Young athletes will descend on the Lasch Football Complex Sunday to kick off Penn State's summer camp sessions.
Head coach James Franklin and his staff will be involved in camps both inside their University Park confines and away from home this summer. The program has five individual position camps scheduled for June and July in State College, along with a specialist and 7-on-7 team camp.
Outside of the Keystone State, the Lions' staff will work camps at Georgia State and Stetson University in Florida. Franklin, plus some assistants, are also expected to be at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp in Detroit, Mich., June 12-13.
The out-of-state appearances are unique to Penn State, because while camp speaking engagements have occurred under previous regimes, the satellite camps are believed to be a first.
Nonetheless, the goals of the top athletes attending, whether it be in State College or elsewhere, are rarely different than the goal of offered Sayreville, N.J., Parlin defensive back Myles Hartsfield, who will be on hand for Sunday's 1-6 p.m. session.
"I want to get a feel with the coaching staff, see what the staff is like, and get familiar with the coaches and everything."
"I want to get a feel with the coaching staff, see what the staff is like, and get familiar with the coaches and everything," Hartsfield said. "That's a great opportunity, and why not [camp]? Why pass on a great opportunity?"
Who else will camp alongside the three-star? Get the early rundown of five confirmed attendees to watch below.
Tale of the Tape: 6-0, 175-pound three-star DB from Sayreville, N.J., Parlin (Class of 2015)
The Lowdown: Hartsfield is down to two, and the junior is expected to camp at both of them this weekend. He'll arrive at University Park after camping at Rutgers Friday (with SATs in the middle Saturday), and he told FOS his decision will rest on education, his relationship with the coaching staff and the chance of early playing time. Hartsfield said Penn State has not distinctly pointed out the potential to get on the field right away, but he did say he knows most schools are willing to offer the opportunity to players that earn it.
Tale of the Tape: 6-0, 195-pound four-star RB from Pittsburgh Woodland Hills (Class of 2016)
The Lowdown: Sanders said he wanted to camp to work with running backs coach Charles Huff. He'll get that opportunity, along with a chance to show just why Penn State offered him before his junior season. When all is said and done, Sanders has a chance to be among the top five players in the Keystone State in his class.
Tale of the Tape: 6-2, 190-pound QB from Rochester, N.Y., Aquinas Institute (Class of 2016)
The Lowdown: Zembiec threw for numerous schools this spring, and Penn State was among the group that sent two assistants to see the workout in upstate New York. Offensive line coach Herb Hand handles the territory, but the sophomore has built a relationship with quarterbacks coach Ricky Rahne. He told FOS he hopes to build on it, and his game, Sunday.
Tale of the Tape: 6-3, 257-pound DE/LB from Bethlehem, Pa., Freedom (Class of 2016)
The Lowdown: Noticing a trend here? With Penn State's hot start essentially filling its Class of 2015, the Lions' camp cycle will be more about evaluating sophomores and potential walk-ons rather than the typical path of looking for rising seniors to offer. Cotto is an intriguing prospect who ran a 5.35 40-yard dash, a 5.16 shuttle, and leaped 21.4 inches during a NIKE SPARQ camp in Ohio earlier this year.
Tale of the Tape: 6-0, 170-pound WR/DB from Camp Hill, Pa., Cedar Cliff (Class of 2016)
The Lowdown: Cedar Cliff has produced a couple of FBS prospects of late in PSU tight end Adam Breneman and Virginia Tech QB Andrew Ford. The Colts' next prospect to watch just might be Viti, who caught an eye or two at the PA Swag 7-on-7 event at West Chester University a few weekends back.