Greg Pickel's PSU Pick Six

Get the latest on six trending topics in the world of Penn State football recruiting. This installment is heavy on DBs with mentioned of a key receiver and one lineman.

With live football comes livelier recruiting, and for Penn State, it couldn't come at a better time. What has been a slow, tedious process is now starting to pick up steam, as offers are being sent out and prospects are still interested in the Nittany Lions.

Thus far, the month of August has seen the staff focus on defensive backs, with at least one offer being sent out, and others contacted. Early enrollment is still a bonus when it comes to a prospect's chances of receiving an offer. But sometimes, stats and overall level of play make that irrelevant.

With that in mind, here are six trending topics in the world of Penn State football recruiting.

• C.D. Hylton High (Woodbridge, Va.) offensive tackle Chasz Wright is starting to see his recruiting pick up, as Penn State was one of a couple of schools - the other being N.C. State -- that offered over the weekend. While N.C. State sits on top at the moment for the 6-foot-6, 280-pound Class of 2013 prospect, he does plan on trying to schedule a visit to Penn State this fall.

• When Grayson High (Loganville, Ga.) defensive back Kasey Gaines received an offer from Penn State Sunday, the Class of 2013 prospect said the Nittany Lions immediately jumped to the top of his list. “Harvard is very close, but Penn State is definitely leading,” Gaines said. He was offered by defensive coordinator Ted Roof, who talked about Gaines' day at Penn State's Advanced Skills Camp back in June before telling the 5-10, 160-pound safety he had an offer.

• Speaking of DBs hearing from the Nittany Lions, The Hun School (Princeton, N.J.) defensive back/running back Abdul Malik-Majeed is hearing from Penn State and regularly contacts tight ends coach John Strollo to keep in touch. While Majeed has no offers yet, he camped at much of the Big Ten (including Penn State). He recorded seven interceptions during camp at Michigan State. Majeed has no choice but to keep his options open until he receives his first offer, but he still considers Penn State a school for him. “I think the situation with Coach Strollo and Penn State is good in that he and I stay in constant contact. I am still interested in Penn State. It's unfortunate that those things happened to PSU -- things that were beyond the control of the current coaches and players. Penn State is still a great academic institution. It has a great football program and tremendous fans.”

• Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, Pa.) wide-receiver Brian Lemelle hasn't ruled out Penn State at all, but has slowed his recruitment as two-a-days have taken up a large chunk of his time as the Crusaders get set to open the 2012 season. Lemelle said he hopes to make an official visit to Penn State, but has not had time to outline any fall visits due to camp.

• Northwest High (Cincinnati) cornerback DeQuan Render is hearing from Penn State, as his coach and the PSU staff have been in contact recently to discuss the 6-1, 175 pound prospect. Render has a lone offer from Kent State, and is interested in the Nittany Lions. “I feel like this school could take me a long way in life besides football -- just my career period,” Render said. “And I would love to come out of that tunnel.” Render will likely visit University Park this fall.

Quick Hitters: Looking for a player who may soon be on Penn State's radar? Class of 2014 prospect Nicholas Scott is it. After moving to Virginia from his native Massachusetts, Scott said he received a camp invite from Penn State through his new head coach at Fairfax High in Virginia, but didn't find out about it until after the camp season was over He hopes to hear from the Nittany Lions in the future. … There is still no word on Central Dauphin (Harrisburg, Pa.) linebacker Zayd Issah's decision between Oregon and Penn State. Issah and his family have gone quiet on the matter, and there is no timetable for a decision to be made. … The same can be said for Bayside Academy (Daphne, Ala.) linebacker Jonathan Walton, who said last week he is still waiting to make his decision. At this point, it appears Walton may be searching for a more enticing option closer to home in the South.

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