penn State and Michigan appear to be on the outside looking in.  Brian expects to take all five official visits, so his recruitment will certainly be one to keep an eye on over the long haul.

Kyle Williams- Bolingbrook, Il.  (Bolingbrook HS)  6-2, 220
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A tremendous athletic linebacker with Lavar type speed (but not size), Kyle wears #11 at Bolingbrook HS.  Kyle will be in State College this weekend to visit the school for the first time.  He became a fan favorite back in the early, early spring when he named Larry Johnson his favorite player and Penn State his childhood favorite.  At this point however, Penn State has not cracked his top 5.  Hopefully a tour of the facilities, campus, a sit down with JoePa, and a chat with Coach Vanderlinden could go a long way to dethroning Iowa as his current favorite.  Tony Johnson is a senior this year, so his favorite number just might be available in 2004.

others:
Roger Allison- Lake Orion, Mi.  (Lake Orion HS)  6-2, 230                       verbal - Michigan
Eric Andino- Buffalo Grove, Il.  (Buffalo Grove HS)  6-4, 220
Sam Carson- Downers Grove, Il.  (Downers Grove South HS)  6-2, 225
Mark Hicks- Baltimore, Md.  (Edmondson-Westside HS)  6-1, 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
* Vernon Wilder- Miami, Fl.  (Carol City HS)  6-0, 235

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 got a stud in Spencer Ridenhour.

Tony Davis- Warren, Oh.  (Howland HS)  5-11, 180
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Although Tony was overlooked by many publications which cover Ohio high school football, college coaches were all over him. According to his coach, most of the Big Ten, the Big East, and MAC schools had or were ready to offer Tony a scholarship.  A very muscular player, Tony should come to State College looking to compete for playing time as a freshman.  His 41 inch vertical and consistent 4.4 forty-yard speed can't hurt either.  Hey if the Michigan coaches helped him with his technique, great, but Tony seems sold on Penn State.  

Spencer Ridenhour- White Plains, Ny.  (White Plains HS)  5-11, 215
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Spencer looked like a man amongst boys at the Nike Camp.  With the exception of James Bryant, Spencer was the most muscular player on the field, plus his body was far more defined than Bryants.  Sometimes with very muscular athletes, movements become stiff, but Spencer impressed all day with his smoothness in the agility drills.  Spencer could flourish as either a strong safety at Penn State, or grow into a Deryck Toles type linebacker.  Safety seems more likely, especially because he may not have much more room to pack on weight.

D.J. Davis- Fort Worth, Tx.  (Dunbar HS)  6-1, 180
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D.J. recruitment has been quite the yo-yo for Penn State fans.  First he's high on the Nittany Lions, calling them his childhood favorite.  However, the staff fails to make adequate contact, sending them into the doghouse.  Now like Lazurus rising from the dead, Penn State has regained its good graces with D.J.  Joe Paterno and co. have offered the Texas standout.  But will it be enough to entice him to visit?  We will find out soon enough.  Texas A&M seems to be the biggest competition for Davis' services.

Leo Ferrine- East Orange, Nj.  (St. Peter's HS)  6-0, 180
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A relative of defensive backs coach Brian Norwood, Leo will transfer from Bishop Francis Essex Catholic to St. Peter's in Jersey City, due to the former's closing.  Leo appeared quick and had good size at the Penn State Nike Camp, but he didn't test overly well because of a thigh injury.  Right now he sports offers from both Rutgers and Penn State, with more likely to come.

Brandon Underwood- Hamilton, Oh.  (Hamilton HS)  6-1, 170
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Once thought to be a sure thing for the Nittany Lions, Brandon's now wide open.  With offers from most of the Big Ten (with the exception of Ohio State) and potentially Notre Dame (contingent on raising his ACT), Brandon can choose from any school he wants.  According to his father, Brandon is wide open at this point.

Darrelle Revis- Aliquippa, Pa.  (Aliquippa HS)  6-0, 180
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Darrelle has been quite difficult to get in touch with, but sources (like Beaver TE Rory Nicol) have said that Penn State has been in touch.  The Aliquippa coach is not the most gracious man when it comes to the spread of information (see Steve Curry's June 7th "root canal" with Coach Mike Zmijanac).  The one bit of known information seems to favor Pitt, as Darrelle's uncle, current NFLer Sean Gilbert, played for the Panthers.

others:
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
Christian Varner- Randallstown, Md.  (Randallstown HS)  5-11, 180
Brandon Wamsley- Cincinnati, Oh.  (Anderson HS)  6-2, 185
Nate Waldron- Rochester, Pa.  (Rochester HS)  6-0, 200
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