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Week in review: NittanyNation

February, 24, 2013
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NittanyNation takes a look at this week’s Penn State football news and what you might have missed:

Bushell-Beatty, Shanley enjoy PSU visit 

February, 20, 2013
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Paramus (N.J.) Catholic teammates Juwann Bushell-Beatty and Steve Shanley said their Wednesday trip to see Penn State couldn't have gone much better.

Visit to PSU impresses CB Peppers 

February, 20, 2013
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Before Wednesday's visit, Penn State wasn't even in cornerback Jabrill Peppers' top 10.

He could pick just about any school in the country. Why pick the Nittany Lions? Why not go to the SEC? Or, at the very least, a school not mired in NCAA sanctions? Peppers' coach at Paramus (N.J.) Catholic, Chris Partridge, told the ESPN Watch List prospect to just trust him. Just visit Penn State, he said. You'll like it.


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Three Paramus (N.J.) Catholic juniors -- including an ESPN Watch List prospect -- will wake up and hit the road at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday for Happy Valley, while another four are set to visit for an upcoming junior day.

Those seven recruits were all invited to Saturday's official junior day, but cornerback Jabrill Peppers was unable to make it. So he and two teammates -- quarterback Steve Shanley and offensive tackle Juwann Bushell-Beatty -- will instead come up a few days early to check out the facilities and watch some workouts.

Paramus Catholic coach Chris Partridge said the other four hoped to visit this Saturday. However, in a move another high school coach confirmed, the Nittany Lions are in the midst of scheduling a second unofficial junior day to host players. The quartet will attend that instead because they're heading up to UMass this weekend.

"I don't know if all of these kids will be offer-type kids for them," Partridge acknowledged. "But they're all doing well academically, and I think it's just kind of like getting in there and forming a relationship. But we have a lot of talent, and they're doing what they have to do in the classroom."

Here's a closer look at those seven players:

    Jabrill Peppers
    Jared Shanker/ESPN.comWatch List CB Jabrill Peppers will visit Penn State Wednesday with two of his high school teammates.

  • CB Jabrill Peppers, 6-foot, 185 pounds: He's the defensive back that every college in the country is clamoring for. His offer sheet reads like a who's who in the FBS: Alabama, Florida, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, etc. PSU is currently on the outside looking in when it comes to Peppers' top five, but getting him on campus now is obviously a move in the right direction. He's the only Paramus Catholic player right now who boasts an offer from PSU.


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Reviewing PSU's big recruiting weekend 

November, 1, 2012
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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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It was the first college visit for Paramus (N.J.) Catholic defensive lineman Nick Flores. It might be hard for any visit from here on out to top it, though.

The 2014 defensive tackle took a trip to Penn State this past weekend for the Ohio State game with some teammates, and the 6-foot, 255-pound junior enjoyed every part of it.

"The atmosphere was great, fans were good, everything was nice," Flores said. "I really liked it up there."

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Steve Shanley and some of his Paramus (N.J.) Catholic teammates were a little late making it to Penn State on Saturday for their visit. However, the bad traffic and tardiness caused the junior quarterback to run into one of the Nittany Lions' best signal-callers in program history.

As the group had to park in "Wisconsin" as Shanley put it, it was not until around 4:30 they got into the stadium for the 5:30 kickoff. Penn State coaches wanted recruits to get in by 3:30, so they had to leave Shanley's tickets at will call. While waiting in line, one of Shanley's teammates nudged him and noticed a familiar face.

"We waited in line with Kerry Collins," Shanley said. Collins quarterbacked Penn State to an undefeated season in 1994. "I was more of a little bit in awe. I didn't notice it was him but guys with me said, 'That's Kerry Collins.' "

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