Penn State Blue-White recruiting list: Four-star OT, top WR targets dot early look
Jahan Dotson, wide receiver of Nazareth in PA at the NY/NJ The Opening football camp held at the New York Jets practice facility in Florham Park, NJ on May 1, 2016. Joe Hermitt, PennLive
The activities surrounding Penn State’s Blue-White game, scheduled for April 22 at 3 p.m. inside Beaver Stadium, will officially begin on Friday afternoon.
Long before then, though, the recruiting staffers inside the football program’s Lasch Building will be hard at work printing name tags, setting up the recruiting lounge at the stadium, and doing the other behind the scenes tasked required to be able to show off the campus, its facilities, and more to the many college football recruits that will be on hand.
Speaking of, some early names to know are starting to roll in.
Blue-White weekend is generally one of the program’s biggest recruiting opportunities of the year, and this one is expected to follow suit with plenty of top talent expected to come to State College for the day, or perhaps a little bit longer if their schedules allow the chance to come a day early or stay an extra night.
Notre Dame, Maryland, Temple, and Rutgers all have their spring games this weekend, as well, meaning PSU will likely miss out on the chance to host some recruits who might still decide to stay closer to home or see a program a bit further away. No matter, it’s always easier to get more big names to come when other schools PSU often competes with for recruits, like Ohio State and Michigan, have already played their public scrimmage.
So without further ado, here’s a look at some of the early names to know. PennLive will be updating its list throughout the week leading up to Saturday, so stay tuned.
Class of 2017
Generally speaking, as many of Penn State’s signees that can make the trip will be on hand. If you don’t remember who all filled out the class that will mostly arrive in June (four players are already on campus, by the way), get a refresher here:
Class of 2018
Penn State four-star tight end commits Zack Kuntz (Camp Hill) and Pat Freiermuth (North Andover, Mass.) will be on hand, and just like with the Class of 2017, expect most of PSU’s current 12 junior verbals to be on hand, including five-star Kennesaw, Ga., passer Justin Fields, four-star Woodbridge, Va., running back Ricky Slade, three-star Cumberland Valley linebacker Charlie Katshir, four-star Sachse, Tex., safety Isaiah Humphries, and five-star Harrisburg defensive end Micah Parsons, among others.
As for the uncommitted group, that list includes:
North Stafford, Va., four-star OT Nana Asiedu
He’s one of PSU’s top wants, and his high school head coach confirmed that Asiedu will be joined on the trip by 2019 North Stafford running back Devyn Ford.
Phoenix, Ariz. four-star WR Solomon Enis
Erie, Pa., Cathedral Prep four-star guard Juice Scruggs
Scout’s Bill Greene reporters that Scruggs plans to visit for the Blue-White game. He’s had a few visits planned to State College before that have fallen through, so this one, assuming it happens, will be good news for the Lions.
“I would say Coach Franklin and I share a special bond,” Scruggs told Scout. “I also feel Coach (Matt) Limegrover and I have a great relationship also, and I like how he coaches his players.”
He added that Ohio State and Penn State are currently his leaders.
Hightstown, N.J., Peddie School four-star WR Jahan Dotson
Eastern PA football fans might remember Dotson from his days at Nazareth, but the four-star has settled in at Peddie, but the Keystone State is still always on his mind. Dotson visited Ohio State this spring, and according to 247Sports, the Lions, Buckeyes, and Michigan are currently in the driver’s seat.
Belle Vernon, Pa., three-star OL Blake Zubovic
The 6-foot-4, 310-pound tackle confirmed with PennLive that he’s making the trip east to see PSU less than a month after the Lions offered at the end of March.
It might be too early to put him in commitment watch, but the big blocker does seem to like the Lions a lot.