Dorian Hardy (photo by Brian Dohn) gives you an update on the most recent Penn State football recruiting news. keeps you up to date with the latest recruiting news and notes on Penn State football.


Over the past couple of weekends, a great number of Penn State recruits (targets and commits) have attended the Nike Football Regional Camps in D.C. and New Jersey. Several of the Nittany Lions' top targets spoke with Scout National Analyst Brian Dohn and Scout Regional Analyst Michael Clark about Penn State. We've listed some of the top targets below with their thoughts on Penn State.

Shaquon Anderson-Butts speaking to FOS editor Mark Brennan about Penn State:

“They’re up there,” he said. “I like them a lot. They’re one of my top schools.”

Jahan Dotson speaking to Scout National Analyst Brian Dohn about his relationship with Penn State:

"Basically, it's staying home," Dotson said. "I'm building relationships with a lot of the coaches. I have a great relationship with (receivers) coach (Josh) Gattis, and basically staying home is the biggest thing. It's close to home. I know a lot of people that go there, so that's big for me."

Dotson also told Dohn that Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan are in his top three.

Devyn Ford talks to Scout Regional Analyst Michael Clark about his latest visit to Penn State (Apr. 22):

"It was my second time visiting and it was pretty good," Ford said. "My favorite part was seeing the fans. It was amazing how many people came out to see the spring game. We also ate some good food. My teammate Nana Asiedu committed on the trip, so that was cool, and I'm happy for him. I'll definitely visit again.

"I had a chance to talk to (running backs) coach (Charles) Huff and coach (James) Franklin. I was able to sit down with coach Franklin one-on-one and that meant a lot. He emphasized that I'm a priority and that I belong at Penn State. I like his personality."

Daniel George speaking to Michael Clark about why Penn State stands out to him:

"Coach Gattis and I really hit it off when we first started communicating, and our bond has just gotten better and better over time," he said. "I've had a couple of talks with coach (James) Franklin, so I know if I go there, I'm set. There is nothing I really have to worry about. When I took my visit, it really felt like home. It felt good."

Dorian Hardy speaking to Brian Dohn about Penn State being one of the schools that stand out to him:

"I love everything about Penn State," Hardy said. "Coach (James) Franklin to (defensive line) coach (Sean) Spencer to (assistant) coach (Ricky) Rahne, who is my recruiter, (defensive coordinator) coach (Brent) Pry, the campus ...I love everything about Penn State.

"(Spencer), it's his energy. I'm the type of player who feeds off a coach's energy, and coach Spencer is energetic and he's always ready to do something with the Wild Dogs. That's what he calls his d-line. That's a really great look."

John Morgan speaking to Brian Dohn about the schools that stand out the most:

"Pittsburgh, the University of MarylandVirginia TechPenn State and Rutgers right now," Morgan said. "I'm planning on dropping (a top list) at the end of May. The evaluation period is just starting so I want to see what schools roll in and what schools offer, and probably make my decision in late June."

P.J. Mustipher talks to Brian Dohn about his relationship with the Penn State coaching staff and hist latest visit to the campus:

"We had dinner and breakfast with the whole coaching staff," he said. "They treated my family like royalty.  It wasn't just spending time with them at dinner or breakfast, it was the whole feel of it, and there was definitely a family vibe. I could see myself playing there."

Penn State defensive line coach Sean Spencer is a big factor in Mustipher's recruitment, and seeing him in action was important.

"Defensively, I see dogs, everybody just running to the ball," Mustipher said. "It was good going to practice and seeing (safety) Marcus Allen is there and always talking and getting those guys riled up. Coach Spence Chaos, I've got a great relationship with him. They always say don't build relationships with coaches, but Penn State was on my first offers."


Tyreke Smith, Scout's No. 10 ranked defensive end, released his list of top schools.


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