Penn State target is ready to announce, James Franklin sees an important Pittsburgh family, more: Lions notes
Penn State recruit Dallas Gant visits for the Ohio State game on Oct. 22, 2016Joe Hermitt | email@example.com
Toledo, Ohio four-star Class of 2018 linebacker Dallas Gant is set to announce his college choice next Tuesday at 3:30 p.m., and Penn State is in the running.
The Lions are unlikely to land the 6-foot-3, 225-pound talent who is the No. 5 outside linebacker in the nation according to 247Sports, though, as that outlet’s Crystal Ball feature has 15 of 15 predictions logged for Ohio State. The Buckeyes are one of five finalists along with the Lions, Notre Dame, Michigan, and Michigan State, and have long been considered the leader.
Why bring this recruitment up at all, then?
Schools can usually learn something from every recruitment, win or lose, and this one is no different. The lesson can be taken from a quote Gant gave Bill Kurelic of the recruiting site Bucknuts.
“My first visit [to Penn State] I didn’t expect too much,” Gant said. “But they have great players and great coaches. I really liked that place. They just grew on me.”
The linebacker’s statement is yet another example of how the Lions are able to immerse recruits with an experience that can change their mindset about the school during just one trip to campus, which is what happened back in July, when Gant first came to University Park, before returning again to see the Lions topple Ohio State at Beaver Stadium.
It doesn’t look like that on-field win will pay dividends in this off-field battle, but if the experience helps Penn State secure a different commitment, then the goal was accomplished.
Franklin makes a recruiting stop.. sort of
Not for a lack of trying, of course.
But Wade and the Bears went deep into the PIAA playoffs, Penn State’s season ran long thanks to a trip to Indianapolis to win the Big Ten title, and Wade enrolled in January, meaning there weren’t too many days for the Lions head coach and the Wade family to come together, especially considering the dead period starts in mid-December and runs over the holidays and into the start of the winter semester.
At any rate, it wasn’t needed to make sure the four-star and darling of Penn State’s spring practices picked the Lions, but Franklin wasn’t going to completely forget about the opportunity to sit and chat with Wade’s family, as he stopped in on Thursday after the Coaches Caravan stop in Pittsburgh.
Wade, of course, is finishing up his first semester at Penn State with his teammates, and will head into summer conditioning fully expecting to be a part of the Lions’ game day plans later this year.
Coach Franklin with the visit,great person and coach pic.twitter.com/hqqj0zrA2D
— Mr Wade (@cjwade0312_wade) May 11, 2017
Updated class snapshot
Penn State’s 13 verbal commitments has it No. 2 in the 247Sports’ Composite rankings behind a steadfast Miami, who sits at No. 1 with 17 verbal commitments in the Class of 2018.
LSU’s 15 pledges puts it No. 3, while Ohio State, with nine commits, rounds out the top four.