Greg Pickel's PSU Pick Six

Keeping up with the latest trending topics on the Penn State football recruiting front. If you've been out of the loop, catch up here.

Welcome to our new feature, “Pick Six,” where we zero in on six trending topics regarding Penn State football recruiting.

1. The Nittany Lions made a splash in Virginia Friday morning when they offered 2013 secondary prospect Evrett Edwards of Woodbridge. However, Edwards is not the only Woodbridge prospect on the staff's radar. Defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand, a 2014 prospect, already has an offer from Penn State, and we learned from Woodbridge head coach Kevin Smith that Larry Johnson is also keeping a watchful eye on Mike Majette and Mark Jones, both 2015 prospects.

2. Penn State has been keeping the press on Central Dauphin (Harrisburg, Pa.) linebacker Zayd Issah, as Johnson and Ron Vanderlinden visited the school a few weeks back. Issah has no plans on camping at schools this year, but will attend the Nike NFTC camp in Oregon in June.

3. Upper Marlboro, Md., wide receiver Paul Harris received a visit from Penn State, though Harris said the visit was run of the mill and “basic.” That being said, he plans on making a return trip to Happy Valley at some point this summer.

4. Penn State has not forgotten about Edison-Friendship Charter (Washington, D.C.) offensive lineman Derwin Gray. Johnson stopped by his school last week. The four-star lineman told Scout's Kristen Kenney that Auburn, Florida State, Florida and Maryland are his favorites, but added Friday that “Penn State is absolutely still in the running,” and “I haven't narrowed my list yet or decided where I want to take my officials.”

5. Quick Hitters: Scout's Brian Dohn noted that Gerald Towns, a running back from West Deptford (N.J.) High, is receiving interest from Penn State. If the 2014 prospect's school looks familiar, that's because it's the same school as 2012 Penn State signee Jamil Pollard. … Penn State was also in recently to see Clairton (Pa.) High wide-receiver prospect Tyler Boyd. Boyd has been on campus previously and enjoyed his visit (per his conversation with Bob Lichtenfels back in April). Stan Hixon watched Boyd and his Clariton team play Gateway in a 7v7 match-up when he stopped by. … Another name to keep an eye on is Tottenville High (Staten Island, N.Y.) wide receiver prospect Malique Belfort. The junior was very impressive at the NFTC Camp in Baltimore, and is being recruited by Hixon, as well. … PSU also seems high on Archbishop Wood 2013 prospect Nick Arcidiacono, who John Butler stopped to visit in early May. Arcidiacono said he's been communicating with Butler off and on, and that Butler told him Penn State is looking at him as a linebacker or H-back. Arcidiacono described their chats as good, and said Butler told him he liked how hard he worked and communicated how much Penn State liked him. Nick is the kid brother of PSU offensive lineman Mark Arcidiacono and Rutgers Class of 2012 OL signee Brandon Arcidiacono.

6. Not much happened over the Memorial Day weekend, but Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien did take to social media to announce that the Nittany Lions' game with Navy would be a Military Appreciation Day. On the recruiting front, things were slow (as expected) as Penn State had already wrapped up its spring evaluation period. On one pre-Memorial Day basketball note: Chandler, Ariz., 2013 prospect Jaron hopkins told Scout he plans on visiting Penn State, which has offered him, before making his decision prior to next year's high school hoop season.


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