Big Recruiting Weekend for Lions

This recruiting season has been a significant one for the Nittany Lion football staff, assembling a class that could be the fastest ever seen at Penn State. The Lions are looking to bolster the Class of 2005 strong with a big recruiting push this weekend.

So far, the Lions' recruiting class has surpassed the expectations of most Penn State fans, boasting an impressive amount of speed at various skill positions and featuring two top-10 nationally ranked prospects with Derrick Williams and Justin King.

This weekend, King will be in San Antonio playing in the secondary for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl's East Squad. King, along with his stepfather, Terry Smith, who is coaching the East squad, has reportedly been trying to work his magic on a variety of recruits preparing for the All-Star game, which will be televised on NBC tomorrow at 1 pm ET. Among the recruits he has been pursuing in the Lone Star State are Brian Cushing, Reggie Smith, and Melvin Alaeze.

Originally invited to the U.S. Army Bowl, Derrick Williams opted to not participate, reportedly for a variety of reasons, including the opportunity to get a jumpstart on his academics. This decision may turn out to be a brilliant strategic move for the Nittany Lions, since Derrick, now a freshman who started classes this week, will be in Happy Valley to show the prospects why he chose PSU and what he believes the future holds for the Blue and White.

Among the recruits who will be visiting this weekend are several current commitments to Penn State, including:

Sean Lee, 6'3", 215 lb., 4.60/40, LB/S, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Kevin Kelly, 5'8", 175 lb., K, Langhorne, Pa.
Steve Quinn, 6'3", 215 lb., 4.62/40, LB, Philadelphia, Pa.
Knowledge Timmons, 5'10", 175 lb., 4.30/40, CB, York, Pa.

These commitments are reportedly not the only prospects making their way to University Park this weekend. Several prospects that are at the top of Penn State's recruiting wish list will also be making the trip to meet with the staff and players to determine if Penn State is the right choice for them. Among these prospects are:

Jared Gaither, 6'8", 330 lb., OL, Greenbelt, Md.
Walker Ashley, 6'5", 285 lb., 4.85/40, DL, Eden Prairie, Minn.
J.R. Hasty, 5'11", 200 lbs., 4.50/40, RB, Bellevue, Wash.
Matt Lowry, 6'6", 305 lb., 5.40/40, OL, Springfield, Pa.
Mickey Shuler, 6'4", 190 lb., TE/WR, Enola, Pa.
Chris Baker, 6'4", 295 lb., DL, Windsor, Conn.

What is interesting about many of these prospects are the ties they have to the program. The fathers of Walker Ashley and Mickey Shuler both had great careers on the gridiron for PSU. Also, Jared Gaither goes to school with Derrick Williams.

It should be a big weekend for the Lions to see if the football staff can bolster a great class in outstanding fashion.

Stay tuned to see how the story of this recruiting season ends.

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