2019 Recruiting Class Thread

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  1. Ranger Dan

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    A drop in the bucket as compared to being relevant in the playoff conversation and/or putting guys in the league.
     
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    Feels like a month ago, wow does time fly. Still feel bad for Anderson-Butts, he played such a big role in recruiting multiple guys to PSU in the latter months of the season last year only to ruled ineligible. Sounds like both sides have parted ways but wish he would have made it work somehow.
     
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    Another big visit to UM next week is Zach Harrison. Going to ohowIhate also.
    However, a little birdie told me Penn State has always impressed him.
    Penn State may not land him, but I honestly don't think he is lock for the suckeyes.

    OL
     
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    Mann can you imagine what would happen if we get Zach Harrison? There would be a meltdown of epic proportions on all three levels:

    1) OSU meltdown (in a bad way)
    2) PSU meltdown (in an absolutely fantastic way with happy tears)
    3) National media meltdown (going bonkers with the notion that PSU is well on its way to take over the B1G)

    I know one recruit doesn't make or break a class/school... but taking the top ranked recruit from under the nose of OSU would be legit cray cray!
     
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    Saban doesn't need to pay
     
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    YIKES, Asiedu appears he could handle a few defense positions also.

    Up Close & Personal: Nana Asiedu

    David Eckert
    Blue White Illustrated

    Nana Asiedu
    was thinking about going out for football at North Stafford (Va.) High. Coach Joe Mangano thought that would be a good idea – so good, in fact, that he gave the young athlete a guarantee.

    Asiedu, then a freshman, had played football in middle school but shifted his focus to basketball during his first year of high school. He had earned All-Region honors as a freshman on the basketball team, but Mangano saw football potential in the young athlete.
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    Asiedu was a U.S. Army All-American in 2018.
    “He was 6-foot-5, 240 and just looked like a future offensive tackle, I thought,” Mangano said. “He came to me at the end of the season and said, ‘I want to come out for football.’ I said, ‘Nana, if you come out for football, I guarantee if you do anything on film at all, [show] any kind of potential, you’ll have Division I scholarships all around the nation.’”

    Mangano’s prediction was spot on. Asiedu drew offers from at least one school in every Power Five conference, earning 27 offers in total. Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 141 prospect in the country and the 11th-best offensive tackle.

    Asiedu’s choice was a game changer, both for him and Mangano. The year before Asiedu joined the team, North Stafford went 6-6. But in his first season of football, the Wolverines won nine games, and they followed that performance by going 7-5 in 2016 and 8-4 last fall.

    Soon to be a Penn State freshman, Asiedu said the close-knit environment he saw at a junior day last February ultimately played the biggest role in his decision to continue his football career at PSU.

    “What sold me was the family environment and how I could feel that the coaches really care for the players here,” Asiedu said. “Not just that, but the tradition at the school, too, with the football program and the people around it.”

    Part of an offensive line class that included three four-star recruits, the 6- foot-5, 275-pound Asiedu will be looking to help give the Nittany Lions the same kind of boost that he gave North Stafford.

    “I think you take Nana at one tackle, you take

    Rasheed [Walker]
    at the other tackle, you put Juice [Scruggs]
    at center and then you have a situation with

    [Bryce] Effner
    being a swing guy who could play either guard, possibly center or tackle, then I think we’ve put a helluva class together,” coach James Franklin said during his signing day teleconference.

    Asiedu admitted that he had some doubts after returning to the football field. But he quickly proved himself, excelling on the offensive and defensive lines, even catching six touchdown passes as a tight end during his junior season.

    Eventually, though, Asiedu settled in at left tackle. During his senior season, he didn’t allow a single sack.

    “He’s going to be a typical 310-, 315- pound offensive tackle that you see at schools like Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan,” Mangano said. “He’s going to be that prototypical left tackle. But with his athleticism, he’s a little bit different than some of the other ones.”

    Asiedu is a quick study, Mangano added. That talent helped him catch up fast after not playing football as a freshman. He went on to fill a variety of roles at North Stafford, even lining up at times on the outside as a receiver.

    Pair that skill set with Asiedu’s elite physical gifts, and the Nittany Lions are getting the full package.

    “Nana is an extremely rare talent – long, athletic, one of those guys who is strong physically and then athletically gifted,” Mangano said. “We just did the bench press the other day in the weight room and he hit 355 for one rep for being his age with his long arms. He did 225 18 times the week before, so he’s got some pretty good physical gifts. When you’re the left tackle, you’re kind of the cornerstone of the offensive line, and that’s what he was this year for us.”

    You wouldn’t get a sense of Asiedu’s talent through conversation, however. The Virginia native, who spent two years as a captain for North Stafford, handles his business with a quiet confidence.

