PSU Recruiting Reset: Checking the Board

Prospects have come and gone on the Lions' board since spring. We breakdown who is left and where Penn State stands with them inside.

Penn State's needs haven't changed much over the last few weeks.

The prospects left on the board, however, have.

New Jersey four-star tackle Grant Newsome is no longer an option, as he committed to Michigan. It hasn't been all bad news, though, as the Lions did pick off one top target, New Jersey three-star Myles Hartsfield, when he committed a couple weeks back.

So who's left for Penn State to target? And what has changed of late?

A brief rundown is below:

1. Barnegat, N.J., four-star linebacker Manny Bowen: Bowen was high on Penn State's list before Barajas jumped ship, and that certainly hasn't changed now that he is gone. Bowen said he chatted with Penn State the same day Barajas left the class, and he will visit University Park Saturday. Not much else is new with the junior, save for a recent offer from Wisconsin.

2.Woodbridge, Va., Hylton four-star tackle Matthew Burrell: If a player ever had a case to become recruiting coordinator, it just might be Adam McLean. The Maryland four-star tackle has been relentless in trying to recruit players to Penn State, and Burrell has always been at the top of the list. In return, Burrell will visit University Park this weekend. A favorable trip will go a long way in helping keeping the Lions in the mix.

3.Suffield, Conn., Academy four-star defensive tackle Christian Wilkins: One of the quietest program's in the east, Wilkins will begin his trip to University Park Thursday with Penn State's first commitment in the class of 2015, safety Jarvis Miller. The defensive tackle doesn't even talk much recruiting with his friends, but Miller's work to get him on campus will mark what is believed to be Wilkin's first trip of the summer. He's long been on the Lions' radar.

4. Monaca, Pa., Central Valley four-star corner Jordan Whithead: Whitehead recently wrapped up his track and field season at the PIAA championships, meaning he again has time to fully focus on recruiting. Miami was the latest program to offer, and though the junior is in no rush (he will decide Oct. 3) giving the Lions, Hurricanes, and everyone else time to position themselves to land his services.

5.Philadelphia, Pa., St. Joe's four-star corner John Reid: Reid could not be in less of a rush, either, to put his recruitment to bed. He's another corner who will make some stops (no schools or dates are set yet) this summer, and plans to take well into the season, if not into the New Year, to make a decision. He and Whitehead could be flipped flopped here, and the Lions have time to see what both will do with Hartsfield in the fold.

6.Murfreesboro, Tenn., Oakland three-star linebacker Josh Smith: Smith's recruitment has been an interesting one, but a common thread has been James Franklin and his staff, who kept in touch with him while at Vanderbilt. He remains a longshot for the Lions (and will remain that way until he visits) but would be a fine addition if Bowen heads elsewhere, or even if he doesn't.

7.Manassas, Va., Stonewall Jackson five-star defensive tackle Tim Settle: Could the Lions' be back in it with the number four tackle in the county and number 15 player overall? Chalk his upcoming visit up to McLean again, and though there is a long way to go in this one, Penn State can consider itself at least in the mix mid-way through June.

8.Johnstown, Pa., Greater Johnstown three-star corner Kareem Gibson: One of the most recent offers the Lions' handed out, Gibson picked up the long sought offer during Penn State's first football camp of the summer. He will make a few more stops this summer, including one potentially at Arizona, before deciding anything about his future.

9.Warrington, Pa., Central Bucks South athlete Josh Adams: Though he's been quiet of late, Adams reported at last check that he and the Lions were still conversing plenty. The issue currently is Penn State views him as an athlete, but it is unclear if the high school running back desires to play that position in college instead of a potential flip to defense. He has no set summer visits currently.


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