Thursday, April 18, 2013
Visitors list for B-W Game: 2014 prospects
By Josh Moyer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- At least a dozen 2014 prospects will be taking in the annual Blue-White Game on Saturday, and the staff is hoping a a large crowd will be able to persuade at least one recruit to commit.
Here's a list of those visitors, complete with an overview on each player, in addition to a list of some big-name prospects who'll be elsewhere.
RB Mark Allen (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha): He was the first commit of Penn State's 2014 class, and he said he's bringing along DeMatha teammates QB John Lovett and LB JaWhaun Bentley. He's currently ahead of schedule in recovering from an ACL tear.
RB Nick Scott (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax): Another PSU commit, Scott said he couldn't wait for the scrimmage: "Wouldn't miss it for anything!" He also has the ability to be utilized as a safety.
RB Qadree Ollison (Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius): He hails from the same high school as OL John Urschel, and one assistant coach told NittanyNation he expects Ollison to come away with an offer this weekend. PSU is recruiting him at running back, a position PSU isn't really in need of now, but Ollison's recruitment is starting to blow up. He received four offers in a 48-hour span this week.
De'Andre Thompkins headlines a deep group of visitors to Saturday's spring game.
WR/ATH De'Andre Thompkins (Swansboro, N.C./Swansboro): He's near the top of PSU's big board, and he could become the headliner of this class if he chooses to commit. PSU mainly wants him at wideout but told him he could also double as a nickelback and/or a returner.
WR/TE Mike Gesicki (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional): Gesicki said he can't make it up to the Blue-White Game, but he'll be visiting Friday. He's been to PSU a few times now and is high on the Nittany Lions, but he doesn't yet hold an offer.
OT Quenton Nelson (Red Bank, N.J/Red Bank Catholic): Penn State recently made his top five, but Notre Dame and Ohio State are the favorites right now. He's on the ESPN Watch List, and ESPN's scouts love his physicality.
OT Noah Beh (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep): He's only about 245 pounds, but Bill O'Brien couldn't resist offering the 6-foot-7 lineman because of his tough, blue-collar ability. Most teams are recruiting him as a defensive end, so Beh's very versatile here.
OT Alex Bars (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy): His brother, Brad Bars, is a defensive end at Penn State -- but he has ties elsewhere, too. His father played at Notre Dame, and his other brother is at Michigan. Bars is also a fan of the SEC.
DT Thomas Holley (Brooklyn, N.Y./Abraham Lincoln): He has just one year of football experience, but he's already done enough to garner scholarship offers from some of the top programs in the country. He's incredibly quick and athletic for a big guy, and DL coach Larry Johnson told him he's very coachable.
DT Peter Mokwuah (Staten Island, N.Y./St. Joseph-by-the-sea): This will be his second visit to Happy Valley, although he does not yet hold a PSU offer.
DB Omar Truitt (Washington D.C./St. John's College High): He previously called Penn State his dream school, but the staff didn't keep close tabs on him for quite a few months. He doesn't yet hold an offer.
S Marcus Allen (Upper Marlboro, Md./Henry A. Wise): He visited campus less than a full month ago, and he's up to about 20 offers now. PSU would love to land Allen as its first DB of the class. He used to play linebacker, and he brings that same mentality as a defensive back.