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Top overall recruit Bryan Bresee schedules return to Penn State
Bryan Bresee established plans to attend an SEC spring game this Saturday a while ago. The lauded defensive lineman has added another dynamic to that travel itinerary — a return trip to Penn State.
Bresee told Land of 10 on Tuesday night he will head to Happy Valley on Friday before moving forward with a scheduled visit to Georgia on Saturday, when the Bulldogs’ spring game takes place. A whirlwind weekend awaits the No. 1 overall prospect in the 247Sports 2020 rankings.
When Land of 10 caught up with Bresee on April 8 at The Opening’s Northeast regional camp, he remained unsure about upcoming college visits aside from spending Saturday in Athens, Ga. However, he noted State College was an impending destination.
“I’ll definitely be back soon. … I like Penn State a lot,” Bresee said.
The Damascus (Md.) High School sophomore most recently journeyed to Happy Valley for Penn State’s 2017 victory over Michigan. He initially hoped to return earlier this month but a family vacation altered those plans.
Bresee, who is nearly 6-foot-6, 290 pounds, landed a Nittany Lions scholarship offer in February 2017, midway through his freshman year. He continues to solidify his status among America’s premier prep prospects, and doesn’t seem to be impacted by the pressures that accompany a top overall ranking.
“He was a rep monster and a really energetic kid, getting everybody fired up for drills,” said Ronny Torres, who coaches linemen on The Opening camp circuit. “That’s impressive stuff when you’re talking about a younger guy.”
Bresee, who carries dozens of offers midway through his high school career, told Land of 10 he expects to be active on the recruiting trail leading into his junior season.
“I’m going on a bunch of visits this summer but haven’t really decided [where] yet,” he said. “We’ll go see a bunch of schools and start narrowing it down.”
His presence at Penn State on Friday further reinforces this will be a monster recruiting weekend for James Franklin’s staff. When focused on 2020 prospects alone, the Nittany Lions are set to host Bresee and in-state receiver Julian Fleming, who is listed No. 2 in class rankings.
OL Saleem Wormley says Lions lead heading into spring game visit
Things seem to be heating up between Penn State and top-ranked Delaware recruit Saleem Wormley. The 6-3, 318-pound offensive lineman received a Nittany Lions offer last month while on campus, returned to State College last weekend and will be in town again for Blue-White festivities.
He confirmed plans with Land of 10 on Wednesday morning. Then, when asked where Penn State stands in his recruitment, Wormley stated the Nittany Lions are “at the top.”
Considered the No. 14 guard prospect in the 247Sports 2019 rankings, he earned offensive line MVP honors at The Opening’s Northeast regional camp.
“Saleem is definitely a guy who excites you watching tape,” Torres said. “Obviously he did everything that we thought he would. During 1-on-1s, Saleem had a few ‘ooh and aah’ moments when he stonewalled guys at the line and was able to do good things against some of the better defensive linemen he went up against.”
While Wormley is projected to play inside at the next level, Torres added he may have the range to handle tackle duties if called upon in that role. Frequent trips to State College during a short span indicate Wormley could be closing in on a commitment, but he told Land of 10 a college decision isn’t imminent.
His offer sheet features Florida State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and West Virginia, among several other schools.
— W O R M L E Y ZZZZ (@SaleemWormley) April 14, 2018
Longtime Penn State LB target Shane Lee commits to Alabama
There’s been a bit of a commitment spree during recent days, impacting Penn State’s potential plans for the 2019 class. Linebacker is the latest position impacted, as Baltimore prospect Shane Lee tweeted an Alabama commitment Tuesday night.
By his own admission, the timing of Lee’s announcement seemed ahead of schedule.
“This spring I wanted to visit and announce my top choices,” he wrote. “Finding the environment that will allow me to mature academically while exponentially developing me into the next-level player I know I can be is not something that I wanted to rush into.”
Instead of surveying various universities via official visits this offseason, Lee felt secure enough in his relationship with the Crimson Tide to end the recruiting process in mid-April. Alabama lands a 6-foot, 250-pound playmaker listed third among inside linebackers in the 247Sports 2019 composite rankings.
Lee repeatedly expressed interest in Penn State during his recruitment, while other notable Big Ten contenders included Michigan and Ohio State. The Nittany Lions extended an offer in October 2016, welcoming him to campus several times during the past year and a half.
He attended Penn State’s annual Lasch Bash event last July, then helped pack Beaver Stadium for an October showdown vs. Michigan. His visit to Tuscaloosa last weekend proved to be a game-changer.
Lee is hardly alone as a top Nittany Lions interest at linebacker. Penn State is searching for its first 2019 pledge at the position.
Other key Nittany Lions targets at the position include 5-star recruit Brandon Smith (Mineral, Va.), in-state athlete Andre White (Harrisburg) and top-ranked linebacker Owen Pappoe (Loganville, Ga.), who will use an official visit in Happy Valley this weekend.
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