East Recruiting Notes

Penn State had a big weekend with official visitors, and pulled in two more from the East region, including one in which it flexed its muscle in western Pennsylvania.

The Nittany Lions hosted Pittsburgh commit Nick Bowers of Kittanning (Pa.) High on an official visit, and during a Monday in-home with Penn State coach James Franklin and several assistants flipped to the Nittany Lions.

That came a day after Penn State landed Philadelphia George Washington defensive end Shareef Miller, who had the Panthers in his top five.

 

Penn State, Virginia and Pittsburgh are battling for Pittsburgh Central Catholic safety Johnny Petrishen. He made an official visit to Penn State over the weekend, and will be at Virginia this weekend. He visited Pittsburgh earlier this month and he said he will announce his decision Tuesday.

 

Rutgers swooped in late and picked up Paramus (N.J.) Catholic safety Najee Clayton, who elected to remain home over finalists Pittsburgh and Syracuse. Clayton was recruited to play either safety or linebacker.

 

Paramus Catholic outside linebacker Saleem Brightwell already made official visits to Miami and Missouri, but he felt most at home at Pittsburgh. So after returning from an official visit, he committed to the Panthers.

 

Pittsburgh needed to replace quarterback Alex Hornibrook in its class after the lefty from Malvern (Pa.) Prep flipped to Wisconsin, so new coach Pat Narduzzi offered and landed Pine-Richland (Pa.) High quarterback Ben DiNucci, who was committed to Penn.

 

Trinity Pawling (N.Y.) School defensive end Austrian Robinson is done with visits after making one to Ole Miss, and he told Scout he was now holding Maryland and the Rebels as co-leaders. Miami is also recruiting Robinson, and all three are slated to be in to see him either Wednesday or Thursday.

 

Baltimore Calvert Hall receiver Lawrence Cager was looking at other schools, and even took an official to Alabama after he announced his commit to Miami early this month, but his recruitment is now closed. Cager made an official visit to Miami over the weekend and left it by saying he was 100 percent committed to the Hurricanes.

 

It was an interesting weekend for Greenbelt (Md.) Eleanor Roosevelt four-star offensive tackle Isaiah Prince. He committed to Alabama late Thursday night, and word got out Friday morning. His coach, Thomas Greene, said Prince would not make his planned official visit to Ohio State, but then things changed and Prince wound up visiting.

 

Sam Madden did not stay uncommitted for long. The Barnegat (N.J.) High offensive tackle decommitted from Wisconsin the previous weekend, and this past weekend concluded his official visit to Georgia by committing to the Bulldogs.

 

<li > Jasason Lewis will take his final official visit to Ole Miss this weekend. According to sources, the Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes running back is no longer considering Tennessee or Florida, and is expected to sign with Arizona State next week. However, his recruitment has been has been entertaining to say the least, so until he signs his letter of intent, Ole Miss cannot be counted out.

 

Give Maryland loads of credit for making an impact in-state in the 2016 class. The Terps already had Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha running back Lorenzo Harrison and Olney (Md.) Good Counsel outside linebacker Keandre Jones committed, and this weekend pulled in DeMatha cornerback Darryl Turner.

 

Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s prep linebacker Jordan Fox announced his commitment to Stanford. His other finalist was Virginia.