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Quarterback Trace McSorley arrived in James Franklin's first recruiting class, in 2014.

Penn State awaiting word on Ellis Brooks, Tariq Castro-Fields; Caleb Livingston headlines latest wrestling victory and more

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Fingers crossed in Happy Valley

All eyes at Penn State are on Ellis Brooks and Tariq Castro-Fields.

Brooks, a 4-star linebacker from Richmond, Va., made an official visit to PSU over the weekend and tweeted the following:

Signing him would represent be a nice recovery for the Lions, after another linebacker, Dylan Rivers, de-committed from the Lions last week in favor of Virginia Tech.

Maryland is judged to be the leader for Brooks’ services, according to Scout.com.

Castro-Fields, a 4-star cornerback from Upper Marlboro, Md., postponed his announcement from last Monday until National Signing Day on Wednesday.

The Lions were originally thought to be the favorites for Castro-Fields, but Alabama and Maryland remain in the picture, according to Scout.com.

Meanwhile, Mike Poorman of Statecollege.com crunched the numbers on James Franklin’s recruiting since he came aboard in January 2014, not long before signing day. Included the 18 commits he has so far this year, Franklin has doled out 88 scholarships by Poorman’s count, not including those he has given to former walk-ons and the like.

After Wednesday, Franklin will have given the most to defensive linemen (18), followed by defensive backs (17) and offensive linemen (16).

Most of his recruits – 52 – will have been given 3 stars by Rivals.com, according to Poorman. There will be 32 4-star recruits and one who has earned 5 stars – cornerback Lamont Wade, an early enrollee this year.


Mr. Livingston, I presume

PSU senior Caleb Livingston made his first appearance in a home dual meet Sunday, pinning Northwestern’s Anthony Petrone in their 165-pound bout to highlight the top-ranked Nittany Lions’ 45-3 rout of the Wildcats in Rec Hall.

Livingston earned the Ridge Riley Award, which is given to the dual meet’s outstanding wrestler, and it was presented by Bill Vollrath and his family. Bill’s son James, a former Lions wrestler, died in December from a rare form of cancer.

That had great meaning for Livingston, who told Pennlive.com’s Jim Carlson that the younger Vollrath had been “a good friend … and a wrestling partner.” Livingston also noted that in his last match in Rec Hall three years ago, James Vollrath won by pin against Northwestern.

As he told Carlson:

“It really meant a lot to me that we had very similar circumstances and I was able to win the award.”

Sunday’s victory came on the heels of a 33-11 defeat of Wisconsin Friday in Madison, Wis., a meet that included the first career victory for highly-touted freshman Mark Hall.

The Lions (10-0) continue their season Friday at Ohio State.


Sierra’s club

Senior Sierra Moore scored 19 points off the bench as the Penn State women’s basketball team beat Illinois 82-66 on Sunday in the Jordan Center.

And to hear coach Coquese Washington tell it, it’s not the first time Moore has awakened her team. Per the Daily Collegian:

“Sierra’s like the energizer bunny of the team. She doesn’t know how to go half-speed, she doesn’t know how to turn it off, and that’s a great thing for us. She’s getting out and being aggressive and getting rebounds.”

Kaliyah Page added 16 points for the Lady Lions (14-7, 4-5 Big Ten), who improved to 11-1 at home. She also grabbed six rebounds to increase her career total to 621, 21st on the school’s all-time list.

Sophomore guard Teniya Page had 12 points and six assists, surpassing the 200-assist mark in her career.

PSU next faces Ohio State on the road Wednesday.


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