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Will Good News Come Out Of PSU's Lasch Bash?

Nittany Lion fans are going to have to be a little patient to see the payoffs from last weekend's big recruiting event on campus.

Penn State held its annual Lasch Bash recruiting party on campus Saturday, with dozens of prospects visiting Happy Valley. As of Tuesday morning, however, the Nittany Lions had yet to land a commitment following the event.

Should PSU fans be concerned by this? 

My answer is “no.” My personal opinion is that this is just a matter of several prospects taking their time in making and announcing their decisions, and that in the coming days and weeks fans will see that the Lasch Bash was indeed a success. Please note that we are only including prospects here who are expected to make up their minds within the next month or so.

Here are a few examples:


North Carolina S/LB Brelin Faison-Walden actually started his visit Friday night and by all accounts enjoyed the trip. Shortly after camp, he set his decision date for Wednesday of this week. The buzz out of ACC country is that Penn State is in great shape here. 

Though some view Faison-Walden as a bit of a “tweener,” several extremely heavy hitters are after him. Other schools that have offered included Alabama, Georgia, Florida State, Clemson and Michigan. 

Loney’s Prediction: Penn State


Canadian Jonathan Sutherland is a four-star safety who is playing his high school ball in Virginia. He has been camping at Penn State since he was in eighth grade. So not surprisingly, after the Bash Saturday, he stuck around for camp Sunday, even though he only watched.

Outfitted in a Nittany Lion hat and hanging out with Miles Sanders and other PSU true freshmen, Sutherland looked right at home. During the camp, he texted Scout.com’s Michael Clark to say he had set an announce date of July 24 (this Sunday). He later told Clark Penn State, Syracuse, Boston College and Wisconsin are his four finalists.

Back in May, Sutherland did not even list PSU among his top six. But the Nittany Lions have clearly made up a lot of ground here, and now seem extremely well positioned to land the hard-hitting safety.

Loney’s Prediction: Penn State


Virginia OLB Brailyn Franklin is not overly talkative when it comes to his recruitment. But shortly after the Lasch Bash ended, he texted me to say he had set his decision date for Aug. 2.

"It was really good,” the three-star prospect added. “Overall a nice day in Happy Valley."

Before the visit Franklin had Penn State very high on his list because he had connected with the coaching staff, he loved the program’s commitment to academics and he felt at home in Happy Valley. None of that changed last weekend.

Loney’s Prediction: Penn State


Olalere Oladipo has not set a decision date but this is another player to watch closely. The three-star DE out of Illinois visited Happy Valley over the weekend specifically to see how he might fit in with the Nittany Lions. He said he heard all of the right things.

“All my questions and concerns were answered during the visit,” he said. “Everything at PSU is hard to argue against."

He added that the "Lasch Bash was awesome. I got a chance to see and tour the facilities, talk to the coaches, sit in the film room and watch highlights. I also played some games they had out for us, and I definitely enjoyed the food."

Penn State moved into his top five after the visit. Oladipo also visited Duke this week, and intends to make his college decision sometime in early August. 

Loney’s Prediction: Penn State


Cameron Sullivan-Brown has yet to set a decision date, but the three-star receiver out of Maryland has been high on Penn State for a long time. The Lasch Bash only solidified his thoughts on the Lions.

"No doubt, I really like Penn State,” he said. “I mean they're definitely one of my top schools in my recruitment."

Sullivan-Brown said the event visit was great and he had a chance to speak with the staff about the upcoming football season.

He would like to make a few more visits before making his decision, and mentioned West Virginia, Duke and Syracuse in that regard. For the time being, he plans to make an announcement some time in August.

Loney’s Prediction: Penn State


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