FRANKLY SPEAKING: Thursday Recruiting Notes

Get another deep dive look at Penn State's recruiting efforts and activities as PSU football looks to spring drills.

If there was any reason to believe head coach James Franklin and his staff would slow down on the recruiting trail with spring practice just weeks away, it was quickly squashed by another week.

It's Thursday, and before our promised day-long chat, we dive into the latest recruiting news and notes in this edition of Frankly Speaking.

Final Thoughts on Wednesday's Visitor

When Tyler Hudanick's name first popped onto my radar in late January, I popped his film on. As many of you likely did when Brian first wrote about him in February (if not, his film is HERE), you probably watched it and came to the realization that he's a pretty solid prospect, too.

This led to some chatter that the 6-foot-4, 286 pound offensive lineman might receive an offer before he left University Park Wednesday. That didn't end up happening, though.

Hudanick was very pleased to learn right at the beginning of the visit that an offer would not be forthcoming yet, as it eliminated the curiosity that every recruit carries with them when making a visit. Instead, Hand informed him that Penn State is aiming to take four to five linemen in the class of 2015 cycle as we predicted on Signing Day, and further, that the staff sees him as a combo guard. In other words, he's a guy that they project as an interior lineman that could possibly play tackle in the future.

Of course, the Lions already have one combo guard committed in Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood tackle Ryan Bates, a player that told Fight On State when he committed that he would start his career in blue and white at guard.

Hand went on to tell Hudanick that the staff views tackle as a major priority in this cycle the way things currently stand, and it wouldn't surprise me if Penn State ends with two or three tackles in this cycle and just one additional combo guard. It leaves Hudanick and New Jersey's Tommy Hatton as names to watch, and the later will visit March 22.

So who's the top target at tackle? There's no doubt its Pittsburgh (Pa.) Baldwin four-star Sterling Jenkins, who visited for the Nittany Lions' Junior Day and had at least four or five coaches stop by his school during the contact period back in January.

Finally, as it relates to Hudanick, he will return for a spring visit and have more football related chatter with Hand. It's my belief that Penn State would sit in fantastic shape to land the junior should it offer, and I'd expect his offer count to rise during the spring evaluation period.

Names to Watch

With offers going out state, region, and nationwide on a daily basis, it's easy to gloss over names on the cusp of an offer. Yet, they exists, and there's three names that are worth watching.

The first is the aforementioned Hatton, a 6-foot-2, 280 pound three-star guard that picked up his 13th offer from Iowa Wednesday night. As noted, he would fit the combo guard slot at Penn State, and will visit March 22.

Another name to keep an eye on is Chicago (Ill.) Gordon Technical three-star defensive end Raequon Williams. The 6-foot-5, 265 pounder has...

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