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6 uncommitted PSU targets to watch

12/19/2012

With just two scholarships remaining, Penn State is looking to add some quality to its 2013 class and is targeting several ESPN 300 prospects.

NittanyNation takes a closer look at six uncommitted recruits that Penn State's after:

1. ATH Tyler Boyd, 6-1, 175, Clairton (Pa.)

Four stars, ESPN 300, No. 17 at position

Main competition: Pitt

Synopsis: The likely wideout said PSU is currently his No. 4 school, and it probably works into Penn State's favor that he's pushing his early January decision back some. He's scheduling official visits to Michigan State and West Virginia, and he also plans to take one to Happy Valley.

PSU's staff obviously thinks highly of Boyd. They've been to several of his games, paid him an in-home visit and have remained in constant contact. Boyd is pretty tempted to follow two of his teammates -- Titus Howard and likely Terrish Webb -- to Pitt, and it would be an upset if he committed elsewhere. Still, PSU was No. 6 on his list just two weeks ago and it's now moved up to No. 4.

The longer Boyd takes to make a decision, the more it helps Penn State.

2. RB David Williams, 6-1, 192, Philadelphia (Pa.) Imhotep Charter

Four stars, ESPN 150, No. 13 at position

Main competition: South Carolina

Synopsis: If it wasn't for the sanctions, Williams might be in better position to become a Nittany Lion ... but South Carolina stepped in and has gone after him hard. Steve Spurrier was at his final playoff game, made an in-home visit and has stayed in touch. Penn State's coaches have visited him at school, but Williams announced less than two weeks ago his final three included South Carolina, Ohio State and Arizona State.

Williams said a few days later he hadn't eliminated Penn State after all and might make an official visit to PSU in January. He's been up to Happy Valley several times for unofficial visits, and the staff's really trying to show him the school's remained the same since the sanctions. Forget the other teams after Williams, though -- it's really South Carolina vs. everyone else. The Gamecocks are the heavy favorites right now.

3. MLB Trey Johnson, 6-1, 215, Lawrenceville (Ga.) Central Gwinnett

Four stars, ESPN 150, No. 2 at position

Main competition: Ohio State

Synopsis: Penn State won't have to wait long for a decision -- but it's probably not going to be the one it wants to hear. Johnson lists Penn State in his top 5 and will announce his commitment Jan. 4 at the Under Armour All-America Game. PSU's not the likely choice, however, as it would be a big upset to see him choose a place he hasn't even been on an official visit to.

Defensive coordinator Ted Roof has a great reputation in Georgia ... but it's almost certainly not going to be enough to reel in Johnson. PSU seems to have a better shot at Boyd or Williams.

4. MLB Garret Dooley, 6-2, 220, Rochester (Ill.)

Four stars, No. 18 at position

Main competition: Wisconsin

Synopsis: He's still committed to Wisconsin but, if he decommits and heads elsewhere, Penn State has to be considered the favorite. So the big question: Will he decommit?

Well, again, that doesn't seem likely because he said his heart remains with Wisconsin. Penn State's obviously taken a few chances at recruits -- why not? -- with just two scholarships left, and it went after Dooley once Bret Bielema left for Arkansas. Dooley might spend an official visit at Penn State. And, if PSU can get him on campus, its odds definitely increase. He likes Ron Vanderlinden and Penn State's tradition; it might just come down to how comfortable he feels with Wisconsin's new head coach and how much of the staff is retained.

5. DB Deondre Singleton, 5-11, 170, Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer

Unrated

Synopsis: He's a bit of a question mark here. Before making his official visit Dec. 7, he said he just needed to see a school before committing. Shortly after the visit ended, he said he just needed to talk over a commitment with his parents. Now? Well, he stopped returning calls from the media.

Penn State appears to be his best offer and his interest in PSU seemed very high, so it's not known if the Nittany Lions cooled on him or whether he's just exploring his options. If the Nittany Lions still want him, it would be a surprise to see him head elsewhere; other schools of interest include the likes of Appalachian State.

Singleton is definitely a target to keep an eye on. He is a wild card, but he still could also become a Nittany Lion.

6. ATH Myles Willis, 5-9, 180, Atlanta (Ga.) Marist

Three stars, No. 92 at position

Main competition: Boston College

Synopsis: He's committed to Boston College as a tailback, but he's seen a lot of Roof recently. Penn State's defensive coordinator went to one of his games and stopped by his school Friday.

Willis thinks he might earn an offer as early as this week, and he hopes to schedule an official visit soon after. If PSU offers, it seems like a two-way race for Willis' services. He likes Steve Addazio, who reassured him his role wouldn't change in Boston College's offense -- but he's heard a lot of good about Roof. And he wants to see more about Penn State.

Outside of Singleton, Willis might be the Lions' best chance at a commitment.