    His words aren’t loud, but his on-field performance certainly is.

    “He’s not the rah-rah guy,” Mangano said. “He’s not your hype guy. He’s very cerebral. He’s locked in. He does his job. He works. But you’re not going to hear him.”
     
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    He's already a beast. Imagine what he will become with Penn State's strength and conditioning program.
     
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    I like your enthusiasm, but at this point we are already elite relative to the big ten, and one recruit isn’t going to make us more elite-we... Also, just because Harrison is keeping an open mind doesn’t mean that he won’t end up a buckeye. Now that I’ve rained on your parade, I will say that I would be thrilled to see him in blue and white.
     
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    "Quit, you're on full scholarship," said Franklin, prompting the roars of Vasey's teammates.
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    Nittany Lions add Vasey to scholarship roster

    [​IMG]Nate Bauer • BlueWhiteIllustrated.com
    @NateBauerBWI

    Penn State added another specialist to its scholarship roster this week, announced Tuesday afternoon when walk-on long-snapper Kyle Vasey was surprised by his teammates and head coach James Franklin


    Set to enter his senior year as a Nittany Lion, originally out of Wallenpaupack, Vasey has been a walk-on with the program for each of the past four seasons. And though he took a redshirt his first season and wouldn't see action as a second- or third-year player, Vasey's diligence paid off during the 2017-18 season.

    Starting all 13 games as Penn State's long snapper, Vasey became an integral piece to Penn State's special teams units.

    And now, he's on scholarship.

    Surrounded by teammates, head coach James Franklin sought out the few players on the team working jobs this summer. Vasey, identifying himself as working five nights a week from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. at a downtown bar, quickly saw his status change.

    "So how many hours a week are you doing," asked Franklin.

    "25-30," said Vasey.

    "Quit, you're on full scholarship," said Franklin, prompting the roars of Vasey's teammates.
     
  10. Rip_E_2_Joe_PA

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    NANA is a real intense and talented man!

    Hell, I would run without fear behind Nana, Juice and Rasheed and I am 67 years old, have no left ACL and need two hips replaced. lol
     
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    Ya know Bob, you could also beef-up like Asiedu if you wanted.:rolleyes:
    Triple those lattes ...
     
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    Hell Rip, Georgia Tech has a tune for you...
     
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    LOL -

    Point of info - “Running behind” and at 67 “having the runs behind,” aren’t the same thing.

    Still, liked your example. ;)
     
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    https://247sports.com/college/penn-...-3-four-star-QBs-remain-uncommitted-118997714

    Also hailing from the West Coast is Eugene (Ore.) Sheldon Top247 signal-caller Michael Johnson Jr. — the man with the laser-timed 4.58 in the 40-yard dash. Oregon is the 247Sports Crystal Ball favorite ... but Johnson won’t be a Duck. My forecast has been on Miami since late February. Led by Jon Richt’s efforts, the Hurricanes have made the 6-foot-2, 192-pound Johnson feel like a priority. Richt made regular visits to the school and head coach Mark Richt made it out during the evaluation period as well. There’s no doubt in my mind Miami led in the spring. However, an official visit to Penn State this past weekend at the very least has given Johnson pause. He enjoyed his time in Happy Valley as James Franklin and his staff look to add another four-star in 2019 to go along with Ta’Quan Roberson. For Miami, It’s Johnson-or-bust. He heads to Florida State for an official on June 22. Nothing else is scheduled. Arizona State, NC State and LSU are three others Johnson named as finalists. Johnson is the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback and No. 201 in the 247Sports Composite.
     
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    I'm afraid he already has!
     
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    I'm 69 Rip, if I try to run up hill, I fall backward. If I try to run down hill, I fall forward.
     
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    I could bulk up like Asiedu, but I choose not to.

    On a related note, Nate Bauer above looks like my kind of guy. :eek:
     
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    Oh I'm sure he will get many support dollars sir.

    It's the $EC way.
     
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    It never gets old that video.

    Great stuff coach and kid!!
     
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    Good The Athletic article on the recruitment of Tyreke Smith. ($$$)

    https://theathletic.com/354279/2018/06/13/tyreke-smith-rough/

    Huge difference between Urban Meyer and James Franklin.

    “We were all sitting down and my mom wanted to make it known how she felt,” Malik said. “Urban can come off as cocky … ”

    “He is cocky,” Michelle Smith interjected. “Talking to him, cut you off. Forget who his players are. I was like, ‘How is Jaylen (Harris) doing?’ He’d be like, ‘Who?’ I’d say, ‘Ty’s (former) teammate, a player of yours, what the hell, who?’ I told him.”

    “Man,” Malik interjected, “she let him have it. (Meyer) was sitting right next to me, and I was like, ‘Ooo.’ His whole soul just left him. She was being honest with him, saying, ‘I was not a fan of yours, I did not think that you were honest about everything with your players, that you just wanted my son for football,’ and basically went down this whole list.”

