Penn State Nittany Lions: Chris Britton

Trio of PSU pledges on Big 33 team

January, 13, 2013
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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.

Big board: PSU linebacker targets 

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Zayd IssahTom Hauck/ESPNHSLinebacker Zayd Issah's decision to recommit to Penn State will likely have more to do with Oregon than PSU.


What 2013 linebackers are most interested in Penn State? And, better yet, what uncommitted linebackers is PSU most interested in?

NittanyNation recently tried to gauge the recruiting temperature for those targets by talking to recruits and analyzing interest. Here's the big board:

2013 LB Chris Britton high on Lions 

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Penn State eyeing 2013 LB Chris Britton 

October, 17, 2012
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Calvin Everett's shirt stuck to his skin on a humid summer night as he listened to the echo of basketballs inside the Harrisburg (Pa.) High School gym.

The first-year football coach stood beneath the exit signs last season and hoped to find someone, anyone, who might contribute on the gridiron. Only a few minutes ticked off the clock before Everett's pulse quickened and his eyes widened. He found somebody -- power forward Chris Britton, his future middle linebacker and Penn State target.

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Rob Christy/US PresswireAssistant Larry Johnson has been recruiting 2013 linebacker Chris Britton.
"I didn't have a pencil or pad, I was just standing in the doorway and watching," Everett said. "And, after a few minutes, he just had so much size and so much energy. It's like he didn't get tired. He was just getting rebound after rebound."

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