4-star OT Nana Asiedu says Penn State ‘has a pretty big lead’ in his recruitment, Teniya Page named All-Big Ten and more

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Asiedu leaning toward Penn State

Nana Asiedu, a 4-star offensive tackle from North Stafford, Va., told Michael Clark of Scout.com that Penn State has “a pretty big lead” in his recruitment after the 2018 prospect was among those to visit Happy Valley last weekend.

The 6-foot-6, 270-pound Asiedu is the top-ranked offensive tackle in the East, and No. 8 in the country. Should he indeed sign with Penn State next February, he would add depth to a unit that is fast becoming a team strength and will no doubt have time to add the 30 pounds he is going to need to compete in the Big Ten.

In every way, Asiedu seems to regard PSU as a good fit. As he told Clark:

“They’re definitely my leader right now. I love how much coach (James) Franklin and his staff care about guys as people, not just football players. They’ve also really made an effort to get to know my family.”

Asiedu is also planning visits to North Carolina and Clemson in the near future, according to Clark.

Greg Pickel of Pennlive.com also writes that 2019 recruit Jeremiah Gray, a safety from Charlotte, will visit the weekend of April 7-8.

Page honored

Penn State guard Teniya Page became just the sixth Lady Lions sophomore to be named an All-Big Ten first-team player when she was honored by the league’s coaches and media.

Page finished the regular season fifth in the conference in scoring (19.4), fourth in 3-point percentage (.431), tied for eighth in free-throw percentage (.800) and tied for seventh in 3-pointers per game (2.0).

Page was the second PSU player to be named unanimously to the Big Ten’s All-Freshman team last year, joining Alex Bentley (2010). The coaches also named her to the all-conference second team that year, while she was honorable mention on the media’s team.

The Lady Lions (19-9) open the Big Ten Tournament against Minnesota on Thursday in Indianapolis.

Another heartbreaker for PSU men’s team

As noted elsewhere in the Land of 10, Ohio State’s Jae’Sean Tate coaxed in a layup with three seconds left as the visiting Buckeyes nudged Penn State, 71-70, on Tuesday.

The Lions, who fell to 14-16 (6-11 in the Big Ten) with their fourth straight loss, had taken the lead on a 3-pointer by Tony Carr with nine seconds remaining.

Tate’s shot dropped PSU to 1-6 in Big Ten games decided by one possession or in overtime.

The Lions close out the regular season Sunday at Iowa.

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