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ASHBURN, Va. -- If there was an award given out for the most physically gifted quarterback at Friday’s Elite 11 regional camp at the Washington Redskins' practice facility, Brandon Wimbush would undoubtedly be a runaway winner.

The No. 107-ranked prospect in the ESPN 300 showed impressive arm power, a strong frame that can carry 225 pounds, and the feet and balance that have earned him offers from the likes of Penn State, Virginia Tech, Miami, Ohio State, LSU and a host of others. The news of the day Friday was the offer list might soon be growing, and one could be a game-changer.

Three-star tailback Qadree Ollison (Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius) is set to announce his top five Monday, so a Penn State offer last night came at just the right time.


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PG Shep Garner picks Penn State

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Class of 2014 point guard Shep Garner (Philadelphia/Roman Catholic) committed to Penn State on Saturday, according to multiple reports.

Garner chose the Nittany Lions over Temple, LaSalle, Maryland and Rutgers, among others. He joins another lead guard, Isaiah Washington (Williamsport, Pa./Williamsport), who committed to Penn State in April.

PSU DL coach impresses DT Johnson 

June, 10, 2013
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Cory Johnson (Brooklyn, N.Y./ASA College) stood on the practice field in a light-blue T-shirt and jeans -- hardly the right uniform for Saturday drills -- but he told PSU's DL coach he needed to get a closer look at his pass-rush technique.

Larry Johnson obliged. So, with Cory's family looking on, the assistant motioned with his hands and began directing the junior college defensive tackle. Whenever Cory placed his hands on the coach, the coach batted them away. They repeated the exercise until it looked as if Cory became a boxer working on a speed bag.


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OL Richie Petitbon (Washington D.C./Gonzaga) relaxed inside his father's car as he felt the air conditioning blow over his sunburned skin and wet T-shirt, still damp from about eight hours' worth of sweat from Penn State's Saturday camp.

He could've used a nap, but he couldn't sleep during the three-and-a-half hour drive home. His mind just kept replaying that scene in Bill O'Brien's office once camp finished, when he and his father sat on nearby couches and O'Brien told him, "Richie, you had a great camp so we're going to offer you a scholarship." An hour later, and a permanent smile was still fixed to Petitbon's face.


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Ryan Bates, a 2015 offensive tackle out of Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood, often breathed heavy and was forced to wipe his glistening forehead when he first started meeting college coaches.

He was a nervous 285-pound prospect. And when Bates trotted over to two Penn State coaches on Tuesday, he was again panting and sweating -- but for a different reason.


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John Reid (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) still can't drive without the supervision of an adult -- he just earned his learner's permit last month -- but the rising junior already needs to keep track of his scholarship offers with his cell phone.

Those 10 offers are there on his notepad app in case friends or reporters ask. But he doesn't like to open that list. He knows he's still young -- and a verbal offer is a lot different from a written one.


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DB Davis hoping to commit before season 

April, 24, 2013
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Anthony Davis (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) found himself sitting over his mother's lasagna dinner last Friday and focusing on the pros and cons of different schools. He's been doing a lot of that lately.

With no head coach yet in place at Gateway, the defensive back with 18 offers has been forced to virtually shoulder the entire recruiting burden along with his parents. But it's not necessarily the stress that's getting to Davis, it's the uncertainties.

"It was laid back for awhile," he said. "But now we don't have a coach, so my parents are pushing me more into making a decision and talking about the positives and negatives in case we don't have a good season because we don't have a coach right here."


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RN Top 10: D.C. NFTC 

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The RN Top 10 will appear throughout the camp and combine season and rank prospects based strictly on their on-field performance at that particular event. It does not reflect their overall prospect ranking.

ASHBURN, Va. – The East Coast and mid-Atlantic states represented well on Sunday as eight players earned invites to The Opening at the Nike Football Training Camp outside of Washington, D.C. Defense ruled the day, led by two five-star prospects from Virginia.

10. Nick Scott
Fairfax (Va.) Fairfax |RB| 5-11, 180

Scott stood out among a field of backs who were overshadowed by the prospects at nearly every other position. He earned the attention of coaches for his strong play and versatility but missed the MVP award, which went to Vincent Lowe (Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield), who also posted the top SPARQ score.

Scott committed to Penn State in February over an offer from Boston College.

ESPN national recruiting analyst Craig Haubert’s take: “He’s got a great frame, and what I like about him as a Penn State verbal, he’s a versatile player. He may not run by you, but he does a good job in route-running.”


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Joe Vitiello (Somerville, N.J./Immaculata) figured he wouldn't pick up a PSU offer on Friday's unofficial visit.

He knew even then he'd need to attend a one-day camp to prove to PSU his 40-yard dash is as fast as advertised: a 4.7-second 40 as a 255-pound defensive tackle. That "tryout" is about two months away, but Vitiello said he already feels the pressure -- especially after wandering around campus and seeing just how much he likes Happy Valley.


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Defensive tackle Jeremiah Clarke picked up two Penn State shirts and some socks downtown Wednesday after an unofficial visit he labeled "perfect."


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Less than a month ago, tailback Robert Martin was wondering when his first scholarship offer might roll in. Now, after reeling in a half-dozen, he's just wondering who might be next.


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Offer vaults PSU into Davis' top three 

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Anthony Davis could feel his heart beating faster. He admitted he was a little nervous because he thought he might grab a scholarship offer -- but he didn't want to jump to conclusions.

Bill O'Brien ushered the Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway prospect inside his office during Saturday's junior day. Davis first looked past the office's open blinds at the rolling mountains. He and his father took a seat on a white couch, while the AT&T ESPN Coach of the Year told them to make themselves comfortable. The recruit leaned back and tried his best.


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2014 RB Robert Martin receives first offers 

February, 13, 2013
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Robert Martin (Harrisburg, Pa/Harrisburg) felt his phone vibrate right before class started Wednesday morning. As soon as he peeked at his texts -- and the new message from his coach -- a quick smile crept across his face.

The junior tailback had been awaiting his first offer. With his coach's text message, that was no longer the case. In fact, he didn't just receive one. He grabbed two.


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Davis lands 5 offers after healthy season 

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Coming into his junior season, Anthony Davis (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) was under the radar as he missed the summer camp circuit because of a foot injury. He was a player his coaches raved about, however, and a productive 2012 season has him on the radar of several programs.


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