    “I didn’t like the texts,” Michelle added. “He had blanket texts. If you’re going to text me, have some substance. Every single morning you could tell it was a message he was sending to every parent. And I told him that I’m not every parent. The statistics, the number of degrees, it was just a commercial he would send every morning. I don’t need that. If you’re going to send me something, send me something of substance. Talk about my son. Ask me how I am doing or how my husband was doing. I didn’t like it, so I told him. It wasn’t for me. Maybe some people just get all excited just receiving a message from Urban Meyer, but it didn’t have that impact on me.”

    “If you don’t know Coach Meyer and you’re just another recruit to him — kind of like it is with (Alabama’s) Nick Saban,” Tyreke said. “If you’re talking to them on the phone with them or something like that, they aren’t the best to talk on the phone with. You need to get to know them or they’ll turn you the wrong way. Sometimes it just seems like they are football coaches.”
     
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    Why the hell did he chose the buckeyes then? I’m confused.
     
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    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.........................talks.
     
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    yet Ty Smith is at OSU ... did the article have any info on a change of heart for Malik and Michelle
     
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    The parents had issues with urban. Maybe the kid didn’t. Plus, one of high-school teammates was playing for Tosu.
     
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    Derick Hunter - listed as a DE at 6'6" and 285. That size (285) says DT to me. Is he being recruited as an end or a tackle?

    TIA

    OL
     
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    Yep

    Imo this is why we won’t land Harrison. Osu will just not let it happen. They’ll do whatever it takes.

    Now I admit Zach seems like a kid who isn’t going to influenced. But I fear Osu will make an offer they just can’t refuse
     
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    That's quite a burn.
     
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    https://theathletic.com/354279/2018/06/13/tyreke-smith-rough/ $$$

    So when Tyreke committed to Ohio State, she had to FaceTime Franklin and break the news alongside Tyreke. Michelle was crying as she tried to explain how it wasn’t anything Penn State did. She was concerned about her family’s word because they had given a verbal commitment. She didn’t want Penn State to think they were lying.

    “It was terrible,” Michelle said. “And the fact they weren’t saying much was making it worse.”

    As Michelle remembers it, Franklin said, “We had your word, and this really puts us in a bad position. We slated Ty to be here."

    “We do, but this is ultimately his decision, and we supported it,” Michelle said. “Look, I’d be pissed, too. And I was honest with them about the reason Ty wanted to go to Ohio State.”

    That was the last time a coach from Penn State and the Smiths spoke.
     
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    Tyreke Smith was a silent verbal to Penn State at one point?
     
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    Welp...answered my own question in the first sentence of the article....

    CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — Before he decided to never be silent, before the T-shirt, before he committed to Penn State and before his mother had a candid conversation with Urban Meyer the night he flipped to Ohio State..."
     
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    Can’t read the whole article ...So what was the reason he claims as to why he committed to PSU ?

    LJsr?
     
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    Not going to read the article? I’ll save you time. It was LJ. His whole recruiting pitch boils down to, “I’ll take care of your young black prince and sent him to the League.” I sat through it with a recruit. Quite frankly, I, and a number of coaches on the staff, found it nauseating. As soon as I saw the BLM T-shirt I was absolutely certain he was O$U bound. It is a testament to Franklin we were even in it, much less our being able to receive a verbal commitment.
     
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    I hear you. Reason I don’t believe that LJ was the “real” reason is because it ain’t like LJ just joined the Osu staff the week before he flipped. It isn’t like LJ wasn’t involve in his recruitment for months and months.
     
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    thanks for follow-up
     
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    It doesn't sound like his parents were happy with Tyreke's decision to go to OSU. It actually sounds like they are openly against the decision.
     
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    It's impossible to fault a kid for wanting to be coached by LJ Sr. He worked miracles at PSU for decades. HURRY UP AND RETIRE ALREADY GO HANG OUT WITH YOUR GRANDKIDS
     
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    I’m not sure how different that is than Franklin selling recruits on his goal to be the first AA head coach to win a national championship.

    I don’t doubt that Franklin’s overall recruiting pitch might very well be more robust and well-rounded than Urban’s/LJ’s NFL-focused approach, but Franklin is certainly keenly aware that a lot of kids are attracted to the thought of having that shared life experience with their head coach (and most of Penn State’s staff, really) and won’t hesitate to share it with recruits.
     
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    Again If he was the reason for going to osu. Why committ to PSU originally? LJ was on the Osu staff already. Was already involved in the recruitment of Smith .....
     
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    Is this still a 2019 recruiting class thread?

    Just wondering.....


    :confused:
     

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