The wide receivers on hand were impressive as throughout the day at the event. Gateway wide receiver/cornerback Corey Brown seems to have improved a great deal from where he was at last year's PSU Nike Camp. Brown was much more fluid and able to create separation as well as making some acrobatic catches. He also flipped over to cornerback in the one-on-ones and won more than his fair share of battles. I think Brown's future is at cornerback, however, he has more work to do at that position than he does at wide receiver in my opinion.
Tennessee commit Je'Ron Stokes was on hand, but he did not work out due to a groin injury. Stokes was definitely networking a bit with some recruits. He assisted in all of the wide receiver drills and was one of the more talkative recruits out there.
Malik Generette was able to make some plays as well throughout the day. Generette didn't show a lot of quicks, but he was able to use his long stride to make some separation and he showed excellent hands.
State College's Alex Kenney was on hand and he reminds me so much of A.J. Alexander it is scary. Kenney has excellent speed showed some great hands, but he did look a bit raw in his route running. He'll only be a junior this year, so he has time to improve.
Jaleel Clark is a big kid and he was blowing corners away getting off the line of scrimmage. He used his hands very effectively in this regard. The downside to Clark was his top end speed, it seemed that corners were able to recover and catch up with him. However, Clark was still able to win nearly all of his one-on-one battles as he reminds me a bit of Terrell Golden, who, coincidentally, was one of the wide receiver coaches on hand.
Travis Hawkins was another guy who ran both wide receiver and cornerback reps. Hawkins displayed ability to play at the collegiate level in both positions in my opinion. He was able to beat Corey Brown on a post route that he ran to perfection. Hawkins really looked good in his route running, which was a pleasant surprise. Hawkins was also able to shut down most of the guys going at him as a corner, including jumping a post for a nice interception.
Hawkins told me after the camp that Penn State is recruiting him to fill the "R" position that Derrick Williams currently occupies. Hawkins will be a January enrollee wherever he ends up, so his decision will likely come sooner rather than later. Hawkins has one last trip to Ohio State coming up in June and then the narrowing process should begin.
Justin Brown looked outstanding to me on Saturday. Brown showed great speed, ran great routes and caught nearly everything thrown his way. Brown also has that great size Penn State would love to have. He will be a guy that Penn State will be coveting throughout the process.
Craig (C.J.) Crawford worked out at wide receiver all day, as well. To be honest, he was not that impressive. Crawford had several drops throughout the day and his route running was not great. However, this was the first time Crawford had run routes in several years -- he plays quarterback at his high school -- so he couldn't have expected great things. Crawford did show some outstanding athleticism and he was a lot bigger than I originally had thought.
Devon Smith, the small-in-stature speedster from Eleanor Roosevelt in Maryland, again looked unstoppable as a slot receier. No one could handle Smith in his routes and he caught everything. He reminded me a lot of Cameron Saddler last year at the PSU Nike Camp. Ultimately, someone will get an excellent slot receiver out of him.