Advanced Skill Camp Notebook

Numerous prospects stood out throughout the day at Penn State's second Advanced Skill Camp of the summer. Find out who caught our eye in this Advanced Skill Camp notebook.

Nearly 200 prospects trekked to University Park for Penn State's second Advanced Skill Camp of the summer. And while the first week of June featured a mix of talent, Saturday was all about the underclassmen.

• Paul VI (Haddonfield, N.J.) Class of 2015 receiver Irvin Charles had a very good afternoon. He is a big, strong player with good hands. Irvin reminded me of Middletown High (Del.) class of 2014 verbal commit Chris Godwin. He did a nice job getting out of his breaks and excelled in one on one drills.

• There were several quarterbacks that looked good in the afternoon session. Class of 2015 Gonzaga High (Washington, D.C.) QB Nick Johns and 2016 Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) QB Jarrett Guarantano drew the most attention from State head coach Bill O'Brien, who checked out a variety of position groups throughout the day. Both players were big and threw nice, tight spirals. Another QB that looked good was Council Rock North (Newtown, Pa.) 2016 prospect Brandon McIlwain.

• Quaker High (Leetsdale, Pa.) Class of 2015 WR Chris Conlan was at camp Saturday, and made several good grabs. Chris is the son of Penn State great Shane Conlan.

• There were several defensive backs that looked good Saturday, including Calvert Hall (Baltimore, Md.) 2015 corner Juantez McCrae. The top play maker, though, was Seneca Valley (Harmony, Pa.) 2015 defensive back Thomas Holl. Holl was constantly praised by State defensive coordinator John Butler, along with O'Brien, for defending balls in one-on-one drills. Holl intercepted two passes and broke up nearly every ball thrown at him.

• Class of 2016 DE/LB Rahshaun (Shaq) Smith already has a verbal scholarship offer, and Saturday, he drew the attention of nearly every Penn State coach. When Ron Vanderlinden wasn't coaching him, either Butler or O'Brien were busy giving tips to the standout.

• Class of 2015 Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) defensive lineman Darius Fullwood was a standout among the defensive linemen in attendance. I spoke with his father briefly after camp, and he told me that his son was not only very interested in Penn State, but that he also really feels comfortable with Lions defensive line coach Larry Johnson. I wouldn't be surprised if Fullwood earns an offer in the future.

• One of the lighter moments of the day came when Chescire Academy (Conn.) 2015 tight end Matthew Kehoe ran a different route than what he should have. Butler stopped him to coach him up, briefly, anyway. It didn't take long for O'Brien to summon Kehoe from the other side of the field, lightheartedly noting that Butler didn't know what he was talking about because he is a defensive coach, which drew the laughter of Butler.


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