Evaluating Penn State recruiting after evaluation period, Chris Godwin impressing and more
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Steady progress on the recruiting front
The spring evaluation period ended for college football recruiters Wednesday at midnight, and Pennlive.com’s Greg Pickel gave his own, well, evaluation of all that Penn State has accomplished over the last six weeks.
The Lions currently have 13 commits in the Class of 2018, which ranks behind only Miami nationally, according to 247Sports.
Pickel notes that the class has more of a national flavor than might be expected, but adds a cautionary note about the potential for defections – particularly in the case of Justin Fields, the 5-star quarterback from Kennesaw, Ga.
Offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead and receivers coach Josh Gattis visited with Fields this spring, Pickel writes, but other schools surely will make a big push for him in the months ahead.
One player who is solidly aboard is Bryce Effner, a 3-star offensive tackle from Aurora, Ill., who committed on May 6. The timing was a bit of a surprise, but as Effner wrote in a note to Pennlive:
“Penn State just has an amazing staff that I felt comfortable around, and why wait when you know you found the right school?”
Pickel also writes that Penn State appears to be the favorite to add Jahan Dotson, a 4-star wide receiver from Hightstown, N.J., and that a decision might come soon. Ohio State and Michigan are still in the picture, however.
Chris Godwin continues to impress
Former Penn State wide receiver Chris Godwin is “off to a fast start” with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in organized team activities, coach Dirk Koetter told USA Today on Sunday.
Godwin was a third-round pick of the Bucs in the NFL draft in April, and he joins fellow draftee O.J. Howard, free agent signee DeSean Jackson and holdover Mike Evans to give Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston several inviting targets.
The Bucs tweeted video of Godwin making a big play during Wednesday’s drills.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) May 31, 2017
The Land of 10’s Kevin Cunningham took note of Penn State’s announcement Wednesday that Lions running back Saquon Barkley will appear at some point this fall on ESPN’s Sport Science.
Some of Barkley’s teammates noticed as well.
And the force of Saquon Barkley's foot as it hits the ground to hurdle a defender is comparable to a 🚀 taking off 😂😂😂 big ups to bro!! https://t.co/4vQ6I6umJT
— Jason Cabinda (@jasoncabinda) June 1, 2017
Can't put science to a freak shordy https://t.co/Hn3hoCTBfT
— DaeSean Hamilton (@SkeeterMills__) June 1, 2017
THATS MY BRUVA !!! 🤣💯💪🏽💪🏽 https://t.co/CpEXeBbURE
— Marcus Allen (@Chico_Hndrxx) June 1, 2017
Wrestling team adds Corey Keener
Wrestler Corey Keener, a three-time NCAA qualifier at Central Michigan, announced Wednesday via Twitter he is taking the graduate transfer route to Penn State.
Roar Lions Roar reports that Keener, 60-42 at 133 pounds at Central Michigan, might fill that spot in the lineup next winter for the Lions. Jered Cortez wrestled at that weight this last season, but he might move up to 141.
RLR also notes that Keener was a four-time District 11 champion at Blue Mountain High School in Schuylkill Haven, Pa.