March 23, 2010

Tuesday Recruitin': De'Matha-load'

Seeing how national signing day is still 10 months from now, it's no wonder the majority of recruiting services, if not all of them, are having trouble nailing down which prospects have offers, from which schools, when they were made, if they're just verbal, or written. The last few weeks, much of the news trickling out of the recruiting networks has been regarding scholarship offers. But the problem is that of the two major recruiting services, Rivals and Scout, it's nearly impossible to get a good feel for who exactly has offers, in this case, from Penn State.

Jordan Lomax (photo: WaPo)

The Rivals site, Blue White Illustrated, has 13 offers out from the Nittany Lions; Scout's own Fight On State has the tally at 18 offers. Well, bud, which one's right? Truth is, no one seems to know. As I mentioned, it's very early in the process, even with recruits making verbal commitments earlier than ever before. Spring practice starts this week for about half the college programs nationally, while the other half will start next week. Once the spring scrimmages are complete, SATs (or whatever those kids have to take nowadays) over, and early summer football camps heat up, a more definitive offer count should mold into place. Until then, who knows?


Athlete Jordan Lomax (Rivals/Scout/ESPN) has been in contact with Penn State. The Nittany Lions have extended scholarship offers to two of Lomax's teammates at DeMatha High School, defensive tackles Darian Cooper and offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio. Larry Johnson, Sr., is the recruiter for the DC/Maryland region, so there is no need to wonder if the three DeMatha prospects are worth Penn State's time. LJS knows what he's doing here, having pulled names like Derrick Williams, AJ Wallace, Navorro Bowman, Bani Gbadyu, Stephon Morris, among others.

By our count here at, he will be the fourth two-way/all-purpose prospect that Penn State is looking at for this 2011 recruiting class.

Tar Heel Target

Fayetteville, N.C., Jack Britt High two-way end Eric MacLain (Rivals/Scout/ESPN) just picked up a verbal offer from Larry Johnson, Sr., this week. Interestingly, MacLain had originally committed to Lane Kiffin, when he was still the coach at Tennessee last season. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound junior has indicated that he's in no rush to make another commitment, which is expected after being screwed over so badly by Kiffin.

MacLain is listed on the ESPNU 150 and Rivals250 watch lists. His offer from the Vols still stands, with other offers coming from Arkansas, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Clemson, North Carolina, among a few others.

***Note: I'm not positive that next week will see a Tuesday Recruitin', as I'll be traveling. But you never know.

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  1. Damn it, Lomax is SO CLOSE to Lorax. And I really want a player to be named The Lorax.

  2. I've seen MacLain in person several times. He's certainly worth recruiting. I'd love to see him pick Penn State.