February 2, 2011 |
When the recruiting race for the Class of 2011 began in earnest last summer, Penn State appeared to be stuck in the starting gate. The Nittany Lions had only four oral commitments as of mid-October. They appeared to have waited much longer than other schools to offer scholarships, and there was the persistent question of whether then-83-year-old coach Joe Paterno was more of a hindrance to recruiting than a help. But the Lions, capitalizing on the coaching change at Pittsburgh while loading up at defensive end and along the offensive line, used a late closing kick to overtake some of their Big Ten rivals as national signing day arrives on Wednesday.
July 10, 2008 |
Motivated by watching his sibling, Kenny Boynton Jr. gave basketball a try in the sixth grade. "I was always around it," Boynton said of watching his older brother, Deondre, play in a church league. "I used to go outside every day. We got an outside goal, and I used to shoot every day. By the ninth grade, I knew my game had gotten a little better. " A little better is an understatement. Now a senior-to-be at American Heritage High (Fla.), Boynton is one of the headliners at the Reebok All-American Camp at Philadelphia University.
June 15, 2012 |
Brandon Bell said he wasn't much of a Penn State football fan as a youngster. But he always knew one thing about the Nittany Lions. "That's Linebacker U," said Bell, who will be a senior in the fall at Oakcrest High School in Mays Landing, N.J. He is the first linebacker in the class of 2013 to commit to Penn State. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Bell, a three-star recruit by rivals.com and scout.com, said he made up his mind to commit to Penn State after making his second visit to State College last week.
August 11, 2011
The struggling United Football League announced Wednesday that it will play a shorter season with four teams instead of five with the Hartford (Conn.) Colonials suspending operations. The UFL, which has lost more than $100 million it its first two years, said it will play a condensed regular-season schedule starting Sept. 15. Without Hartford, the second-tier pro league is left with teams in Omaha, Neb.; Norfolk, Va.; Las Vegas; and Sacramento, Calif. Each team will play six regular-season games instead of eight.
June 23, 2012 |
Cousins P.J. Walker and Jihaad Pretlow simultaneously gave oral commitments Friday to play football at Temple. Walker, a quarterback at Elizabeth High School (N.J.), and Pretlow, a running back at Blair Academy (N.J.), became the Owls' sixth and seventh commitments for the Class of 2013. "We talked about it, and we thought about it, and we pretty much planned it together," Pretlow told Scout.com about the rising seniors' joint announcement. "We want to help Temple take off and take the Big East by storm.
June 25, 2012 |
Penn State added one of the top offensive tackle prospects in the country Sunday when junior Dorian Johnson became the 12th member of the Nittany Lions' recruiting class for 2013, according to recruiting websites. Johnson, from Belle Vernon, Pa., has been on campus many times, but visited with his family this weekend. He planned to stay close to home and chose Penn State over Pittsburgh. He lives about three hours from State College. Among his other offers were Alabama, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Wisconsin.
May 19, 2012 |
Concerned Temple football fans need to chill, according to one recruiting analyst. It's too early to panic because Temple doesn't have a commitment for the Class of 2013, said Bob Lichtenfels, the East regional manager for Scout.com recruiting service. Judging by last summer, Lichtenfels may be on to something. Temple didn't get its first commitment for the Class of 2012 until May 27, 2011. By July 11, the Owls had secured 21. But some Temple fans believe the expectations are now higher, considering the team is going into the Big East Conference.
July 7, 2009 |
Going into his junior season of high school, Michael Gilchrist is regarded as the nation's top college basketball prospect. Many believe the Somerdale resident's college of choice is Kentucky. After all, Gilchrist, who commutes almost every day from Somerdale in Camden County to St. Patrick's High School in Elizabeth, N.J., revealed he wanted to play for John Calipari at Memphis two years ago. In April, Calipari became the head coach at Kentucky. And since Gilchrist's uncle, William Wesley, and Calipari are close friends, he's a lock to sign with Kentucky, right?
September 4, 2012 |
INTER MILAN and Telecom Italia have reportedly been ordered to pay Christian Vieri 1 million euros ($1.26 million) in damages for spying on the player through phone taps. The ANSA news agency and the Gazzetta dello Sport report that a Milan court made the decision Monday. Vieri filed a lawsuit against his former club and Telecom for a combined 21 million euros ($26 million) in damages 5 years ago, after word leaked that they had spied on him to monitor his life off the pitch.
January 16, 2012 |
When Penn State fans heard Bill O'Brien say he would complete his duties with the New England Patriots before he moved full-time into the head coach's office, they thought this would put the Nittany Lions at a disadvantage with undecided high school recruits. But what they found out was that television loves a good story, and the CBS announcers made frequent mentions of O'Brien, the Patriots' offensive coordinator, and his new job at Penn State during Saturday night's telecast of the AFC divisional playoff between New England and Denver.