August 19, 2010
Penn State has not played Pitt since 2000, but in recent years the Nittany Lions have had their way with their one-time archrivals in the recruiting battles for the finest high school prospects in central and western Pennsylvania. Coach Dave Wannstedt's Panthers reversed that trend somewhat yesterday when Kyshoen Jarrett, a 5-11, 182-pound cornerback from East Stroudsburg South High who reportedly had been leaning toward Penn State, became Pitt's 15th commitment for the class of 2011.
January 23, 2012 |
On a weekend when Penn State mourned the death of former head coach Joe Paterno, the football program received some hopeful news Sunday when four high school recruits gave oral commitments to new head coach Bill O'Brien and his staff, according to web reports. The four include teammates from Calvert Hall College High School in Baltimore - wide receiver Trevor Williams and cornerback Da'Quon Davis. Both players committed to West Virginia but decided to reopen their recruitment after three WVU assistant coaches took jobs at Arizona.
January 17, 2011 |
One minute, highly recruited defensive end Ishaq Williams of Brooklyn was packing for a visit to Penn State, considering enrollment there for the spring semester. The next minute, Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco was making an appointment to visit the New Yorker at 4:30 a.m., or just before Williams and his father were to leave last Friday for Happy Valley. According to several reports, Diaco's visit clinched it for the 6-foot-6, 225-pound Williams, who starred at Abraham Lincoln High.
May 14, 2014 |
Shortly after he was introduced as Penn State's new football coach on Jan. 11, James Franklin excited the members of Nittany Nation - and irked a number of nonbelievers - by saying the Nittany Lions were going to "dominate the state" in recruiting. Four months after his hiring, Franklin has backed up his words. The Lions have received oral commitments for the freshman class of 2015 from 16 high school players, an atypical number for so early in the recruiting season. More noteworthy, all but two of Penn State's pledges to date are from areas within a six-hour drive of Happy Valley, or what Franklin considers "in-state.
January 31, 2008 |
Basketball junkies looking to get a glimpse of the nation's premier high school teams and players are in luck. Five teams nationally ranked by USA Today will play in tournaments tomorrow and Saturday at the Pavilion at Villanova. Among the scheduled teams are top-ranked St. Anthony of Jersey City, N.J.; third-ranked St. Benedict's Prep of Newark, N.J.; and sixth-ranked Chester. Top prospects expected to play include Tyreke Evans of American Christian; Samardo Samuels of St. Benedict's Prep; Terrelle Pryor of Jeannette (Pa.)
November 17, 2009 |
St. Joseph's signed three basketball players ranked among the nation's top 150 prospects by Rivals.com, and La Salle, which announced two signings Saturday, added a highly regarded point guard to next season's class. The weeklong fall period for recruits to sign binding NCAA letters of intent ends tomorrow. The Hawks announced the signings of C.J. Aiken, a 6-foot-9 center from Plymouth Whitemarsh; Langston Galloway, a 6-3 combination guard from Baton Rouge, La.; and Daryus Quarles, a 6-7 forward from Paulsboro.
January 14, 2008 |
As expected, Penn State cornerback Justin King will forgo his final collegiate season and enter the NFL draft in April, his stepfather, Terry Smith, said yesterday. Smith told the Web site scout.com yesterday that his stepson informed Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley of his decision last week. As a junior, King cannot officially declare for the draft until tomorrow. Because he has yet to sign with an agent, the all-Big Ten cornerback could withdraw his name from consideration by Friday.
February 21, 2011 |
For area prospects Mark Herzlich, Pat Devlin, and Da'Rel Scott, the difficult work of training for this week's NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis is complete and the task of impressing the draft day decision-makers is about to begin. Herzlich, a linebacker from Boston College who was a standout at Conestoga High School, had the more difficult road among the three. The career of the 6-foot-4, 244-pound Herzlich was threatened when a rare form of bone cancer was diagnosed after his junior season at BC. After missing the 2009 season while undergoing treatments, Herzlich returned last season and became one of college football's most inspiring stories.
July 24, 2009 |
In a sign that college football recruiting efforts have become more aggressive than ever, St. Joseph's Prep sophomore Skyler Mornhinweg has, according to some reports, already orally committed to play for Stanford. Mornhinweg, a member of the Class of 2012, is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound quarterback and defensive back for the Hawks. His father, Marty, is the offensive coordinator for the Eagles. Mornhinweg declined to comment on his decision last night and said that a news conference to announce his college choice has been tentatively set for Tuesday.
August 18, 2010 |
It has been a busy week for the Life Center Academy basketball team. Senior swingman LaQuinton Ross made an oral commitment to play at Ohio State on Monday night. Several hours earlier, Pittsburgh recruit John Johnson officially transferred from Girard College to Life Center. The senior point guard became the second Division I prospect to transfer to the Christian school in Burlington. Former Roman Catholic shooting guard Andre Horne officially became a Warrior on Friday. Life Center will be the third school in three seasons for the junior, who attended Hodgson Vo-Tech in Newark, Del., last year.