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PSU Recruiting Easy Board: Offense

Get the lowdown on the Nittany Lions' Class of 2017 offensive commits and prospects in one convenient place.

The Parameters

• We are only listing known offers to prospects we believe have some level of legitimate interest in Penn State. Since that can be a subjective matter, if you think we should add (or subtract) someone from the list, please let us know.

• For the sake of this board, we will not list offers to players who are committed to other schools unless we believe there is a legitimate chance they will flip.

• Compiled by the FOS staff with input from Scout experts Brian Dohn, Allen Trieu, Michael Clark and Bill Greene.

• Click player cards for more info on each prospect, including videos (where available), stories, analysis and schools of interest. Players are listed by position and in the general order of their Scout rankings.


Student Sports

Quarterback

Position Notes/Numbers: Penn State really only needs one QB in this class and filled that need early with Sean Clifford. Any other additions would have been luxuries.

COMMITTED

http://www.scout.com/player/187632-sean-clifford?s=157

Comments: Has emerged as one of the real leaders of Penn State's Class of 2017. … Aggressively recruited players during his trip to The Opening in July and has been a frequent visitor for PSU recruiting weekends, including Lasch Bash.

KEY OFFERS

Penn State had offered Maryland QB Kasim Hill. But he committed to the Terrapins in April. There are no other known offers here. Penn State is targeting a host of QBs for its Class of 2018.


Running Back

Position Notes/Numbers: After loading up on top RBs in the last couple of classes, this is a luxury position in this class. So the Lions set their sights very high, but Philadelphia-area standout D'Andre Swift ended up picking Georgia. PSU is already involved with a couple of outstanding 2018 backs.

COMMITTED

None.

KEY OFFER

None.


Cameron Sullivan-Brown

Wide Receiver

Position Notes/Numbers: Penn State needed two WRs in this class. Now that Cameron Sullivan-Brown and Mac Hippenhammer have committed, we could see the Lions taking a third WR if a top-level prospect want to jump on board. To nobody's surprise, Pennsylvania WR Mark Webb committed to Georgia. But he said he still intends to make official visits. We'll add him back here if if and when we think the Lions have a legit shot to flip him.

COMMITTED

http://www.scout.com/player/201421-cameron-sullivan-brown?s=157

Comments: Scored his Penn State offer on a visit to campus in early April and raved about the program and coaches afterward. … Visited for Lasch Bash in mid-July and made his commitment to the Nittany Lions public July 29. … Had a final two of PSU and Duke, but held nearly two dozen offers.

http://www.scout.com/player/200928-mac-hippenhammer?s=157

Comments: Camped with Penn State, where he had a chance to work with WR's coach Josh Gattis, and scored an offer afterward. … Would like to play football and baseball in college, and PSU said he can do that in Happy Valley. … Visited for Lasch Bash. … In committing to PSU, said he liked the fact that the Nittany Lions were one of the first heavy hitters to offer him, the university has a strong business school and he has a chance to play early.

KEY OFFERS

http://www.scout.com/player/196495-jaylen-harris?s=157

Comments: Harris announced his top five Aug. 21, and it included Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan State, Tennessee and Alabama. … Has said he'd like to play relatively close to home, so that seems to bode well for the Big Ten teams on his list. … Has yet to schedule official visits.

PSU's Chances: Much better than we initially thought. We don't see Harris heading to SEC country, and it he does not appear to be a priority for Ohio State. This is looking like a PSU-MSU battle, but we'll know more when he sets his officials.

http://www.scout.com/player/203871-henry-ruggs?s=157

Comments: Former basketball player who exploded during his first year of high school football last season. … Camped at Penn State in mid-July and stayed for the Lasch Bash. … Penn State has made his top five, along with Florida, Alabama, Auburn and Florida State. … Originally intended to make his decision Aug. 1, but after making three key visits in July (PSU, Alabama and Auburn) decided to push back the date.

PSU’s Chances: Before his visit to PSU, we classified this as "low." But the fact that the Lions made his top five could only be taken as a positive sign.

http://www.scout.com/player/191945-k-j-hamler?s=157

Comments: Attended Penn States Junior Day in February. Has said he has connected with receivers coach Josh Gattis. Hails from the same school as former Lion star Allen Robinson. … Won WR MVP honors at The Opening Columbus and earned an invite to the national event. … A source close to Hamler told Scout's Allen Trieu that the prospect "loves Penn State." … Hamler recently announced he is transferring to IMG Academy in Florida. … Also visited Penn State in the spring and said, "they treat me like family."

