East Recruiting Notebook

A look at the latest happenings across the East Region during the last week:


  Suffield (Conn. ) Academy four-star defensive tackle Christian Wilkins made an official visit to Clemson last weekend and is set to take in Penn State’s game against Michigan State this weekend while on an official visit to Happy Valley.

Wilkins is trying to finalize visit plans to Notre Dame next week, and is also trying to set a trip to Ohio State.  


  Baltimore Calvert Hall receiver  Lawrence Cager was shown plenty of love during an official visit to Wake Forest during the weekend.  

"Wake Forest has also been a top school for me and it left an impression on me as a great school with a good group of young guys, he said.  

Cager, who plays Thanksgiving morning, will officially visit Ohio State this weekend and will be at Virginia Tech for a Dec. 5 official visit and Notre Dame the following week. Alabama is also on his radar.  


  Four-star cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick is committed to Alabama, and the Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep standout said he does not have any other official visits set other than a Dec. 12 trip to Alabama. He took one to Florida State, but the Seminoles are lagging.  

Teammate Brandon Wimbush, a four-star quarterback, is committed to Notre Dame and Scout was told Fitzpatrick could still make a visit to South Bend, Ind.  


  St. Peter’s Prep linebacker Jordan Fox channeled his focus to the state championship game Dec. 5, and he said he will consider his official visit schedule after that. He is still looking at Virginia, Syracuse and Stanford.  



  Pittsburgh Central Catholic safety Johnny Petrishen was looking the hardest at Pittsburgh and Virginia, but his recruitment changed quite a bit when Penn State extended an offer. It puts the Nittany Lions solidly in the mix for him, and it would not be a surprise for the Nittany Lions to emerge as the leader soon.  


  Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.) School defensive end Austrian Robinson added a Penn State offer and he will get a close look at the campus Saturday. He is making an unofficial visit to campus for the Michigan State.  


  Josh Sweat, who is the East Region’s top player, will take his final official visit on Friday to Virginia Tech.  Sweat, who has previously taken officials to Florida State, Georgia and Ohio State, is closing in on a college decision. I expect him to make a commitment in the next two to three weeks.  


<p>Ricky DeBerry will take his final official visit this weekend to Alabama. The five-star Mechanicsville (Va.) Atlee outside linebacker has already taken officials to Michigan State, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas A&M. Along with those schools, he is still considering Penn State, Virginia and Virginia Tech. He will make his college decision on Dec. 19.  


  Garrett Taylor took an official visit to Ohio State last weekend. Now, the four-star Richmond (Va.) St. Christopher’s cornerback will take officials to Penn State this weekend and LSU on Dec. 5. Along with the aforementioned schools, Taylor is considering Virginia Tech and Miami.  

  After decommiting from Penn State last week, Adam McLean is focused on Arizona State, Clemson and Ole Miss. The four-star Gaithersburg (Md.) Quince Orchard defensive tackle is also considering Maryland and Washington State. He will take an official to Washington State this weekend and has another scheduled to Ole Miss on Jan. 17.  

McLean said Arizona State and Clemson will also definitely get officials and that they will both come before his Ole Miss trip.  Right now, it appears that Ole Miss has a slight edge.