Wednesday PSU Recruiting Notebook

FOS Recruiting analyst Greg Pickel provides another detailed report on the late-breaking developments with Penn State football recruiting as the prepare for this weekend's big recruiting campus event.

When it comes to filling out its class of 2014 and looking ahead to its class of 2015, new Penn State head coach James Franklin and his staff have left no stone unturned, no gas pedal unpressed, and no plane doors unclosed. An odometer reset would be needed to track the miles traveled by the new head coach and his assistants.

Come Friday though, the reverse will take place, as Franklin and his assembled staff will settle into offices in the Lasch Building and eventually its auditorium to welcome a host of senior verbal commits and prospects they desire to join that group. We start Wednesday's notebook there.

Weekend Visit List

As has been noted time and time again here at FOS throughout the last week, the visit weekend will top the one State hosted in December with Bill O'Brien still at the helm.

The way things are shaking up now, those taking officials will come for the standard Friday through Sunday affair, while those taking unofficials will join the group Saturday. Whether some or all of the prospects coming Saturday will pay their way and stay overnight was not immediately clear. Like last night, I may be omitting someone, so if I am please ask and I'll clear it up.

Officials (* indicates potential visitor)

LB Jason Cabinda - verbal commit who couldn't make the December weekend.

DE Lloyd Tubman - confirmed to FOS Tuesday night he'd be in attendance.

OL Brendan Brosnan

CB Amani Oruwariye

QB Trace McSorley

CB Grant Haley

OT Chance Sorrell

OL Damian Prince* - RB commit Mark Allen is working to bring Prince along, but there's no confirmation yet that he is coming or that it will be an official.

WR Saeed Blacknall* - Still think he ends up visiting Rutgers this weekend, but stranger things have happened.

S Koa Farmer* - visiting either Vanderbilt or Penn State.

RB Mikale Wilbon* - Will visit Penn State, Missouri, or nowhere.

Unofficials (* indicates prospect has not confirmed with FOS he is coming)

RB Mark Allen

Saf. Marcus Allen

OT Noah Beh - confirmed with OC John Donovan Wednesday night he was coming.

LB Troy Reeder - Plans to come, but a family event may not allow it. Will confirm later in the week.

CB Daquan Worley - confirmed to FOS Tuesday night he is coming up.

RB Johnathan Thomas* - Mark Allen believes he's coming, but we haven't been able to confirm that. The back tweeted Tuesday night that RB coach Charlie Huff was coming to visit, so it seems fairly likely he'll be here.

RB Nick Scott*

WR Chris Godwin*

WR Troy Apke*

TE Mike Gesicki*

Tuesday Nights with Franklin

OK, so it doesn't have the same ring the famous movie does, but so be it. Franklin and receivers coach Josh Gattis spent the evening with the aforementioned Oruwariye answering questions from he and his mother.

"It went really well," Oruwariye wrote in a text. "I knew it would be good for my mom to see him and for them to tie up loose ens with any confusion on why he left Vanderbilt. Overall, it went good."

The biggest questions the family had revolved around Franklin's departure from the Commodores' program, and the answers were satisfactory.

"My mom was just asking all the right things and stuff about why he left and what they're selling at Penn State," Oruwariye wrote. "We just wanted to know the little things."

Looking ahead: Part 1

Gattis handled offensive recruiting duties for Franklin at Vanderbilt, and he's likely to do the same at Penn State. His intimate knowledge of the junior class across the country will no doubt pay dividends down the road working hand in hand with the selling Bill O'Brien's staff did of the Lions program.

As noted, a Junior Day is scheduled for Feb. 15, and while Columbia (Mo.) Rock Bridge four-star junior receiver Alex Ofodile may not come, he will keep an eye on the Lions after receiving an offer following a phone call with Gattis Tuesday.


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