Penn State staying aggressive on recruiting trail; TE Mike Gesicki talks NFL combine
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Does James Franklin ever sleep?
With the Class of 2018 about to be finalized in a week, Penn State’s football coach has been out on the trail putting in a good word with several Class of 2019 recruits.
Land of 10’s Tyler Donohue writes that Penn State has offered six more targets for the next class.
Four of the targets are from the state of Florida, where new running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider is from. No surprise his first act as a Penn State assistant is to recruit in his home state.
Off to Indy
Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki will get a chance to work out for NFL scouts at the combine beginning Feb. 27. Gesicki competed in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 27 and caught 3 passes for 39 yards.
WalterFootball.com has Gesicki ranked as the sixth-best tight end prospect available, but that ranking could change once the combine is complete.
John McGonigal of the Centre Daily Times writes that Gesicki had a productive week during the time leading up to the Senior Bowl.
Trophies piling up
No athletic program in the eastern part of the country has been as successful as Penn State’s. The Nittany Lions athletic programs collected a 31st Lambert Trophy on Monday.
The award will be presented at the 82nd annual Eastern College Football Awards Banquet in February.
As the university pointed out in the official release:
Penn State also claimed the Lambert Trophy in 2016 under Head Coach James Franklin. Nineteen different institutions have captured the Lambert Trophy, but no five schools combined can match Penn State’s 31 titles.
The award presentation will take place at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey.
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A reason to believe
The Penn State men’s basketball team will take on No. 5 Michigan State and Iowa this week, and despite the victory over Ohio State last week could use another signature win if it can somehow upset the Spartans.
StateCollege.com’s Ben Jones writes that believing they can win these games down the stretch might be exactly what the Nittany Lions need.
Meanwhile, Jared Slanina at Black Shoe Diaries goes the opposite way and asks if Pat Chambers will return as the Nittany Lions head coach in 2018.
Penn State easily has its most talented roster under Chambers in a season where the Big Ten is at its weakest in recent memory. But the results haven’t been quite what many were hoping for.
In 2015, Chambers inked a contract extension with the university that will keep him as head coach through the 2018-19 season.
A reason to be optimistic
Penn State’s wrestling team suffered a blow on Sunday when 157-pounder Jason Nolf suffered a knee injury in the win over Rutgers, but all is not lost.
Josh Moyer of the Centre Daily Times writes that Nittany Lions coach Cael Sanderson is optimistic that the team can keep rolling without Nolf.
“Really, it’s not as bad as we feared,” Sanderson said. “But it’s going to be some time before we get him back in, just to play it safe and try to get him back as close to 100 percent as we can before the postseason. So we probably won’t even try to put him in a dual meet; we’ll just try to get him ready for the postseason.”
There is still no timetable for when Nolf will return.
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