FRANKLY SPEAKING: Tuesday Recruiting Notes

With National Signing Day on Wednesday, Greg Pickel reviews the final push for Penn State football's Class of 2014 as well as the coming Junior Day.

With a day to go until fax machines fire up inside the Lasch Building and football facilities across the country, Penn State has filled it's class of 2014. Shorter batch of notes today, but lets dive into it.
Campbell finds Penn State 'Mmm mmm good'

Despite narrowing his list to Indiana and Minnesota, Phoenix City (Ala.) Central class of 2014 safety/corner Christian Campbell never ruled Penn State out. He found out that was smart Monday night.

As you've likely read from Scout's John Garcia Jr. by now, the 6-foot-2, 180 pound three-star quickly acted on a Penn State offer once it was extended by head coach James Franklin, committing almost immediately to the Lions, filling its final spot of the cycle in the process.

The late emphasis on defensive backs - Lamont Simmons and Montae Nicholson were also bantered about in recent days, and the former officially visited last weekend - clearly showed Franklin and company were placing an emphasis on taking a secondary member, but why? Lets take a look.

When summer camp beings, Penn State defensive coordinator and safety coach Bob Shoop will mentor returners Adrian Amos, Ryan Keiser, Jesse Della Valle, Malik Golden, Connor Harrop, Dad Poquie, and Kasey Gaines. That group is set to be joined by Marcus Allen, Koa Farmer*, and Campbell*. Corners coach Terry Smith, meanwhile, will handle coaching responsibilities for returners Jordan Smith, Anthony Smith, Jordan Lucas, Trevor Williams, Da'Quan Davis, Devin Pryor, and Jesse Merise.

Simply put, it doesn't take much to see the group above and realize Amos, Keiser, Della Valle, Lucas, and maybe Williams and Davis are locked into meaningful snaps. Golden didn't see many at safety, while Harrop and Poquie are walk-ons, and Gaines was hurt. At corner, the Smith's played mostly special teams, while Davis played sparingly, Williams less and less as the season went on, and Pryor and Merise hardly at all.

A lot of defensive backs were brought in during this cycle, there's no denying that. It can partially be pinned to the fact, as Franklin said...

See the complete report including an updated review of expected Junior Day attendees.


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