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5-star Louisiana DT Ishmael Sopsher says his mom a fan of Penn State
On the surface, Penn State probably wouldn’t seem to be a serious contender for 5-star defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Amite (La.) High School junior lives in the heart of SEC territory and hasn’t stepped foot on campus in State College.
However, there is a key factor in play here.
“My mom, she loves them. She loves Penn State,” Sopsher told Land of 10 during Under Armour All-America festivities in Orlando, Fla.
He explained her affinity for the program actually predates his Nittany Lions scholarship offer. Sopsher, who reached a double-digit offer total after his first high school season, landed on the Penn State target board in April 2017 after earning first-team MaxPreps Sophomore All-America honors.
He released an SEC-heavy list of favorites during his junior season, with Penn State and Michigan in the mix as Big Ten suitors. This collection of schools also featured Florida State, Texas and Clemson.
Penn State is assembling a potentially dominant defensive front with a blend of experienced players and blue-chip 2018 signees. Sopsher, considered the No. 1 defensive tackle and No. 2 overall recruit in the 247Sports 2019 composite rankings, should be one of the most heavily pursued prospects across college football in the coming year.
— ishmael sopsher (@isopsher) November 10, 2017
Though he’s yet to visit Happy Valley, Sopsher expresses legitimate interest in the university.
“I’m trying to give them a chance,” he said. “They’re good people. They’re really cool people. We talk on the phone a lot and they keep telling me how they really want me, how they want to get me up there.”
Sopsher communicates with James Franklin and Nittany Lions defensive line coach Sean Spencer.
Stability on the Penn State staff should help as he reassesses options this offseason. Expect some upcoming alterations to his list of favorites.
“With all the coaching changes and stuff, I’ve got to remake it,” Sopsher said. “Probably by August I’ll put out my final five.”
He left the door open for a visit to Penn State perhaps this summer or after his senior season. Sopsher, who studies past top-ranked defensive tackles such as Marvin Wilson of Florida State and Rashan Gary of Michigan, doesn’t plan to announce his collegiate plans until February 2019.
Watch his junior-season highlights here:
Lions extend another offer to New England, targeting OL Xavier Truss
Penn State continues to pay close attention to the premier prospects in New England. Fresh off signing tight end Pat Freiermuth of Massachusetts and quarterback Will Levis of Connecticut, the Nittany Lions are well into pursuits for 2019 defensive backs Lewis Cine (Massachusetts), Tyler Rudolph (Connecticut) and Marquis Wilson (Connecticut).
You can now add Rhode Island offensive lineman Xavier Truss to the 2019 target board. This 6-7, 325-pound tackle has seen his recruitment explode this winter.
Beyond Grateful for an offer from Penn State! Go Nittany Lions!🦁 pic.twitter.com/RgcZpQsrAj
— Xavier Truss (@xtruss94) January 6, 2018
Penn State extended an offer Saturday, quickly followed by Michigan and Oregon. His other options include BYU, Maryland and Rutgers.
Truss, who has been to State College, plans to return for the 2018 spring game, according to Brian Dohn of 247Sports. Indications point toward Penn State being in a strong early position with the massive talent, though the trajectory of his recruitment suggests several more Power 5 programs will enter the picture.
Penn State presently carry two commitments in its 2019 recruiting class: New Jersey quarterback Taquan Roberson and State College cornerback Keaton Ellis.
Based on Truss’ comments to Dohn, another eventual addition from New England seems very realistic.
“Penn State is a place that seems completely surreal when you’re there,” he said. “The coaches and people are the best around. The size of the school and the charismatic people really stand out.”
Truss attends Bishop Hendricken (Warwick, R.I.) High School. Watch his 2017 highlights here:
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