PSU recruits guide in PIAA: Class AAAA


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 Saturday in the Class AAAA championship, their performances and what they showed Penn State:

Class AAAA championship: North Allegheny 63, Coatesville 28

WR Gregg Garrity, unrated

Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny, 5-10, 143, Class of 2013

Competing schools: Bucknell, Richmond

Stats: He had a game-high five catches for 55 yards and a touchdown.

What he showed Penn State: He certainly wasn't the biggest player on the field, but he was just about the most-effective receiving target. He said he's never before been compared to Jordan Norwood, who was also 143 pounds coming out of high school, but liked to think of himself as a Wes Welker-type player. He has a preferred walk-on invitation from Penn State and said he might just wait to make a decision until sometime after signing day to see if he can pick an offer up elsewhere before committing.

LB Tyler Burke

Coatesville (Pa.), 6-4, 240, Class of 2014

Competing schools: Maryland, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Pitt, Temple

Stats: He had a game-high 19 tackles -- 17 of which were solo -- and two fumble recoveries. He also had two catches for 32 yards.

What he showed Penn State: Linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden was watching most of the contest from the open-air extension to the press box, and he had to come away impressed. Burke had more than twice as many solo tackles as anyone else and was one of the few bright spots for Coatesville. He doesn't yet have a PSU offer, but Vanderlinden has watched his games several times this season. Burke certainly put on a show and made a strong case for one.