The program snagged three commitments Saturday, and followed it up by sending out a trio of offers Monday. Get the lowdown below.
Even though this reporter took the under in terms of number of recruits the Lions would land Saturday, they flew over it, anyway.
Miller isn't a household name in recruiting circles just yet, but has turned in quality NIKE SPARQ numbers this winter. Carter, meanwhile, is a four-star prospect Scout national analyst Brian Dohn gave high marks following his pledge. He very well could be the impact end Penn State has sought.
Finally, on Bates, the four-star prospect said he will start his Penn State career at guard, a shift from his high school days, most of which were spent at tackle. The factor to notice here is not so much the position switch, but the true to form nature of offensive line coach Herb Hand. He told the media a few weeks ago they grouped their lineman board based on who could play tackle, who could play tackle and guard, and who could play tackle, guard and center. Bates falls into the last group, which is why he took such a high priority with the staff.
Cooper Close to Committing?
We'll have a full rundown of Warminster (Pa.) Class of 2015 linebacker Jake Cooper's visit to University Park Sunday, but can confirm he did not commit during his unofficial visit. This is not reason for concern.
The junior three-star made clear before — and then after — his trip to Penn State that he wanted to stay true to his word and visit Duke next weekend. He will, and with a trip also scheduled for next Monday to University Park, we'd expect Penn State's Class of 2015 to grow by one then.
We've confirmed that at least three offers went out to top-rated prospects Monday night, and all three went to players James Franklin and his staff were recruiting at Vanderbilt.
The first landed in the hands of Scout's No. 1 defensive tackle for the Class of 2015, Albany (Ga.) Westover five-star Trent Thompson.
Thompson said on his Twitter account that Penn State was one of the programs he was hoping would extend an offer. Another Georgia prospect, Montezuma Macon County four-star middle linebacker Roquan Smith, tweeted he talked with Franklin and officially received an offer. He is Scout.com's second-ranked interior linebacker.
The final offer of the evening went out to Columbia (Tenn.) Central four-star tight end Jackson Harris, who Franklin and company were heavily recruiting at Vanderbilt.
All three prospects have offer lists with heavy SEC flavor, so getting just one of them to visit could be considered an accomplishment. But, time will tell in terms of what this staff's deep Southern ties will mean at the helm of a Northern program.
Further, the three join Washington (D.C.) St. John's College defensive back Ayron Monroe, who was offered following junior day.
Odds & Ends
• One interesting note we discovered while chatting with prospects following Saturday's visit was that the day closed with a trip to Beaver Stadium. Upon arrival, the group was formed into lines of four, and, after linking arms, the gates opened and they walked onto the field. It was after this walk that Carter committed to Franklin and company on the Beaver Stadium turf.
•There was suspense about whether Brad "Spider" Caldwell would be in fine shape with the program when Franklin arrived, but as we reported, that concern was unfounded. It was proved again Monday, when Cooper was introduced to the longtime equipment manager during his visit. He said it was "an awesome experience" to get to talk to him.
• There has been a clamor for updates on Whitehall (Pa.) running back and Rutgers commit Saquon Barkley. We can confirm he visited Penn State, and had his offer confirmed, but the prospect said Monday he was "thinking about a lot" and not ready to do interviews at this time.
• I exchanged a few messages with Cheshire (Conn.) Academy quarterback Patrick Kehoe, who visited Penn State with his brother, M.J, Saturday. A junior, Patrick wrote: "The visit went well at Penn State. I built a good relationship with [quarterbacks coach Ricky] Rahne and really enjoyed the new staff and school." The family did not visit Boston College Sunday due to family reasons.