May 6, 2011
Lions continue aggressive tactics
With 68 verbal offers and counting, the Penn State coaching staff is showing no signs of slowing down their aggressive pace.
Since the spring evaluation period began on April 18, the Nittany Lions have offered six additional prospects, the most recent being Cleveland (Ohio) Cleveland Heights OL Kyle Dodson.
The 6-foot-6, 330 pound prospect is arguably one of the Ohio's fastest risers, earning 14 verbal offers so far, including Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska and Wisconsin. He's yet to earn an offer from Ohio State, but the Buckeyes are showing serious interest.
Penn State has also offered another big man, Lake Forest (Ill.) defensive end Faith Ekaktie. The 6-foot-2, 255 prospect is listed as a strongside defensive end, but Penn State see's him as a 3-technique defensive tackle.
Nittany Lion assistant coach Larry Johnson visited Lake Forest H.S. just last week, where he expressed that the coaching staff was very impressed with what they saw on film. No word on when Ekakitie may make a trip to Happy Valley, but it's believed that he has serious interest in the Nittany Lions.
With defensive back being arguably the team's biggest need in the Class of 2012, it's no surprise that the coaching staff verbally offered both C.J. Prosise, of Woodberry Forest, Va. and Kyle Fleetwood, from Stone Mountain, Ga.
Prosise is arguably Virginia's No. 1 safety prospect. He's got all the physical tools, 6-foot-1, 218 pounds, but Penn State may be a bit behind the eight ball, as he's already named a tentative top three of Virginia Tech, Virginia and Vanderbilt.
As for Fleetwood, BWI believes he may have the total package. Not only is he a tremendous athlete that has been relatively under-recruited so far, but he's also an exceptional student, sporting a GPA above a 3.0. In fact, he just recently passed the Georgia high school graduation test, meaning he'll take all AP level courses throughout his senior year.
"Academics will definitely play an important part in my decision as well," Fleetwood told BWI in a recent interview. "I want to go to a good school. Most importantly, college is about education, so I want to make sure I graduate with a good education and go to a school that's going to help me and guide me throughout my career."
Finally, Penn State has also become extremely active in the Memphis, Tennessee area, verbally offering both RB Jovon Robinson and athlete Jaylen Walton.
Walton is a Devon Smith type athlete, with running back instincts. His vision and speed could land him at a host of positions, but his 5-foot-8, 168 pound frame will restrict him. After speaking him Walton's father earlier this week, BWI knows there is legitimate interest in Penn State, but whether he'll visit Happy Valley this summer or fall remains to be seen.
Robinson is one of the top five running backs in SEC country, according to the G&W recruiting report. He's already accepted a bid to play in the U.S. Army All-American Game and it's believed that he holds ten verbal offers.
Blue White Illustrated will have complete coverage of the spring evaluation period and any verbal offers that are tenured from now until May 27. You can also expect a complete offers board update early next week.
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