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4-star WR Michael Wyman impressed by Penn State visit, plans to return
Penn State welcomed compelling receiver prospect Michael Wyman to campus for the first time earlier this month. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Dudley (Greensboro, N.C.) High sophomore traveled north Nov. 11 to watch the Nittany Lions play Rutgers.
Wyman watched Penn State post 35 unanswered points to secure a convincing 35-6 Big Ten victory, and enjoyed an opportunity to spend time with Nittany Lions coaches. While football was naturally a focal point, he said the conversations were actually “mostly about academics.”
An honor student at Dudley, Wyman carries early scholarship offers from Duke and North Carolina. Wyman has been extremely active on the recruiting trail so far, logging extensive miles to schools across college football.
His previous trips beyond state borders include Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Maryland, Ohio State, South Carolina and Tennessee. Though he doesn’t yet hold an offer from Penn State, Wyman was encouraged by his initial Happy Valley experience.
“I enjoyed the visit,” he said. “The staff was friendly. The campus was nice. Me and my mom left with a great impression.”
Wyman will wrap up his regular-season travel itinerary Saturday at Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets host Georgia.
Considered the No. 20 receiver and No. 83 overall recruit in 247Sports 2020 rankings, Wyman projects as a widespread target among Power 5 programs. He averaged more than 25 yards per reception this season and caught 6 touchdowns passes, including a 24-yard score Friday night in a playoff loss.
“I work hard on my routes on and off the field,” Wyman said. “I have great eye and hand coordination which helps me connect well with the QB. My speed, knowledge and strength as a wide out is what brings on the interest of college coaches.”
He also understands the importance of providing balance at his position.
Dudley implements a run-heavy offensive attack that produced more than 3,000 rushing yards this season. While the team carved up opponents for 253 yards per game on the ground, Wyman did his best to contribute even without possession.
“On our run plays I defend my opponent well. Open up for our running back to do his thing,” he said.
Wyman intends to stay active in his exploration of universities this offseason, and expects to line up several visits to “junior day” events. Penn State is in excellent position to be one of those stops along the way.
“I will most definitely return very soon,” he said.
Watch Wyman’s 2017 season highlights here:
Penn State extends offer to 5-star LSU commit Kardell Thomas
Penn State received yet another lesson this year that commitments from recruits are non-binding. Former 5-star Nittany Lions pledges Justin Fields and Micah Parsons both opted out of their verbal pacts earlier this 2018 recruiting cycle, though the latter may still ultimately end up in State College.
Just as other coaches will continue to keep close tabs on Penn State pledges, James Franklin won’t shy away from elite talents committed elsewhere. The latest example of these efforts occurred Monday night when 5-star offensive lineman Kardell Thomas tweeted news of a Nittany Lions offer:
Extremely Excited To Recieve an Offer From Penn State 🔵⚪ pic.twitter.com/oDfa9hlZlZ
— Kardell thomas (@kardellt62) November 21, 2017
Thomas, a 6-4, 320-pound Southern University Lab School (Baton Rouge, La.) product, is considered one of LSU’s foundational pieces in the 2019 recruiting class. The Tigers landed a commitment from this highly touted local talent July 22, 2016, months before his sophomore season.
Considered the No. 2 offensive guard and No. 17 overall prospect in the 247Sports 2019 composite rankings, Thomas has spent much of his prep football career in a large spotlight. Alabama and Florida hosted him this season, while an impressive offer sheet also features Florida State, Oklahoma and Texas.
Thomas, who is already committed to compete in the 2019 Under Armour All-America Game, provided LSU with an early lift in the 2019 recruiting cycle. However, he’s consistently kept an open mind about other options.
Thomas visited Georgia last weekend and that experience thrust the Bulldogs into his top tier of collegiate options, according to Jeff Sentell of DawgNation.
“I was blown away from the time I got there until the time I left,” Thomas said. “I wasn’t expecting everything I witnessed at Georgia. From the fans to the coaches to the girl who was hosting me, it just seemed like everyone was full of energy. LSU is probably the only school that has been like that for me. Well, maybe LSU and Bama. There was just a certain vibe. Georgia and LSU have the same vibe to me.”
Penn State continues to prioritize premier 2019 offensive linemen, regardless of region. Other notable blue-chip Nittany Lions targets this cycle include 5-star tackle Devontae Dobbs (Belleville, Mich.), top-100 tackle William Putnam (Tampa, Fla.) and 4-star guard Caedan Wallace (Princeton, N.J.).
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