Cory's Baltimore Breakdown

FightOnState.com recruiting analyst sizes up things from the Scout.com/Under Armour Combine Tuesday. See what was going on from a PSU perspective at the event.

The Scout.com/Under Armour combine in Baltimore, Md., was expected to be loaded with Penn State verbal commitments.

In the end, it didn't work out that way, as defensive backs Malcolm Willis and Darrell Givens were not able to attend and wide receiver Brandon Felder was stuck in traffic.

Penn State still ended up with three commitments on hand in DB Stephon Morris, athlete Derrick Thomas and DE Sean Stanley. Stanley carried the Lions' share of the physical performance in drills Tuesday.

Morris injured his hamstring doing squats after running hills during a workout, therefore he did not compete at all. So we have him a video camera and he spent part of the afternoon conducting interviews for FOS. Thomas participated in a few events, but his coach advised him not to do too much so he reluctantly backed off his participation.

Morris and Thomas' friend, wide receiver Devon Smith from Westlake, participated and he was impressive, which he always seems to be in a combine setting.

Smith ran a pair of sub 4.4 40-yard dashes prior to torching the field in the one-on-one portion of the combine. Smith started things off with a bang by blowing by his first assignment on a fly pattern and making a diving catch. He showed a little swagger by dropping the ball on the corner, who was lying on the ground, after the catch. Smith also alternated just about every three or four reps at the wide receiver position, as quarterbacks duked it out to see who could throw to the speedster. Smith stated that that he has one offer (from Akron) and is expecting an offer from Penn State sometime this summer after he gets his SAT scores back.

I guess you could call it a verbal offer from Penn State at this point. From talking with Smith, you could say that when the Lion coaches put it in writing, they will get a verbal commitment.

New Jersey prospect Tyrone Johnson (a 2011 prospect) looked like the best quarterback out there, even as young as he was. Johnson is a big kid who is very smooth in his motions from the quarterback position and has a nice, quick flick-of-the-wrist throwing motion that just shoots out spirals like a JUGS machine. I can see the comparisons to Terrelle Pryor coming, but the truth is that Johnson throws a better ball already than Pryor did through his high school days.

Stanley impressed with his physique alone at the combine. I do wonder what Stanley measured in at as I don't think he was quite as tall as the reported 6-foot-2. Seeing Stanley in person, I envision defensive tackle in his future. But his experience at defensive end should help his quickness on the interior in college. I missed out on the one-on-ones for the linemen, so I can't really comment on how things went for Stanley in the trenches.

The other Penn State verbals, Thomas and Morris, spent most of their day doing my job, interviewing recruits. Morris gave it a little twist as he was encouraging anyone that would listen to join him at Penn State. I think we found Morris' major at Penn State.

New Jersey wide receiver Tyree Watkins performed very well in the one-on-one portion of the event as he displayed outstanding hands and a smooth, gliding stride as he ran his routes. Watkins is not a big talker, but his game talks plenty big enough for him. Watkins holds an offer from Penn State as well.

All in all, the Baltimore combine did have a lot of Penn State flavor with Morris and Thomas on the prowl talking to everyone. The on-the-field performances were the only thing missing.


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