January 21, 2010

Penn State sends late offer to Chicago DE

Penn State has sent out a very late scholarship offer to defensive end Bruce Gaston, Jr. of Chicago's St. Rita High School. The story apparently developed late this afternoon, after Larry Johnson, Sr. took a flight out there to look at Gaston. There hasn't been any word yet on whether or not Gaston even has any interest in the Nittany Lions. Penn State wasn't even on his long list of possibilities early on in the recruiting season, so this all could turn out to be a dead end.

At one point during the football season, Gaston had Notre Dame at the top of his list, and the Irish were ready to take him.

Since then, however, other schools have entered into the mix for Gaston's services. Gaston has scholarship offers from Virginia, Iowa, Arizona, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Purdue, Illinois, Indiana, Wyoming, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Michigan State and Bowling Green.

Gaston will visit Chestnut Hill tomorrow. Sparty hosted Gaston earlier this week. He plans to announce this upcoming Tuesday.

Yeah, but what about Penn State?
It's interesting that Penn State is trying to snag another commit or two before signing day. I would have guessed that with all the less-than-stellar recruiting news coming out of Happy Valley, the coaching staff would have just hunkered down for the home stretch. But it looks like the Easley, Coxson and Lattimore losses have hurt too much.

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