April 27, 2011

Coaches check in with top prospects

With spring practice behind them, the Penn State coaching staff isn't wasting much time during the spring evaluation period.

Since Monday, they have visited with high school coaches of at least ten prospects, including Bishop McDevitt head coach Jeff Weachter concerning five-star defensive end Noah Spence.

According to Spence, the McDevitt front doors were wide open yesterday.

"Stanford, Nebraska, Michigan and Penn State all came in," Spence said. "They're not allowed to speak with me or anything, they just stopped by, said hello and I went on with my day."

Following his morning visit to Harrisburg, Larry Johnson then made his way to DeMatha to check on Penn State verbal commit Brent Wilkerson and teammate Michael Moore.

"He just stopped in during our workout session, he was there for a while watching us work," said Wilkerson. "He talked to my dad for a little bit, I didn't get to talk to him though."

Ron Vanderlinden has also been on the road the past few days. On Tuesday he stopped by Valley View High School in Archbald, Pa. to speak with head coach George Howanitz about rising linebacker Nyeem Wartman.

"I just tried to gage their interest in Nyeem," said Howanitz. "We talked about the school and all that, what they have to offer that other schools don't. We basically just talked about their interest in him and what Nyeem is interested in right now. The basic stuff."

Howanitz said the Valley View doors will be "revolving" all week.

"N.C. State was in earlier this week, Syracuse was in yesterday and they offered him a scholarship. I think Temple is coming in tomorrow. I'm sure a bunch of schools will be in at some point."

Howanitz added that Wartman will be visiting Rutgers this Saturday for their spring game.
Penn State assistant coach Dick Anderson checked in on two prospects Monday, the first of which was defensive tackle Julian Pinnix-Odrick. He followed that up with Devin Fuller's track meet that evening.

"They didn't come into my school, but they were at my track meet," said Fuller. "I saw coach Anderson in the stands, I don't think he talked to my coach though. I know coach Anderson wants to get his one call into me this week, so that's probably going to happen in the next few days. I just need to give my number to my athletic director so he can pass it on to coach Anderson."

Other schools that have visited Fuller so far have been Alabama, Pittsburgh, UConn and Rutgers.

Bill Kenney stopped by Catholic Memorial in West Roxbury, Mass. to speak with head coach Alex Campea about Camren Williams and Armani Reeves on Monday. It's believed that Kenney then visited Worcester Academy on Tuesday to speak with their head coach about Canaan Severin, but Severin was not in school due to an illness and is unsure if the meeting took place.

Finally, Jay Paterno is believed to be visiting Buchtel H.S. in Akron, Ohio today to speak with head coach Ricky Powers about wide receiver Corey Smith and defensive back Jarrod Wilson.
Paterno was at Austintown Fitch H.S. yesterday to speak with their coach about Will Mahone, and it is believed that he or Bill Kenney will be in Cincinnati later this week to check on linebacker Joe Bolden.

Other prospects expected to receive visits in the coming days are QB Brendan Nosovitch (Wednesday), LB Quanzell Lambert (Thursday) and WR Anthony Nash (Friday).

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