PSU Set For Advanced Skills Camp

Get the lowdown on some of the prospects who will be on hand at University Park Saturday as Bill O'Brien and company kick off a month of camps.

With the annual spring evaluation period complete, the recruiting focus shifts to the camp season. Major college programs across the nation hold on-campus camps throughout June.

Penn State will host a pair of its most prominent camps -- the one-day advanced skill sessions -- June 2 (Saturday) and June 16. It is a chance for high school players to learn from new Penn State coach Bill O'Brien and his staff.

According to PSU, “the camp is designed for experienced high school players who want to elevate their skills in preparation for their upcoming season and playing football beyond high school. The camp's primary focus is on position-specific skill and technique development.”

What's more, it is also an opportunity for the young prospects to impress the Nittany Lion coaches. The current PSU roster features many players who received scholarship offers not long after camping in Happy Valley.

Below you will find a breakdown of some of the more prominent prospects we've learned will be at Saturday's advanced skills camp. They are listed in no particular order.

Keep in mind that with so many schools holding camps in June, last-minute changes often occur.

Delando Johnson, S, Calvert Hall College (Baltimore)

Many are surprised that the three-star defensive back has yet to receive a Penn State offer. But he could land one with a strong camp performance. If he does, don't expect a quick commitment. Johnson is on record as saying he plans on waiting until Signing Day to make a decision. He has also indicated that he might prefer to play his college ball on the West Coast.

Shaquille James, DB, West Catholic (Philadelphia)

The wide-receiver turned defensive back has heard mainly from PSU assistant Ron Vanderlinden. James is on record with FOS as saying if Penn State offers him, he'll commit on the spot. That being said, the Nittany Lions already have a lot of DB offers out there, so we'd imagine James will really have to turn some heads at camp to score one of his own.

Solomon Warfield, S, St. Edwards High (Lakewood, Ohio)

Although he already has a Penn State offer, Warfield still planned to attend Saturday's camp the last we heard. Solomon told Scout's John Garcia that he wants to get out and see Penn State's campus. Don't put him on the commit watch, though. He has said he's in no rush to decide.

Tinashe Bere (2014), LB, Sycamore High, (Cincinnati)

The sophomore prospect is rising quickly, and is a confirmed visitor for Saturday's camp. John Butler visited Bere's school during the evaluation period, and Bere called Penn State a program he absolutely wants to visit. Bere is a kid who can only help himself at camp because his tape is impressive.

Drew Barker (2014), QB, Connor High (Hebron, Ky.)

The 2014 QB was a prime target for schools during the evaluation period. Barker received an evaluation from Penn State QBs coach Charlie Fisher. Barker has a chance to really help himself at the camp, but we're not sure if the Lions would extend a verbal offer to a sophomore passer based on a camp performance. This situation bears watching in that regard.

Zach Duffy, OL, Muhlenberg (Pa.) High

The 2013 Keystone State offensive lineman has plenty of stops planned this summer, including one at Penn State. Duffy is probably more likely to raise his stock than receive an offer based on his camp showing, as the staff waits to see what happens with Derwin Gray and Dorian Johnson.

Other prospects we've learned will be camping at PSU Saturday include:

John Van Allen (Conn.), RB/DB, (2014)

J.T. Blyden (Va.), RB, (2014)

Nicholas Bonaparte (Md.), OL

Alec Eberle (Md.), S, (2014)

Kennedy Frazier (Md.), S

Will Fuller (Pa.), WR

Marques Little (N.J.), CB, (2014)

Sam Mustipher (Md.), OL, (2014)

Zach Smierciak (Ohio), LB

Brandon Smith (Pa.), LB

Andrew Terlingo (Pa.), OL

Chasz Wright (Va.), OL

Anthony Zema (Va.), OL/DL, (2014)


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