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5-star CB Chris Steele keeps Penn State in his recruitment
Coveted cornerback recruit Chris Steele eliminated 30 colleges from consideration on Thursday. Penn State is among options that remain in the mix.
Steele, a 6-foot-1, 188-pound prospect from St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) High School, tweeted 14 remaining contenders. He plans to cut this collection down to seven universities “in three months”.
Listed third among cornerbacks and 29th overall in 247Sports 2019 composite rankings, Steele has interest in schools in each Power 5 conference. His options are found in the ACC (Louisville and Miami), Big Ten (Penn State), Big 12 (Oklahoma and Texas), Pac-12 (Cal, Oregon and Southern Cal) and SEC (Alabama, Florida, LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas A&M)
Penn State extended a scholarship offer earlier this month and, although the Nittany Lions are very much a long shot to land Steele, inclusion on this list indicates a strong national recruiting brand brewing in Happy Valley.
Steele is scheduled to use official visits at Florida, LSU, Louisville and Oklahoma in April, according to 247Sports. He previously spent six months verbally committed to nearby UCLA but backed off that pledge prior to his junior season.
A 2017 first-team junior All-American selection by MaxPreps, Steele earned defensive back MVP honors at recent camps hosted by Rivals and The Opening. He secured 73 tackles, 25 pass breakups and 2 interceptions in 2017, according to USA Today.
Watch Steele’s junior-season highlights here:
New Jersey DL Antonio Alfano schedules return to State College
Antonio Alfano is heading back to Happy Valley. This widely targeted New Jersey defensive lineman tweeted upcoming travel plans on Wednesday night.
The Colonia High School junior locked in trips to Penn State (April 5-6), Georgia (April 12) and Alabama (April 13-14). He did not specify whether any of these visits will be of the official variety, and Land of 10 was unable to reach him for immediate clarification.
All three programs have hosted Alfano in the past, and he’s attend a few Nittany Lions games the last two seasons.
Last June, Alfano embarked on a southern campus tour that included stops at Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Tennessee.
“The trip showed me just how serious the Southeast takes football,” he told Land of 10 afterward. “A ton of public support, large stadiums and great facilities.”
A 6-4, 255-pound prospect who presents potential across the defensive front, Alfano was identified in June 2016 as one of Penn State’s earliest 2019 recruiting targets. James Franklin and Nittany Lions defensive line coach Sean Spencer are key figures in his search for an ideal collegiate fit.
“These two guys are just so down to earth,” Alfano said last offseason. “They really care. Like my dad says, these guys you can sit down with and hang out with. They’ve got your back.”
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— Antonio Alfano (@Antonioalfano99) September 1, 2017
Alfano, considered the No. 58 overall talent in the 2019 composite rankings, initially set a commitment announcement for Dec. 14, 2017, but opted to postpone his decision nine days prior. He tweeted a top-12 list Thanksgiving weekend: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
As usual, the Nittany Lions are actively engaged with a variety of New Jersey athletes. Along with Alfano, Penn State’s 2019 targets in the Garden State include receiver/safety Ronnie Hickman, offensive lineman Caedan Wallace and quarterback Taquan Roberson, who committed to the program last season.
Land of 10 will be live on location April 8 for The Opening’s New Jersey regional, where Alfano plans to compete. Expect an update regarding his recruitment and development afterward.
Penn State offers Georgia DB Quinton Newsome
Aside from Florida prospects, Penn State’s greatest amount of 2019 offers has been sent to Georgia’s top players. The Nittany Lions added yet another to the target board Thursday, entering the mix for Quinton Newsome.
Newsome, who tweeted news of his latest college opportunity earlier Thursday, is considered a 3-star safety in composite rankings. However, his offer sheet seems to reflect a prospect on the rise.
Alabama and Georgia offered earlier this month and now the inclusion of a Big Ten title contender further exhibits mounting attention for the North Gwinnett High School junior. A 6-2, 180-pound playmaker, Newsome has also secured offers from Auburn, Cal, Ole Miss and Stanford since January.
Watch Newsome’s junior-season highlights here:
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