Pivotal Recruiting Weekend on Tap

Last year's wild atmosphere for the Ohio State game was a pivotal point for PSU's Class of 2006, leading to commitments from the likes of Aaron Maybin, Jared Odrick, A.J. Wallace and Antonio Logan-El, among others. The Nittany Lions look to make this Saturday's clash with Michigan a pivotal point for the Class of 2007. See the prospects expected to be there.

This time last year during the prime-time win over Ohio State, Penn State made a statement to the college football world, but perhaps more importantly it made a statement to the prospects who would become the future of Nittany Lion football. At that game 10 prospects who would eventually sign with Penn State's Class of 2006 saw what Nittany Lion football was all about.

One of the biggest impacts on the prospects was the crowd. As Jared Odrick told FOS after that game, "It was the most ridiculous thing. Coach [Mike] McQueary took me, [Penn State verbal commitment Tom] McEowen, Antonio Logan-El and Aaron Maybin over to the student section when they were waiting to get in. He took us to the balcony and the whole student section all looked up and yelled all our names and yelled that they wanted us to come to Penn State."

A.J. Wallace who was not even seriously considering PSU before the visit said, "The atmosphere was real crazy, those fans were hyped. The most impressive thing I saw was how the freshmen are making an impact there, that's a big factor for me."

Both of those players have seen significant time as true freshmen this season.

This time around the Penn State coaches are adopting the same approach, looking for the primetime atmosphere of Beaver Stadium to sell the prospects on what they can be part of in coming years.

There are several prospects expected to make the trip this weekend, including prospects and commitments. Among the undecided prospects are:

A.J. Alexander (Jr.)
Devonte Campbell
Derrick Morgan
Derek Moye
Richard Muldrow
Tydreke Powell
Devon Still
Trinton Sturdivant
Maurice Williams
Stefan Wisniewski

Weslye Saunders was intitially expected to make the trip, but cannot given that he does not have an SAT score yet, per NCAA rules. Donald Langley was also originally expected to make the trip, but will be at Oklahoma this weekend. However, he indicates that he expects to visit PSU at a later date.

Also it has been rumored that Kenny Tate would make the trip, however that is false - Tate told us that he would like to take some visits this year, but his football schedule typically does not allow it.

As for the commitments to PSU Class of 2007, there are several who are slated to be in attendance, including:

Quinn Barham
Ryan Breen
Andrew Dailey
Jon Ditto
Kevion Latham
Josh Marks
Chaz Powell
Nathan Stupar
Nick Sukay
Andrew Szczerba

One of the mysteries around the visit list is star running back Broderick Green. Green will not be visiting PSU this week, although he told Scout on Wednesday that he will "probably visit Penn State" sitll, but did not provide details of when that visit may occur.

Stay tuned to FOS for more updates.


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