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Penn State "Mini Camp" Yields Big Results

A trio of underclass prospects received offers following the Nittany Lions' afternoon camp Friday.

Penn State held a “Mini Camp” in Holuba Hall Friday afternoon, in advance of the full-blown Elite 3 Camp to be held later in the day.

But there was nothing small about the results of the Mini Camp.

The campers for the event came almost entirely from St. Johns College High in Washington, D.C. And three of the youngsters walked away from the event with offers.

Here are our quick hitters.

• 2019 RB Keilan Robinson (shown above) entered the camp with offers from Michigan State, Maryland, North Carolina and Rutgers. He clearly wowed the Penn State staff, even though he had to depart a bit early.

Robinson looked super quick and blazed through a 40-yard dash in what seemed to be a very good time (we don’t have access to that info). He spent a good deal of time talking to PSU head coach James Franklin.

After his camp performance, Robinson received a PSU offer.

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• 2020 prospect Mekhail Sherman (above) is listed as a defensive end in our database. But he worked out at linebacker Friday and showed excellent quickness even for that position.

During running drills, he was always the first in his group to cross the line. He seemed to run an outstanding 40-yard dash.

After camp, PSU cornerbacks coach Terry Smith even put him through some coverage drills. For a 6-foot-2, 225-pounder, Sherman looked very impressive.

He also scored an offer after camp.

North Carolina and Maryland had previously offered. 

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• We did not know a whole lot about DB Quinten Johnson before camp. But like Robinson and Sherman, he appeared to be very fast. We’re guessing he is about 5-10, 190. It is probably a good sign a program is taking a hard look at you when the head coach is on hand to personally time your 40 — and Franklin did that for Johnson (see above).

Johnson looked good in coverage, too.

And Smith put him through some individual drills as camp was ending. His footwork was terrific.

Johnson was the third camper to get an offer. North Carolina and Virginia had previously offered.

• Virginia Tech 2018 DT commit Cam Goode was on hand but did not camp.

• WR Rakim Jarrett is another 2020 kid. He has offers from Virginia Tech and Maryland.

He has decent size (seems to be about 6-0, 180) and ran good routes. Good hands, too. Not sure he is the kind of kid PSU will offer this early. But keep an eye on him. Nice prospect.

• 2018 OL Josh Jefferson looks like he’ll be a good interior lineman in college. He’s not a high-major kid, though.

• 2018 DE Caleb Okechukwu has offers from Maryland and Arizona. At 6-4 and about 250, he is listed as a defensive end. But he sure looks like he has the sort of frame to be a DT at the next level. 

• A kid to keep an eye on that I’d never heard of before is 2019 prospect Brayden Bapst. He is every bit of 6-7, 245.

I thought we would see him with the O-linemen. But PSU ran him as a tight end. Not sure how fast he is. But he had good hands. 

• Penn State safety Ayron Monroe, a St. Johns grad, worked the camp.

• PSU Class of 2018 LB Jesse Luketa stopped by camp. He is expected to be at the Elite Camp Friday evening.

• Former Lion Joe Nastasi, who is now an assistant coach at State College Area High, was also in the house for a while.

• Former PSU O-lineman Mike Farrell, who is now an assistant strength coach at UCLA, was on hand for the start of camp, too.

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