- Josh Moyer, ESPN Staff Writer
HERSHEY, Pa. -- NittanyNation was at the state title games over the weekend, checking in on PSU targets and seeing how they fared.
Here's a look at recruits who played on Friday in the Class AAA championship, their performances and what they showed Penn State:
Class AAA championship: Cathedral Prep 24, Archbishop Wood 14
Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep, 5-11, 177, Class of 2014
Competing schools: Michigan State, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers
Stats: On offense, he led the team in receiving yards with two catches for 77 yards and a score. On defense he fared even better -- he finished with the game-sealing interception and deflected two passes.
What he showed Penn State: Manus-Schell certainly made sure PSU will remember his name thanks to his performances the last two weeks. First, he shut down three-star wideout Brian Lemelle and then he helped hold Archbishop Wood to 5-of-13 passing. He called Penn State his top school, and it would be difficult to pinpoint a recruit who played better this game.
Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep, 6-2, 180, Class of 2014
Competing schools: Buffalo
Stats: He finished with three tackles and allowed nothing deep.
What he showed Penn State: All three of his stops came on run plays, and he was part of a secondary that dominated. He helped hold the opposition to just 40 passing yards. He claims high interest in the Nittany Lions.
LB Jake Plonski, unrated
Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep, 6-1, 222, Class of 2013
Competing schools: Robert Morris, New Hampshire, MAC schools
Stats: He finished with eight tackles -- six solo and two assisted stops. He finished fourth on team in tackles, and all but two of his tackles came close to line of scrimmage.
What he showed Penn State: He's a different player from his junior season, when he weighed 30 pounds heavier as a result of a knee injury. He plans to soon send out his senior film, and he still labeled Penn State "a dream school." He was offered an invitation as a preferred walk-on, and he said he'll decide before signing day whether to accept that. He wants to see if he can first grab a scholarship offer elsewhere.
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