PSU Pursuing N.J. FB

With nearly 30% of Penn State's Class of 2006 made up of prospects from the Garden State (Lou Eliades, Doug Klopacz, Cedric Jeffries and Brett Brackett), the Nittany Lions may not be done with New Jersey quite yet, as a new prospect emerges on the radar with a PSU offer and plans for a Happy Valley visit.

One of the best players in the New Jersey that you might not have heard of is Jack Corcoran. This hard-nose FB is atracting of attention and offers from some very notable programs.

There are always names of good prospects that appear late in the recruiting process. Jack Corcoran is one of those prospects that many fans of recruiting might not have heard of. For those who do not know, Jack Corcoran is a 6-foot-1, 225 pound fullback/linebacker with 4.59 speed in the forty yard dash, along with a 325 pound bench press and 550 pound squat.

As a senior, he ran for 925 yards and scored 29 TDs. From his LB position, he had 60 tackles, 1 fumble, and 1 INT for a TD. His accomplishments were recognized with him being named second team All-State and Atlantic City player of the year.

Corcoran states that his quickness and strength are his best attributes. His ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and dish out punishment to opposing defenders are some of his most favorite aspects of his game. When ask what player, college or pro, he is most similar to, Corcoran stated Brian Leonard. But he wears the number 7, while Leonard wears number 23.

Jack Corcoran reports offers from Rutgers, Penn State, Ohio, and Temple. At this point, he states that he is down to Rutgers and Penn State for his college destination.

On weekend of the December 16th, Corcoran took an official visit to Rutgers University. During his visit, Ryan Blaszczyk hosted him. Corcoran had an opportunity to tour the campus, meet with professors, and get a taste of the campus life. Among the things that impressed Corcoron was Head Coach Greg Schiano. Corcoran feels that he is a good leader, who has the program going in the right direction which is evident by Rutgers appearance in the Insight Bowl. All-in-all, Corcoran stated that he liked everything that he saw during the visit. He rated his visit a 8.5. The only down part of the visit was not having an opportunity to obtain a comprehensive feel for student life. This was due to the fact that many of the students were studying for final examinations.

On January 13th, he will visit Penn State. The Nittany Lions are strictly recruiting Corcoran as a fullback. He stated that he loves the tradition and the fact that they are again a national power with a number 3 ranking in the nation. The honor of playing for legendary coach Joe Paterno is another factor for him. Corcoran stated, "Penn State is Penn State, they are an established program with a great reputation."

Another school that has been involved with Corcoran is Tennessee. Although they have yet to offer him a scholarship, the Volunteers have asked him to take a visit in January where Corcoran anticipates a scholarship offer to be made. Currently, Corcoran is not planning to visit the school.

Corcoran states that Rutgers currently has the lead over Penn State. He believes that some thing special is happening at the state university of New Jersey. "They are now getting the right players into the program and they are going to surprised people." State pride is another reason for Rutgers' lead over Penn State along with the proximity to home.

Everyone can expect a decision after his visit to Penn State on January 13th.


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