PSU’s Chances: Looking OK, considering what Trieu reported. But this seems to be wide open, with schools like Tennessee and Oklahoma entering the mix.

http://www.scout.com/player/181240-danny-davis?s=157

Comments: At Sound Mind Sound Body in Detroit said Penn State is one of the schools recruiting him the hardest. … Said "I got chills" walking on the field at Beaver Stadium during a visit even though the facility was empty. … Michigan State and West Virginia are also recruiting him hard. … Oregon and Kentucky entered the mix recently, as well. Wants to take all five officials and intends to decide in January.

PSU's Chances: OK. We downgraded slightly from "Good" when he said he'll be taking a visit out to Oregon.

http://www.scout.com/player/205809-d-j-edwards?s=157

Comments: Picked up a PSU offer in January as the Lions continued to try to pry skill players out of the Sunshine State. … Once seemed poised to commit to Kentucky but it now appears as if things are wide open. … Reported he is now projected as a full qualifier, which has prompted more offers coming his way.

PSU’s Chances: Low. He has yet to visit Penn State..


Tight End

Position Notes/Numbers: We expect PSU to take only one TE in this class. And we thought it would be Ohio standout Matt Dotson. But when he made a surprise commitment to Michigan State, the Lions had to readjust. So they set their sights on Oklahoma three-star Reese Leitao. When he committed to Nebraska, it began looking more and more like PSU would not be getting a tight end in this class.

COMMITTED

None.

KEY OFFER

http://www.scout.com/player/199322-charles-reeves?s=157

Comments: De-committed from Kentucky in January. Earned All-State honors as a junior, prompting increased interest. Received an in-home visit from Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead and tight ends coach Ricky Rayne. Intends to visit PSU in late May or mid-June.

PSU’s Chances: Better than we thought. … His pinned tweet about receiving an offer from Alabama is now gone from his Twitter feed. … On Aug. 4 posted a poll asking where he'll land: Syracuse, Pitt, Nebraska or Penn State.


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Offensive Line

Position Notes/Numbers: James Franklin likes to get at least four offensive linemen in every class, and the Lions are already there. After several top targets committed elsewhere — including Keystone State native Robert Hainsey choosing Notre Dame — the remaining pickings are starting to get a little thin.

COMMITTED

http://www.scout.com/player/195514-c-j-thorpe?s=157

Comments: PSU legacy that committed before the Blue-White Game. Holds offers from power programs across the nation.

http://www.scout.com/player/204527-mike-miranda?s=157

Comments: Visited for the Blue-White Game and committed the following week. Has more than a dozen offers, but not one from Ohio State.

http://www.scout.com/player/199409-rob-martin?s=157

Comments: After seeing him at The Opening New Jersey, we project Martin as an offensive guard at Penn State. Committed before the Blue-White Game.

http://www.scout.com/player/208563-desmond-holmes?s=157

Comments: Picked up a Penn State offer in late July, after a strong camp performance earlier in the month. … Visited Penn State Aug. 6 and — to the surprise of nobody, committed that day. … He is the first linemen in this class who projects as a true OT at the college level.

KEY OFFERS

http://www.scout.com/player/198469-cesar-ruiz?s=157

Comments: Product of Camden, N.J., who is playing his high school ball at IMG. Visited Penn State in June of 2015 and was back on campus to watch spring practice in March.

PSU’s Chances: Dicey. Alabama appears to be the favorite at this point. But another player whose recruitment still has a long way to go.

http://www.scout.com/player/200539-carter-warren?s=157

Comments: Was at Penn State for Junior Day, where he got to meet new O-line coach Matt Limegrover. Has not seemed to be a lot of interaction since, though.

PSU’s Chances: Low The commitment of Desmond Holmes likely means PSU went in a different direction here.

http://www.scout.com/player/201987-mekhi-becton?s=157

Comments: Lions were a little late to the party here, offering in early May after he already held offers from Michigan State, Maryland, North Carolina and Pitt. 

PSU’s Chances: Low. PSU made his top 10. But most believe he will stay in state, either at Virginia or Virginia Tech.


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