Rapid Fire: Penn State Junior Day Reactions

A host of prospects give quick thoughts on the Nittany Lions’ Super Saturday.

Penn State held what was likely its most attended Junior Day ever this weekend, an event the Nittany Lions tabbed "Super Saturday.” More than 80 prospects were reportedly on hand.

Below you will find the initial thoughts on the event from some of the recruits who traveled to Happy Valley.

Thanks to Brian Dohn, Michael Clark and Allen Trieu for helping to compile this info. And stay tuned for more in-depth reports on different Junior Day visitors.


DE Charly Timite

“I loved everything about it. I learned a lot -- about life after football, the school, the academics and more.”

“They didn't say anything about an offer but I had a talk with Coach (James) Franklin and my family after the whole tour. He seemed interested. He told me to keep working and come back up during the spring and fall.”

OT Josh Ball

“My family and I (shown above) had a blast. We had a great time talking to the coaches and sitting down and with Coach Franklin. He told us that I was a high priority for them and that they really want me at Penn State. I also enjoyed getting to know Coach (Herb) Hand on a personal level.”

DT Mike Panasiuk

“It's huge (receiving an offer). With the new staff that they have there, it's great. They're definitely rising.”

“The coaches are great. Coach (Ricky) Rahne is the recruiter for my area, so I've been talking to him a lot, but while I was at Penn State, I spent time with the defensive line coach, Coach (Sean) Spencer.”

“The town and surroundings were amazing.”

“Penn State is up on my list. The coaches, campus and everything they offer is great.”

CB Elvis Hines (2017)

“They had excellent facilities. It's a great atmosphere on campus and I loved the coaches.”

CB Tyrone Hill

“It was great. I loved it. … I took a tour of the facilities and I loved the weight room and Beaver Stadium.”

CB Brenton Nelson

“It was good. They're my new No. 1.”

“I really like the environment. And I also want a good education as well as a good football program. They said I'm next in line for an offer. Like I'm really close but they are talking amongst the defensive staff.”

OL Lucas Niang

“I enjoyed the visit and liked the vibe of the school. I also liked the size and feeling of the stadium.”

WR Darian Street (2017)

“Penn State was great. The coaches are wonderful people, the facilities are beautiful and I love how Coach Franklin strives to be very successful, not only in football but academics as well.”

“Coach Franklin pulled me in for a 1v1 meeting, called me a big time player, liked how I handle myself on and off the field. They want me back up a lot, and they made it seem like they want to offer but not yet.”

WR Ahmed Bah

“The thing that stood out to me was the academic standards for the football players.”

OLB Avery Roberts (2017)

“(An offer he received) means a lot to me! Especially since there were over 100 recruits on campus today. I was one of a handful of sophomores invited, and one of a few out of over 100 to leave with an offer. It shows me how much they want me there.”

DL Rashad Wheeler

“It was great. I didn't get an offer, but I had a great time. … Just the campus and the talk with the coaches. Coach (Sean) Spencer said after I work out with him I should get offered.”

CB Sir Patrick Scott

“Penn State was fun. I took a tour around the campus. I saw the weight room and how state of the art it was. Got a chance to see the weight room (and) met wit Coach James Franklin. We spoke for a brief moment.”

DE Damion Barber

“It was really great. I found out more about the school what I didn't know of. … I had a great time there. Their graduation percentage is 87 percent, which is better than some of these (other) Big Ten schools.”

LB David Adams (2017)

“Penn State was amazing. It means so much to get the offer. The whole visit stood out. I really enjoyed myself. I can't want to be back up there.”

WR Shaquon Anderson-Butts (2018)

“Things went real good. I loved it up there. It's a good coaching staff. They show that they really care about their players, (and have) good academics. It's an early favorite.”

LB Solomon Manning

“The facilities were amazing. The opportunities were outstanding. The coaches were professional. We'll be in touch early next week and I'll see what happens from there (about an offer).”

RB Lamont Wade (2017)

“I don't get a chance to see my WPIAL boys much, so when I go on visits with them, I catch up with them. That's what I did. I didn't talk to Big Sterling (Jenkins) but I talked to John Petrishen.”

“(Penn State) talks to me about their alumni and me being set with them after I'm done with football. That's the main thing they say.”

WR Aaron Mathews

“I spent some time talking to Coach (Josh) Gattis about the offense. I learned there is a lot to know to play in that offense. I didn't know it was that difficult. The wording of the play calls is a lot longer and you have to pay attention to the defense a lot more.”

S Therran Coleman

“I saw the coaches were interacting with everybody and they were all energetic. I like that. … They said they had three or four scholarships for DBs and they are not sure if they are going to give them to cornerbacks or safeties.”


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