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Penn State offers junior college OL Anthony Whigan
Penn State has offered scholarships to more than 20 offensive linemen who are presently juniors in high school. A search for further enhancements along the Nittany Lions offensive line in 2019 now leads to Lackawanna (Scranton, Pa.) College.
James Franklin has turned toward that program for offensive linemen in recent recruiting cycles, pursuing 2015 Penn State signee Paris Palmer and 2018 target T.J. Bradley. Lackawanna coach Mark Duda has consistently produced talent in the trenches, including current NFL players Jermaine Eluemunor (Baltimore Ravens) and Mark Glowinski (Indianapolis Colts), and former Miami Hurricanes All-American Bryant McKinnie.
Anthony Whigan is the latest Lackawanna lineman to warrant widespread attention. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound prospect is approaching 10 offers and reported the Nittany Lions as a new contender on Tuesday:
— Anthony Whigan (@_antboogie) March 13, 2018
Penn State signed four offensive linemen in its 2018 recruiting class, including a pair of top-10 tackle talents (Nana Asiedu and Rasheed Walker). The Nittany Lions are searching for their first commitment from a 2019 offensive line prospect.
Whigan, who attended Great Mills (Md.) High School, added offers from Cincinnati, Louisville, Nebraska, Syracuse and TCU in February. Maryland and West Virginia started their pursuit in November.
Expect this offer to make a large impact on his recruiting. It wouldn’t surprise if Whigan surpasses 15 collegiate options by the time his freshman year is finished.
Penn State is also targeting Lackawanna defensive back Jaquan Brisker. Less than a three-hour car ride from Beaver Stadium, these junior college standouts are likely to spend time in State College sometime this spring.
Nittany Lions QB target Taisun Phommachanh will shorten list
Quarterback Taisun Phommachanh secured a Penn State offer on Feb. 7. It was one of several that came his way this winter, and he’s nearly prepared to start seriously sorting through potential contenders.
Phommachanh, a 6-4, 205-pound junior at Avon Old Farms (Conn.), indicated an upcoming recruitment cut during a conversation with Rivals.com’s Adam Friedman.
“I don’t have a short list yet but I think I’ll end up making one pretty soon,” he told Friedman.
Considered a 4-star recruit and the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in 247Sports’ 2019 composite rankings, his offer sheet now features two dozen universities. The latest additions include Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU and Ole Miss.
Phommachanh will reciprocate interest with the pair of Sunshine State squads next week, then work toward confirming which schools are possibly legitimate destinations.
“It’ll probably be after the visits to Florida and Florida State on March 20th and 21st,” he told Friedman. “All of the schools are recruiting me really hard but Florida State, UConn, Penn State, Florida, and Clemson are doing it more than the others.”
The Nittany Lions landed a pledge from New Jersey quarterback Taquan Roberson in October. Penn State’s recruiting actions indicate a desire for two passers in the 2019 class.
Phommachanh completed 71 percent of throws for 2,402 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2017, according to MaxPreps, tossing only 1 interception. He added 469 yards and 13 scores as a rusher.
Watch his junior-season highlights here:
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