PSU Senior Elite II Recap

Get the rundown from a busy Sunday at (and around) the Nittany Lions' football complex.

Penn State's busiest weekend of the summer has come to a close.

It was a productive one for head coach James Franklin and his Lions, as they gained a commitment (from four-star Manny Bowen), sent out a new offer (to four-star 2016 receiver Justin Layne), and hosted two camps and a select group of recruits in between on Saturday.

Sunday saw the program's final camp of June come and go. We break down the ins and outs below.

Lions Enter the Receiving Layne

The competition will be heavy for Benedictine, Ohio, four-star junior receiver Justin Layne.

The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder is a tremendous looking prospect with great hands. He worked out most of the day, but his action was cut shorts when Lions' 2015 commitment Ayron Monroe had to leave.

The reason?

Layne was using Monroe's cleats after an early snafu left his in disrepair. Nonetheless, the Lions' staff saw enough to extend an offer, joining Michigan, Michigan State and Miami, among others.

"It was an amazing experience for me, because it was actually the first college camp I've been to," Layne told Scout.com.

Menet Impresses

Top level prospects like Michal Menet show up at college camps not for an offer but for an experience.

Some even put on a show to go along with the benefit of knowing how a coaching staff works, and the Reading, Pa., Exeter Twp. four-star 2016 offensive tackle did all of the above during a busy day at camp.

"I learned how Coach Hand likes to coach. That was probably the main reason I wanted to come up here, to get a feel for how he coaches. And … it's always good to see the other coaches and build relationships."

"I thought I tested really well," Menet said. "I learned how Coach [Herb] Hand likes to coach. That was probably the main reason I wanted to come up here, to get a feel for how he coaches. And … it's always good to see the other coaches and build relationships."

The lineman put on a show in testing, too, by turning in a 4.31-second shuttle (a personal best), a 5.0 40-yard dash ("Which, that's alright"), and an eight foot, one inch broad jump he felt he could have been better.

Penn State has to like where it sits with Menet early, though he is nowhere near a decision. The junior will make some trips in July, but no dates or locations are set in stone.

Kelly a Busy Man

Union City, N.J., three-star defender Daiquan Kelly spent the weekend at Penn State, and his goal was simple: impress the staff, earn an offer and ponder joining teammate and Lion commit Steven Gonzalez with the Lions.

Kelly worked mostly at defensive back, but also got some one-on-one time with linebacker coach Brent Pry doing work near the end of camp.

He did not leave with an offer, but where he stands with Penn State in terms of one down the road was not immediately clear.

"It went great," Kelly said of the day. "It was a great camp. I did everything I could and did my best.

Star Studded Watchers

There were plenty of big names at University Park Sunday, even if they didn't all camp.

Among the committed, three-star linebacker Jake Cooper, four-star defensive tackle Adam McLean, three-star safety Monroe and three-star defensive end Jon Holland all stuck around to watch camp. Three others — corner Myles Hartsfield, offensive tackle Gonzalez and four-star quarterback Brandon Wimbush — participated in the camp.

When it comes to the uncommitted, the group was headlined by four-star Hyattsville, Md., DeMatha four-star defensive end Shane Simmons, who hung around with the non-camping group for most of the day sporting a Penn State visor, shorts and gym bag.

Of course, he wasn't the only one, as four-star Washington, D.C., Archbishop Carroll 2016 offensive tackle Jauan Williams took part in some of the camp, while four-star Baltimore St. Frances Academy end Rahshaun Smith hung out with players and commits alike for the day.

"Since I got offered by Penn State, I figured I might as well check it out," Williams said. "From what I've seen, this place is very awesome.

"It has very nice facilities, nice fields, nice coaching staff, and the intensity is very extreme with them."

Old Face Helps New Program

Austyn Carta-Samuels was Franklin's quarterback at Vanderbilt, but the former Commodore has played his final down.

The California native is done with football after missing Vanderbilt's final game of the 2013 season with an ACL injury, but wants to stay in the game as a graduate assistant.

Though he's not on Penn State's coaching roster, Carta-Samuels was on hand helping out with the quarterbacks Sunday.


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