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Nittany Lions offer fast-rising lineman Dominic Bailey
College football programs are beginning to line up for 2020 prospect Dominic Bailey. Penn State ensured it will be near the front of that line, at least to start, by extending an offer on Friday.
Blessed to receive an offer from penn state university ❤️ pic.twitter.com/OlFuKF30VE
— Dominic Bailey (@DominicBailey56) March 9, 2018
Bailey, a 6-foot-4, 277-pound sophomore at Wicomico (Salisbury, Md.) High School, picked up another Big Ten offer (Rutgers) and his first SEC offer (Georgia) during the 48 hours prior. An in-state opportunity with the Maryland Terrapins arrived in December.
An athlete who warrants attention at defensive tackle and along the offensive front, Bailey’s sudden recruiting burst suggests he is en route to becoming a big-time Mid-Atlantic prospect. His measurements, aggression and production lead to a favorable projection as an interior defensive force.
Bailey takes snaps in different spots along the defensive front, providing a persistent threat to penetrate the offense. Able to overpower many of his opponents, he shows impressive athleticism and appropriate pad level while using an arsenal of moves that undoubtedly will grow as an upperclassman.
Watch his 2017 highlights here:
First-year Penn State tight ends coach Tyler Bowen, who previously worked on the Maryland staff that first targeted Bailey, could help provide an early boost. The Nittany Lions have been highly effective targeting top players in the region, and Bowen is yet another name to know.
Lions QB signee Will Levis invests in speed training before arrival
During a recent conversation with Land of 10, Will Levis explained the importance of speed training as he prepares to enroll at Penn State. The Xavier (Middletown, Conn.) High School quarterback signee described it as a focal point of discussions with the Nittany Lions staff.
Levis, a 6-4, 222-pound prospect, doesn’t present the dangerous rushing threat of current starter Trace McSorley or 2019 Penn State quarterback pledge Taquan Roberson. Still, his impressive athleticism was on full display at The Opening’s New Jersey regional camp last April. He led all quarterback participants on the national circuit with a 123.27 test rating score, which took into account a 4.80-second 40-yard dash.
Levis rushed for fewer than 300 yards as an upperclassman, according to MaxPreps, though he scored 12 touchdowns on the ground in those 20 games. Along the way, his passing totals approached 5,000 yards, 46 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
Considered a top-30 pro-style passer in 2018 composite rankings, Levis used the success of Penn State players at the NFL combine for continued motivation. Take a glimpse at the video below he posted.
— Will Levis (@will_levis) March 7, 2018
The return on investment in State College is apparent, and Levis is ready to work toward maximizing physical potential.
“The way those guys have worked throughout their careers with the strength and conditioning program got them to this point,” he told Land of 10. “[Director of performance enhancement Dwight] Galt is amazing, and he, obviously, gets players to their peak athletic ability. Seeing all the guys kill the combine makes me so excited to get in the weight room and on the field running with him and his staff so that they can turn me into the best athlete they can.”
Levis is arguably the least likely Nittany Lions signee to see the field in 2018, considering the presence of two veterans (McSorley and Tommy Stevens) and promising redshirt freshman Sean Clifford. Regardless, he is working now to help ensure a positive result when those opportunities arise.
“I think if I do my thing I can play at just as high a level as anyone else,” Levis said. “That’s what I look forward to doing at Penn State.”
Penn State among primary pursuers of 4-star OL Zeke Correll
Back to the trenches but switching to 2019 recruiting efforts, Penn State is among nearly 30 programs that have offered Ohio offensive lineman Zeke Correll. The 6-4, 270-pound Anderson (Cincinnati) High School junior received an offer from Franklin on Nov. 18 while he was on campus for the Nittany Lions matchup vs. Nebraska.
His most recent college visits occurred at Notre Dame and Ohio State. Those are the teams that stood out to Correll during a recent conversation with Land of 10’s Ryan Donnelly.
“I’d say Ohio State and Notre Dame are the top of my list right now, but I don’t have like a set five schools or anything,” he said.
The Buckeyes are in strong position with Correll, who is considered the No. 10 guard prospect in the 247Sports 2019 composite rankings. Still, Penn State continues to be actively engaged here and should be in position to create positive momentum the next time he heads to Happy Valley.
“Ohio State is definitely No. 1 in terms of who I’m hearing the most from. Ohio State, Notre Dame and Penn State are probably the three I’m hearing from the most right now,” Correll said.
Penn State is building toward a high-impact upcoming stretch on the recruiting trail, enhanced by changes to an NCAA calendar that now allows high school juniors to use official visits during the spring. Correll told Donnelly he could take all five official visits this spring.
If he adopts that proactive approach, it could set the stage for a commitment announcement well before his senior season. Correll’s latest offers include Alabama, Clemson and Michigan.
Penn State is searching for its first verbal commitment from a 2019 offensive lineman.
— Zeke Correll (@zekecorrell) November 18, 2017
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