Penn Statements: Weekend Visitor Preview

After offering a pair of prospects Thursday, the Lions will play host to another group of visitors Saturday. Get the rundown before the weekend begins.

Penn State has accomplished plenty on the field with three quarters of its spring practice period complete. The Nittany Lions have also taken care of business off it.

Three prospects have committed since spring drills began March 17. One other, Glassboro, N.J., receiver Juwan Johnson, committed the Sunday before. Besides pledges, there have been plenty of visitors, too.

The count for this weekend, when Penn State will practice for the 11th time Saturday (it is not practicing Friday) is down. But much of that can be attributed to the program holding its coaching clinic this weekend, too. takes a look at what cooking on the recruiting scene in our notebook below.

Pair of Sophs to Watch

Reports spread late Thursday afternoon that one of North Carolina's best sophomore running backs, four-star Robert Washington, had picked up a Penn State offer. There was just one problem: the Huntersville, N.C., SouthLake Christian Academy ball carrier hadn't heard from Penn State.

Washington gave his visit to University Park (which happened last Saturday) rave reviews in a recent interview with FOS. When contacted Thursday, he said he learned of the potential offer through social media, but had not yet spoken with running backs coach Charles Huff.

The sophomore had not spoken with Penn State as of late Thursday, but an offer will undoubtedly be presented once he does.

In neighboring Virginia, Class of 2016 Hampton Phoebus High corner Richie Robinson also reported an offer.

Weekend Visit Preview

Penn State will host at least five visitors Saturday. Two of them will be from a pair of Virginia's best juniors.

DT Tim Settle

Profile: Manassas, Va., Stonewall Jackson four-star and Scout's No. 3 defensive tackle

Rundown: Settle has long been considered a potential five-star prospect, and with good reason. The 6-foot-3, 310-pound tackle has 28 offers, including one from Penn State, and is explosive, quick of the ball and strong, according to's Michael Clark.

Settle's decision to visit sent shock waves through social media Thursday afternoon, which is becoming a daily occurrence with James Franklin at the controls for Penn State. The tackle has shown a willingness to visit just about anywhere, yet getting him on campus can be considered a win for the Lions' staff.

OT Matthew Burrell

Profile: Woodbridge, Va., C.D. Hylton four-star and Scout's No. 8 offensive tackle

Rundown: Burrell is a prospect former Lion leader Bill O'Brien heavily targeted. The program offered about a year ago — May 2013 — and Burrell said then the program's tradition stood out.

"I always liked, back when I was little, watching them play in all white and black Nike cleats," Burrell said in an interview with FOS. "I was always a fan of JoePa, too. He's a big inspiration to me."

Despite those comments citing the Lions' tradition, Burrell's interest in the Lions appeared to fade. But it picked back up with Franklin in town, culminating with him confirming to Clark that he and his father will visit University Park.

QB Patrick Shurmur

Profile: Wyndmoor, Pa., La Salle College three-star and Scout's No. 41 quarterback

Rundown: The son of Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, the junior is in the next wave of quarterbacks Penn State is evaluating after New Jersey four-star prospect Brandon Wimbush. Shurmur will stop at a few schools this spring, but he's always kept his eye on the Lions since moving to Philadelphia from Ohio.

OT Barnabas Baning

Profile: Leonardtown, Md., St. Mary's Ryken three-star

Rundown: A junior that planned a trip to University Park two weeks ago, Baning is now set to visit Penn State Saturday. The 6-foot-5, 301 pound tackle is up to three offers, and while it's not likely number four comes Saturday, he does play a position the Lions desperately need to target. That alone makes him worth watching.

S Jarvis Miller

Profile: Suffield, Conn., three-star and Penn state Class of 2015 verbal commitment

Rundown: Miller's name was hardly known to Penn State fans when he trekked to campus for the Lions' Junior Day Feb. 15. He left as a verbal commitment, one of two State would secure that day.

Miller returns for the first time this weekend. He'll get into town Friday and stay through Saturday to check out a practice and spend some additional time with its staff.

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