Penn State Nittany Lions: Brian Lemelle

Trio of PSU pledges on Big 33 team

January, 13, 2013
Three future Penn State players -- two commits, one preferred walk-on -- have earned spots on the Pennsylvania team in the Big 33 Football Classic, an annual all-star game that now pits players from Maryland and the Keystone state.

Three-star athlete Zayd Issah (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) will play outside linebacker, while four-star OL Andrew Nelson (Hershey, Pa./Hershey) will be on offensive line. Preferred walk-on Evan Galimberti (State College, Pa./State College) will join him there.

Maryland will not choose its team until next month. The game will kick off on Saturday, June 15 at 7:06 p.m., in HersheyPark Stadium.

The all-star game traces its roots to 1957 and has at times included Texas, Ohio and East Pa. vs. West Pa. This will be the first year Pennsylvania doesn't play Ohio in 14 years; the Big 33 signed a five-year contract with Maryland in late October.

In the last meeting between Pennsylvania and Maryland was in 1992. Pennsylvania won 38-0.

Other familiar names to make the team include Pitt commit WR Tyler Boyd, PSU target LB Chris Britton, Pitt commit (and former PSU commit) OL Dorian Johnson, PSU target WR Brian Lemelle, South Carolina commit RB David Williams and Michigan State commits QB Damion Terry and SS Delton Williams.

The Big 33 has a full roster here.

PSU recruits guide in PIAA: Class AAA 

December, 16, 2012
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

CB Felix Manus-Schell

NittanyNation Friday mailbag

December, 14, 2012
Welcome to NittanyNation's first-ever mailbag! We asked you to tweet your questions this week, and we've selected three to answer in-depth -- starting with the question we received most.

Brian Wess (@bwessfootball) writes: What's Penn State's next move for a quarterback? Tyler Ferguson?

Josh Moyer: You hit the nail right on the head, Brian. I spoke with Ferguson and his junior college coach briefly Thursday, and that's exactly what's at play here. Penn State made it clear Jake Waters was Plan A. When that fell through, the staff contacted Ferguson and offered him a scholarship as their Plan B.

Ferguson said he'll commit to a school at some point this morning. He's on the West Coast, though, and plays for Bakersfield (Calif.) College of the Sequioias, so it could still be a few hours. At this point, though, it's pretty clear that Penn State is Ferguson's top choice. Houston already has three quarterbacks as part of its 2013 class, while PSU has just one scholarship QB for the spring. You do the math.

Ferguson's addition would help PSU -- but he's no Waters. Iowa Western's QB threw one interception for every 111 attempts; Ferguson one for every 29 attempts. Steven Bench had a head start against Waters in learning Penn State's pro-style offense, but Bench has to be considered a much higher favorite to start in 2013 now that another quarterback -- likely Ferguson -- is coming on instead.

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Watch: 2013 WR Lemelle talks offers

November, 20, 2012

Reviewing PSU's big recruiting weekend 

November, 1, 2012
ESPN's RecruitingNation spent the past week talking to nearly 20 recruits who attended the Penn State-Ohio State game.

Although the Nittany Lions lost, those recruits said the result didn't negatively affect their opinion of the school. Three-star athlete Zayd Issah said a winning tradition is important, but a single win or loss won't impact recruits one way or another.

That sentiment was echoed by nearly a dozen other recruits who were asked. Overall, the 18 interviewed prospects said their trips to Happy Valley were memorable ones -- most because of the crowd, some become of the family atmosphere and few for other reasons.

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WR Brian Lemelle's PSU opinion changes 

October, 29, 2012
A central Pennsylvania native, Brian Lemelle (Bishop McDevitt) has watched Penn State offenses for quite some time now. He's watched them on TV and in person.

In all those years watching the Nittany Lions offense operate, it never resembled anything like he saw Saturday on his visit to Penn State for the Ohio State game.

"I like what I've seen with Coach [Bill] O'Brien with the offense," the three-star receiver said. "They spread it out and got the ball out wide receivers. ... It impressed me a lot to see that, being more of a pass offense."

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Visitors' list: Plenty of RBs to attend 

October, 24, 2012
Penn State StadiumJustin K. Aller/Getty ImagesDozens of prospects are expected to be in Happy Valley this weekend.
More high school tailbacks will be on the sideline Saturday night than Penn State will have on the field.

More than 40 recruits are expected to be in Happy Valley for this season's biggest game, and there will be no shortage of running backs. About half-a-dozen scholarship or scholarship-worthy backs will be in the crowd, and NittanyNation gives you a rundown of those backs -- as well as other players who have committed to attend:

Scholarship backs

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2015 RB Andre Robinson aiming high 

September, 12, 2012
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Andre Robinson sprawled out on a bench late in the third quarter, as if he were watching a movie. He didn't sweat, didn't gasp for air; he just smiled and chatted with a teammate.

"I don't get tired," the sophomore tailback said matter-of-factly.

Robinson's conditioning and athleticism have forced college coaches to take notice. The Bishop McDevitt standout already holds offers from Boston College and Pitt, and fans aren't shy in comparing him to former greats at the school -- such as Ricky Watters, LeSean McCoy and Jameel Poteat.

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WR Brian Lemelle undecided about future 

September, 10, 2012
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Brian Lemelle smiled and shrugged his shoulders: He wasn't quite sure where he'd land on signing day.

Brian Lemelle
Jared Shanker/ Brian Lemelle has not committed yet but is interested in Penn State.
The three-star wideout hasn't scheduled any official visits. He has no favorites. And his only unofficial trips have been to Virginia, West Virginia, Cincinnati and Penn State.

"I just want to take my time with it," the Bishop McDevitt standout said. "If the right school comes along, I'll make my decision then."

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