Penn State freshman forced to retire from football; Nittany Lions recruits at The Opening
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Nana Asiedu never played a down for Penn State. The Class of 2018 prospect won’t have the chance to do so, either.
Asiedu announced late Wednesday that he was forced to retire from football because of a heart ailment. Pennlive.com’s Greg Pickel writes that the school, via a statement, will honor his scholarship.
Team Elite at The Opening this weekend in Frisco, Texas, will feature four Penn State commitments — Devyn Ford, Brandon Smith, Caedan Wallace and Hakeem Beamon.
StateCollege.com’s Ben Jones writes that the four may spend some time this weekend talking to other highly ranked recruits about possibly joining them in Happy Valley.
Third for now
As publications continue to roll out their preseason predictions, the consensus seems to be right now, before a fall practice starts, that the Nittany Lions are the third best option in the Big Ten.
That’s how the Detroit Free Press’ Orion Sang sees things right now. Sang has Ohio State in the top spot and Wisconsin just behind the Buckeyes. Penn State gets both opponents at home this season.
A lot of the attention will go to Juwan Johnson this season, but Penn State has a couple of other targets for quarterback Trace McSorley to find, and one just might be the key to the Nittany Lions success.
Victory Bell Rings’ Barry Leonard Jr. writes that wide receiver Brandon Polk, could be the X-factor for the offense this season.
Let ’em know
The summer session at Penn State is in full swing and plenty of freshmen have been letting the world know via social media that they are there.
Penn State football coach James Franklin is letting you know they are there, too. OnwardState’s Mikey Mandarino writes that the newbies are making sure their coach knows they are there as well.
One last note
Good morning, and sadly, goodbye. This is it for the We Are Awake morning blog and this weekend is it for Land of 10 itself. A thank you to the readers for surfing over here every morning in your internet travels. Enjoy the 2018 college football season and beyond.
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