Penn State continues to make recruiting inroads, freshman guard Nazeer Bostick injures hand and more
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Another big recruiting week for Penn State opened with an offer Monday to one player from DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Md., and a visit by another.
Lions247 reported the offer to 2019 wide receiver DeMarcco Hellams, adding that he visited PSU last September and also has offers from Clemson, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
Scout.com’s Brian Dohn wrote about the visit by 2018 prospect John Morgan, a 3-star defensive end who has been offered not only by the Nittany Lions but Maryland, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Syracuse and Pitt.
Morgan told Dohn he had a “great” visit and added that he chose to come up on a weekday for a reason:
“Not coming on a junior day or for an event, seeing how the campus flowed, and how the guys came in and got their workouts done and went to class, it was a perfect picture for me. (The trip) was to see the campus, see how everything works out throughout the day, and become more familiar with the academic staff and become more familiar with the coaches on a day where they’re not usually looking for recruits to come up.”
All of this serves as preamble for a weekend that will include visits by five prospects, according to Pennlive.com’s Greg Pickel. Four of them are targets for the 2018 recruiting cycle — Nana Aseidu, a 4-star offensive tackle from North Stafford, Va.; Dorian Hardy, a 4-start defensive end from Montvale, N.J.; Tyler Friday, a 4-star defensive tackle from Ramsey, N.J.; and Jasiah Provillon, a 3-star athlete from Irvington, N.J.
Also scheduled to visit is 2019 recruit Jacob Lacey, a defensive tackle from Bowling Green, Ky.
One other note from the recruiting trail: 2018 quarterback commit Justin Fields, who starred over the weekend at The Opening regional in Orlando, tweeted out Monday that he had earned a rating of 120.03 from Nike, which sponsors the event. That is among the best in the nation.
There is always room for improvement…The grind continues ? pic.twitter.com/fRXtI8L2vl
— Justin Fields (@justnfields) February 20, 2017
Fields had previously been rated the nation’s top dual-threat quarterback in his class by ESPN, and the second overall QB. He told SEC Country’s Zach Abolverdi he is “100 percent” committed to Penn State. He also has interest in Florida, however, and vice versa.
PSU assistant Joe Moorhead was honored Monday as 247Sports’ Offensive Coordinator of the Year, after a season in which the Lions showed marked improvement on that side of the ball.
Penn State was 21st in the FBS in scoring (37.6 points per game) after finishing 101st under John Donovan, the previous coordinator, in 2015 (23.2).
The Lions were 36th in passing yardage (260.7) after placing 74th the year before (214.5), 49th in total yardage (432.9) after finishing 105th (348.6) and 66th in rushing yardage (171.9) after placing 105th (134.2) in 2015.
Quarterback Trace McSorley led the nation in yards per completion (16.13) and threw for 3,614 yards and 29 touchdowns in all. He was intercepted eight times.
Running back Saquon Barkley also rushed for 1,496 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also caught 28 passes for 402 yards and four scores.
The PSU men’s basketball team will be without freshman guard Nazeer Bostick for 2-to-4 weeks because of a broken right hand. Coach Pat Chambers said Bostick suffered the injury in practice over the weekend, according to the Daily Collegian.
Bostick is one of three Lions freshmen from Philadelphia’s Roman Catholic High School. The other two, point guard Tony Carr and forward Lamar Stevens, have been season-long starters. Bostick is averaging 1.3 points and 6.7 minutes while appearing in 18 games but has seen increased playing time in recent weeks.
The Lions (14-13) visit Purdue on Tuesday, the first of four remaining regular-season games. The earliest Bostick could conceivably return is for the March 5 finale at Iowa.
Also in the Land of 10
- The Ohio State women’s basketball team upsets No. 2 Maryland to move into a tie for the Big Ten lead
- Michigan will reportedly hire former Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks coach Scott Turner as an offensive analyst
- Wisconsin reportedly gets verbal commitments from outside linebacker Mason Platter, inside linebacker C.J. Goetz and defensive end Boyd Dietzen