Frankly Speaking: Monday Musings

Another week on the road to spring practice kicks off with a quartet of visitors coming to University Park. Get the lowdown inside.

The start of the first spring practice in the James Franklin era is just three weeks away. The push to fill his latest recruiting class is always ongoing, though.

Penn State will host four visitors Monday on the heels of sending out a pair of offers Sunday. We dive into the latest on the Lions' recruiting scene below.

Weekend Recap

With Penn State consumed by its 46-hour THON dance marathon for most of the weekend, the recruiting trail was fairly quiet.

Saturday was spent making appearances for both the staff and players. Franklin and his staff concluded the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association coaches clinic, held at Penn State Thursday through Saturday, before a few members of the staff shipped off to Pittsburgh for a NIKE clinic.

For the players, their Saturday was spent interacting with the children who participated in the Make-A-Wish Lasch tour, followed by a stop at THON's "Athlete Hour" and finally at THON itself for the pep rally.

Sunday proved to be plenty active as well, as Franklin extended an offer to class of 2015 Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga College four-star cornerback and former Virginia Tech commit Marcus Lewis before taking in the PSU wrestling team's 43-3 domination of Clarion on the mats at Rec Hall.

Late Sunday night, another player claimed an offer, as Fairburn (Ga.) Creekside 2015 offensive tackle Venzell Boulware tweeted that he was offered by the Lions. We'll follow up with Boulware Monday.

Big Monday

Penn State will host at least quartet of visitors Monday, as Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt running back Andre Robinson, Malvern (Pa.) Great Valley defensive end Ryan Buchholz, and Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood linebacker Jake Cooper and offensive tackle Ryan Bates will all be on campus.

Bates, of course, committed at Junior Day, and there's a fair chance Cooper and Buchholz will declare for the Lions Monday, as well. As for Robinson, the junior back is making the first of two trips he will make to University Park in as many months, giving Penn State an opportunity to stake an early lead over other programs, namely Ohio State, which Robinson will visit Mar. 22.

There doesn't appear to be much of an itinerary for the day just yet, but expect the prospects to arrive on campus by 10 a.m. if not earlier. It's the second trip in as many weeks for Cooper, who will be on the road again after visiting Duke unofficially over the weekend.

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