This could turn out to be a very productive week for Penn State recruiting.
But, at least so far, there seems to be more flash than substance.
Penn State fan message boards and recruiting sites began buzzing this afternoon with signals of not just one but two possible commitments on the day for the Nittany Lions.
But after things died down, it seems like only this could be confirmed: The Lions have received a pledge from non-scholarship “run-on” tight end Jacob August from Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia — the alma mater of Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg.
August is 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds and reportedly turned down a scholarship offer from Temple and walk-on interest from South Carolina, according to Greg Pickel of FightOnState.com. August is expected to enroll in Penn State in January and may well have been driven by head coach Bill O’Brien’s heavy use of tight ends.
Former run-on tight end Matt Lehman became a starter and integral part of the Penn State offense before suffering a season-ending knee injury in the 2013 opener.
But things got more interesting Monday when it came to New Jersey linebacker Donte Raymond.
Raymond (6-1, 205 pounds) is verbally committed to Delaware, a Football Championship Series school. However, after rumors of his Penn State pledge began being tweeted Monday afternoon, Raymond denied such a move to Scout.com national recruiting analyst Brian Dohn.
Raymond is a non-rated prospect from Rahway, N.J. who cites other schools of interest as Boston College, Rutgers and Towson.
Meanwhile, top-line defensive tackle recruit Thomas Holley also is still undecided between the Lions and Florida. Holley’s uncle told Dohn that his pick should be made public in the next 24 to 48 hours.
Then there’s junior college offensive tackle Kareem Are (6-6, 320), who apparently still has Penn State in his decision-making process, which is expected to be finalized this week. The Kansas JUCO (by way of New York) also is considering Florida State and Mississippi.