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Penn State targets a pair of impressive linemen prospects
There are two new names to note when examining Penn State’s 2019 recruiting board in the trenches. Justin Eboigbe and Saleem Wormley are among the latest targets who’ve emerged following further assessment from the Nittany Lions coaching staff.
Both prospects live beyond state boarders. Wormley, the No. 14 offensive guard in 247Sports 2019 composite rankings, is considered the top overall recruit in Delaware. Eboigbe, listed ninth among strongside defensive ends, is a top-200 overall talent who attends Forest Park (Ga.) High School.
The timing of Eboigbe’s Penn State offer, which arrived Wednesday night, is particularly interesting. Only hours earlier, he tweeted a top-10 list:
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— Justin Eboigbe (@JustinEboigbe) March 21, 2018
One look at that collection of collegiate opportunity tells the story. Eboigbe, a 6-foot-5, 261-pound prospect, is heavily recruited across Power 5 conferences. His favorites include Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
As Eboigbe noted in the tweet, he labels his recruitment “open,” so there is certainly a chance for Penn State to make an impact here. The Nittany Lions have been consistently active on Peach State recruiting turf, attempting to edge out nearby ACC and SEC schools for several Georgia standouts.
Eboigbe is a disruptive interior force who can provide a pass rush across the defensive front. Watch his 2017 season highlights here:
Penn State has also identified a 2019 target on the offensive line in Wormley, who visited Happy Valley on Saturday. The 6-3, 320-pound Smyrna (Del.) High School junior, was one of many notable recruits who spent time on campus this weekend, an event we’ll continue to break down throughout the week here at Land of 10.
Gatherings such as this tend to result in new offers, and Wormley found himself on the receiving end Saturday. His recruitment reached a new level this winter. Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina and West Virginia are among the Power 5 programs that have entered this pursuit since February.
The anticipation here is Penn State has definite potential as a long-term contender to land Wormley. Other interior offensive line targets include Caedan Wallace (Princeton, N.J.), Zeke Correll (Cincinnati) and Jakai Moore (Nokesville, Va.).
Expect Wormley’s profile to maintain its rise, especially among Big Ten teams. Projected to play guard at the next level, he tallied 20 tackles and 2 sacks in 2017, according to MaxPreps.
Wormley described an ambition for dominance this fall during a recent discussion with David McKinney of Blue and Gold Illustrated.
“I don’t want to let up my sacks my whole senior season,” Wormley said. “That’s really the only thing. Stats, all-state and all that stuff comes with it.”
Watch his junior season highlights here:
Nittany Lions target Jacolbe Cowan begins road trip in Happy Valley
Prized 2020 defensive line recruit Jacolbe Cowan is primed for a busy week of travel as he attempts to explore five universities in four days. An eventful itinerary started Sunday in State College, according to a schedule Cowan tweeted Friday night.
He confirmed his Happy Valley arrival early evening Sunday, continuing an eventful on-campus recruiting weekend.
The Providence Day School (Charlotte, N.C.) sophomore will rack up plenty of miles in the coming days. His trip to Penn State is followed by planned visits to Michigan (Monday), Notre Dame (Monday), Ohio State (Tuesday) and Tennessee (Wednesday).
Cowan, considered the No. 3 strongside defensive end and No. 37 overall recruit in 247Sports 2020 prospect rankings, claims nearly 30 offers only midway through his prep career. Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia and LSU are among other schools in the mix.
An exceptional 2017 season featured relative domination by Cowan, who blew up offensive backfields with regularity. He completed his sophomore campaign with 87 tackles — 23 for loss — 12 sacks and 10 quarterback hurries, according to MaxPreps.
Other early 2020 priorities for the Nittany Lions along the defensive front include Bryan Bresee (Damascus, Md.), Darrion Henry (Cincinnati) and Tre Williams (Oakdale, Conn.).
Watch Cowan’s 2017 highlights here:
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