Lions Join Rush for Neely

Fans probably noticed his name when we unveiled the Pennsylvania Top 50 on FightOnState.com in May. But they may not have known much about the standout from the eastern part of the state. Today we introduce you to Colin Neely.

It is apparent that the Penn State staff wants to bring a player or two in who fit the mold of an edge-rushing linebacker who could play rush end if needed. The Nittany Lions are very high on Carteret (N.J.) defensive end Jason Adjepong. Now we learn that they have offered another similar player from the “Keystone State,” Bethlehem Freedom linebacker Colin Neely (6-foot-2, 245 pounds, 4.8).

“Penn State offered me back in late April, before the Elite College Combine,” Neely said. “It’s the home school, and its not real far from home.”

Neely is being recruited by Mike McQueary and plans on visiting the Nittany Lions soon.

“I was going to go there over the holiday weekend, but they told me to come up any time this summer,” Neely said.

Penn State is not alone in its pursuit of Neely. He has received offers from Michigan State, Boston College, West Virginia, Akron and Rutgers. He has taken unofficial visits to Virginia, Boston College and Syracuse.

Virginia: “I was there twice and it blew me away both times. It’s a beautiful place.”

Boston College: “I liked it and it’s in the city. It’s real nice.”

Syracuse: “I thought it was great. I was there for a basketball game and the fans were great.”

In 2004, Neely earned first-team All-Conference honors after he finished his junior campaign with 60 tackles, 10 sacks, 20 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles.

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