Thursday, December 13, 2012
PIAA guide to Penn State recruits
By Josh Moyer
Tyler Boyd and Clairton will play Dunsmore for a PIAA title.
With the Pennsylvania state football championships Friday and Saturday, NittanyNation decided to compile a list of competing Penn State targets and what other recruits to watch out for.
With just eight teams left, there's little time left to scout or performances left to watch. So here are the teams and players to keep an eye on in Hershey, Pa.:
Class A championship - Clairton vs. Dunmore, 1 p.m. Friday
ATH Tyler Boyd, 4 stars, ESPN 300 Clairton (Pa.), 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, Class of 2013 (Wears No. 23)
Synopsis: Penn State is still pushing strong for Boyd -- even though he said two weeks ago that PSU was his No. 6 school. Penn State assistants Charles London and Stan Hixon attended a Clairton practice last week, and the Lions also paid him an in-home visit. At least one member of the staff will be in the stands for Friday's game, again checking in on Boyd.
OL James McHale Dunmore (Pa.), 6-6, 289, Class of 2014 (Wears No. 74)
Synopsis: He's a big kid, and he's been up to watch Penn State multiple times this season. Assistant coach Mac McWhorter sat in for his game Nov. 30, and it's clear McHale has high interest in Penn State. About a dozen colleges are recruiting him, and he said PSU is recruiting him the most. He has no offers yet, however.
Non-PSU recruits to watch: Clairton CB Titus Howard (Pitt commit), Clairton ATH Terrish Webb (Kent State commit)
Class AAA championship - Cathedral Prep vs. Archbishop Wood, 7 p.m. Friday
Synopsis: Penn State recently visited Cathedral Prep, and Manus-Schell is one of the recruits the staff is targeting. Manus-Schell called Penn State his top school right now because he grew up a fan. He basically shut down three-star wideout Brian Lemelle last week.
S Marlon Tyree Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep, 6-2, 180, Class of 2014 (Wears No. 21)
Synopsis: He's clearly interested in the Nittany Lions, and he's also currently being recruited by Buffalo. He saw a Bulls game earlier in the season.
LB Jake Plonski, unrated Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep, 6-1, 222, Class of 2013 (Wears No. 18)
Synopsis: He's being recruited as a preferred walk-on, and he's still deciding whether to accept that offer or head to an FCS school -- such as Robert Morris, which is offering him a scholarship. His 40 time came in a little high (5.15 seconds), but he attributed that to the lingering effects from a torn meniscus and ACL and said he's much faster now. He lost 30 pounds since January.
Class AAAA championship, North Allegheny vs. Coatesville, 6 p.m. Saturday
LB Tyler Burke Coatesville (Pa.), 6-4, 240, Class of 2014 (Wears No. 9)
Synopsis: Penn State was one of his early favorites, along with Notre Dame, Maryland, N.C. State and Boston College. He already holds three offers, and he starts at linebacker and tight end. His high school coach thinks Burke could become the most coveted recruit he's ever coached. Right now, though, that honor rests with former PSU cornerback Knowledge Timmons.
Non-PSU recruits to watch: North Allegheny QB Mack Leftwich (committed to UTEP), North Allegheny OG Patrick Kugler (committed to Michigan)