May 11, 2010

Tuesday Recruitin': PSU sends out new round of offers

Madison Central's star receiver/returner Tobias Singleton (1). (Photo: B.B. House)
Penn State unleashed five new scholarship offers over the last two weeks, in what looks like a concerted push to lock in a few commitments before the dog days of summer roll around, only a few short weeks away. Here are those five new offers, as best I can tell, for Penn State's 2011 recruiting class.

Tobias Singleton
Madison, MS/Madison Central
6-1, 190 lbs.
Wide Receiver

Singleton holds around 10 scholarship offers, mostly from schools in the SEC regions. Six teams from the SEC, including Alabama, along with Oklahoma from the Big XII, USC from the Pac 10, and Notre Dame make up the biggest BCS programs to offer so far. In 2009, Singleton caught 55 passes, for 890 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns. The rising senior was also a fantastic kickoff return specialist, with an average of 37 yards per return, including three touchdowns. Currently, Singleton is the No. 16 wide receiver on, on the Rivals250 watch list, and an ESPNU 150 prospect. He also accepted an invitation to the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Game.

When it comes to Penn State... I pointed out during last week's Big-Ass 2011 Recruiting Update that Penn State isn't looking for many wide receivers in this year's class. However, if a prospect like Singleton shows enough interest following the scholarship offer, the Nittany Lions would be smart to pursue him to the end. Kristian Dyer of FOS quoted Singleton, “We sat down and talked for a long time, me and the coach. We talked academics and about Penn State and the way they use their wide receivers,” Singleton said. “It was real good, I liked it a lot.”

Andre Sturdivant
Cleveland, OH/Glenville Academic Campus
6-2, 250 lbs.

Seven Big Ten schools have officially offered Sturdivant, including Ohio State, Iowa, and Wisconsin. He is listed on the Rivals250 Watch List, and the No. 8 inside linebacker prospect on At his size, Sturdivant is projected as a rush end in a 3-4 defense. The Buckeyes appear to be leading at this point, but he maintains that his recruitment is still wide open. Prospects from Glenville tend to take their time when choosing a school, so it wouldn't surprise many should Sturdivant wait until late August, or even after the football season, to make his pick.

When it comes to Penn State... There hasn't been much chatter about Sturdivant, other than that the staff has extended the scholarship offer. As the summer recruiting period heats up, there could be more news on Sturdivant.

Cardale Jones
Cleveland, OH/Glenville Academic Campus
6-5, 217 lbs.
Quarterback (Pro-Style)

Jones is the third prospect Penn State is pursuing out of Glenville, joining Andre Sturdivant and Aundrey Walker. Jones now holds about eight scholarship offers, including Cincinnati, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, and West Virginia. He is the No. 26 quarterback on, and an ESPNU 150 recruit for 2011. In 2009, Jones passed for 2,500 yards and 23 touchdowns. The summer break should offer Jones the chance to make his official visits, particularly around Big Ten country.

When it comes to Penn State... The Nittany Lions are actually in a good spot right now, with Jones waiting to crank up his recruitment until the summer. I'm not entirely sure Jones will end up as a top priority, with so many very-highly-touted quarterbacks on the roster for 2010. But he does have great measurables, and will be worth going after. On the offers front, Nittany Network's Bill Kurelic commented that "In absence of an Ohio State offer, the race for Jones seems pretty wide open."
Visit the recruiting board for the latest tally of recruits claiming offers from Penn State for 2011.

Kiaro Holts
Indianapolis, IN/Warren Central
6-5, 278 lbs.
Offensive Tackle

Nearly 20 BCS automatic qualifiers have sent scholarship offers to Holts, with Boston College, California, USC, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Wisconsin among them. The rising senior is on the Rivals250 watch list, ESPNU 150, and is ranked the No. 5 offensive tackle prospect on Holts hasn't narrowed his list much since early spring, as he wants to finish up all his visits before choosing any finalists. He also has been open to going to school anywhere in the nation.

When it comes to Penn State... Notice a trend yet in Penn State's 2011 recruiting effort? Holts will be the seventh pure offensive tackle prospect on the Nittany Lions offers list, and that's not including other offensive and defensive linemen who could switch to the outside O-line. There will be surely more to come. Penn State is probably looking to sign three or four offensive linemen in this haul. Holts will be a fantastic commit should he settle on the Nittany Lions. But it's way too early to prognosticate on Holts.

Not an offer, but...

Spencer Region
Somerville, AL/Cullman
6-6, 325 lbs.
Offensive Guard

Region has had trouble with commitment this recruiting season. He was prepared to pick Alabama in early February, but then reopened his recruitment. Region then made his verbal commitment to the Crimson Tide's arch rival, Auburn. Now, he's waffling once again, reopening his recruitment a second time. With nearly a dozen offers, Region will have many suitors scrambling to take advantage of this new window of opportunity. But Region says that if he decides on a new school, it will be one of a few already in mind. Josh Moyer of Nittany Network was on top of the story, writing that "the 6-foot-5, 339-pound prospect said his top five consists of Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Penn State and Auburn. He holds written offers from every school except Texas." Region is one of the highest-rated offensive linemen in the nation, accepting an invitation to play in the 2011 Under Armour All-American Game.

When it comes to Penn State... While any school would love to get a prospect like Region, his inability to make up his mind could hurt his chances with the Nittany Lions. Penn State doesn't like to play games with recruits, so I'm not sure how much the coaches will go after Region now that his recruitment is open again. Still, if a top-rated recruit says he's seriously interested in your program, you listen, at least for a little while.

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