The Secondary Big Board

If you've been following Penn State recruiting throughout the spring and summer, you know there have been plenty of offers sent out to secondary prospects throughout the country, and, after looking at the newest Penn State depth chart, it's easy to see why.

As the summer camp circuit starts up, Fight On State takes a look at prospects the Nittany Lions are looking to pick off come National Letter of Intent Day.


By unofficial count, the Nittany Lions have well over 15 offers currently out to cornerback prospects, and seem to be well positioned with a few of them.

CB Vernon Hargreaves III, FL (5-star): Arguably the most coveted cornerback member of the 2013 class, Hargreaves said he will likely wait till signing day to make his decision after taking all five official visits. He tweeted back in May his excitement upon learning Penn State was coming to visit, but it's not clear yet whether he will make an official stop at University Park in the fall.

Fight On State Odds: When talking about a kid with every offer under the sun, it's tough to set with any certainty the chances of him signing with the Blue and White, and that will likely be the case until we see his official visits list.

Nadir Barnwell, NJ (4-star): The New Jersey prospect recently told Scout's Brian Dohn that his recruitment process is still very wide open, but there wouldn't be many surprised if it came down to a battle between Penn State and Rutgers for the four-star prospect. Florida has been getting more involved recently, but the Nittany Lions have a visit in pocket from Barnwell, and could see another one come the fall.

Fight On State Odds: If any corner back prospect in the 2013 class would be a good bet to suit up in Blue and White next fall, it would probably be Barnwell. After he visited back in April, he seemed impressed with Penn State's facilities and coach Bill O'Brien, and that's impression of the facilities could improve if and when he sees the new weightroom, which was still in it's former condition when he visited.

Kirk Garner, MD (3-star): A Our Lady Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) prospect, Garner recently narrowed his list of offers to six, and Penn State made the cut. He told Scout's Kristen Kenny that he's been in contact with Michigan State and Tennesee primarily, as well as Virginia, but didn't list Penn State, and has trips scheduled to the same three schools, but did not mention a trip north to Happy Valley.

Fight On State Odds: If the Nittany Lions have anything going for them, it's the fact that Garner wants early playing time, and noted to Kenney that he has eliminated schools based on how many defensive backs they have coming in. With just two in Penn State's 2013 class so far, Garner would certainly at this point headline the class in the secondary, and has said to like the competition of Big Ten football. He will decide if he's going to visit Penn State this summer at the end of June, and the Nittany Lions certainly appear to be low in his top six.

Jonathan Cook, AL (3-star):

Cook received a Penn State offer when the Nittany Lion coaching staff swung through the South, though he has been spending his summer thus far camping at Southern schools. He was hoping to earn an Alabama offer when he camped there the first weekend in June, but thus far Scout has not heard of him receiving a Crimson Tide offer, nor one from Auburn, a school he seems to be very high on.

Fight On State Odds: For the time being, Cook seems to be sky high on Penn State, and he said last week that "Penn State is my top school right now because they are a top program." He said he plans on taking a visit to University Park at some point- he's unsure as to when- but also said reports that Auburn would immediately jump to the top of his list if they were to offer are untrue. Cook is high on Penn State, but a pair of SEC offers may sway him, and getting him on a visit will be key.


Concerns that Penn State has not received verbal word from a safety yet have popped up here and there, but in reality, it's not that uncommon. The Nittany Lions have not received a verbal offer from a safety in the spring since Malcolm Willis and Stephen Obeng-Agyapong made their intentions clear in April and May, respectively, in the 2009 class. Texas prospect Kameron Miles offered a verbal pledge to Tennessee, but many believe he will still take some official visits, including one to Penn State.

Tyler Boyd, PA (4-star): The Clairton prospect was visited not too long ago by Stan Hixon during the evaluation period, and Penn State seems to be right in the thick of things as every school appears to be, because Boyd has yet to narrow his list.

Fight On State Odds: Until Boyd lists his visits or narrows his list, is hard to see what he is thinking, but he did note when I spoke to him after Hixon visited his excitement with Penn State stopping by, and also that he was excited that the Nittany Lions were evaluating wide-receiver Titus Howard, as well.

Delando Johnson, MD (3-star):

The Maryland prospect did not receive an offer after camping at Penn State's first Advanced Skill Camp, but he seems to be upbeat about his recruiting process from what he told FOS's Mark Brennan after the camp. Johnson also told FOS that Penn State coaches told him that he moved up on their list, and they were busy narrowing down who they were going to offer, a decision Johnson thinks will be coming soon.

Fight On State Odds: From the conversations I've had with Johnson, he seems very intrigued by the Nittany Lions, and enjoys the campus and facilities. The fact that he has said he is going to be patient and wait for an offer instead of moving the Nittany Lions down or off his list makes it appear that he has a spot for Penn State, and if offered, will certainly be back again for a visit.

Solomon Warfield, OH (3-star):

The Ohio prospect told Scout's John Garcia that O'Brien called to offer him personally, telling Warfield that he thinks he can change the game. He's on record as saying he wants to visit University Park, though no time table has been set by the 20+ offer prospect. He was suppose to camp on June 2nd, but has SATs which took priority.

Fight On State Odds: Warfield is going to make it back for a visit at some point, he said, something he is still working out with the Penn State coaching staff and his family. He's another kid with a ton of offers and no indication as to a leader or narrowed list, but getting him on campus will be a big step in the right direction.

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