PSU All-Star Reports

The Nittany Lions have a variety commitments and prospects at the three high school all-star games which are in the thick of practice currently. Among the players of PSU interest who are currently practicing are Mike Yancich, Michael Mauti, Terrelle Pryor, Matt Stankiewitch, Deion Walker and Brandon Beachum, among others. Get progress reports on them here.

U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Saturday, January 5, 1 p.m. ET, NBC - San Antonio, Tx.

Michael Mauti: Mauti has received impressive reviews as he prepares with the west squad. Mauti has consistently shown quickness, aggressiveness and excelled against the run. As Scout said, "On any other day, any other practice, any other place, Mauti is the MVP for the squad. However he had to take a back seat to Katoa. Wherever Katoa shined Mauti did also, in the individual drills, in the run drills and even in the passing drills he looked good."

Kenny Tate: Initially Tate looked very good in practice, but reportedly had a "relapsed" on day two drills. As Scout reported, "Out of the receiver group he would rank towards the bottom of today's practice session." Tate has struggled with consistency and "seemed to have a case of the dropsies and didn't look sharp at all."

Terrelle Pryor: The reviews out of practice on Pryor have been mixed. According to Scout observers, "He will not wow a lot of people that are watching him initially with his passing, but he was much more consistent today and had some opportunities to show what he could do on the ground." As the practices have progressed so has Pryor's performance. According to Scout, Pryor "showed great touch and accuracy on his deep passes while throwing into the wind. Pryor had the chance to run in practice and began to showcase the skills that make him the nation's No. 1 quarterback."

Under Armour High School All-America Game

Saturday, January 5, 2 p.m. ET, ABC - Orlando, Fl.

Matt Stankiewitch: The PSU commitment is playing on the Silver Team's offensive line. Although he has seen reps at both guard positions, Stankiewitch looks to be penciled in left guard in practice. He has "looked good" in drills with his blocks and has shown some consistency with his pass protection.

Deion Walker: Playing wideout for the Silver Team, Walker was inconsistent in the first practice session, showing some "flashes," but made "some super catches" according to Scout observers in the subsequent practice sessions. Walker reportedly sustained and MCL sprain in drills, so it should be interesting to see how much action he is able to see.

Offense-Defense All-American Bowl

Friday, January 4, 8 p.m. ET, Fox College Sports - Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.

Michael Zordich: Zordich has been consistent at the linebacker position. As the Scout observers report, Zordich "has given maximum effort in every activity this morning. Mike is a little more compact than expected, but he seems to diagnosis plays well and explode to the ball."

Mike Yancich: The reports on Yancich have been impressive. According to Scout, Yancich "has really stood out in the early going. Yancich has shown great agility in all of the drills and has aleready become a vocal leader. You can tell he wants everyone to do well and he works to ensure he can help players get into the proper alignment when necessary."

Michael Shaw: Shaw is said to be "as shifty as the day is long. He knows how to make tacklers miss, even in tight spaces. Shaw is one to watch this week. He has a chance to really make a move."

Brandon Beachum: Beachum is listed as a linebacker on the roster, but Scout observers indicate he could see some reps in the offensive backfield with Shaw, saying, "he may be the best all-around back" on the squad.

Stay tuned to for continuing coverage of all three high school all-star bowl games.


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