A potential Penn State recruiting rush begins to heat up

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.

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7 Responses to A potential Penn State recruiting rush begins to heat up

  1. Tom says:

    Florida State brah

    • Frank Bodani says:

      Hi Tom… If you are talking about Kareem Area, you are correct. He may very well head to Florida State … not Florida. I will correct that. Thanks!

  2. Trosini says:

    The title of this article and tweet is abbrasively misleading as to its contents. By all accounts things seem to be cooling, or if you want to go with degrees of optimism, maybe simmering or bubbling could work… Although I am seriously seriously hopin we land Holley and another decently rated offensive lineman.

    • Frank Bodani says:

      OK, Trosini. Fair enough. I went with “heat up” because I still believe Thomas Holley commits. Most signs still point that way. Plus, Penn State didn’t seem in it all for Kareem Are last week. Now they are. Plus … I think they get a commit from linebacker Donte Raymond soon, as well. No matter what we think of him as an unrated prospect.

      • Trosini says:

        I came back one last time to give you a nod on the Holley and Raymond pick up. I would have like either bookster or Are but that’s the way it goes, still impressed and excited about this class. Keep up the good work sir. we are.

  3. Larry B says:

    I’m happy with the Run-on guy. Seem higher quality under the radar kind of guys with smaller school interest. These are the kinds of guy that are important to strong programs. Quality players that are competent enough to fill holes on special teams and the scout team that would normally be filled by all the FRs and SOPHs that are forced to play early due to sanctions.

    • Frank Bodani says:

      I love the run-on offer for Jacob August, the 6-foot-6 tight end. Because you have faith that Bill O’Brien and staff can turn him into an impressive performer like the rest at that position. He’s got the great size. Makes you think of another unknown run-on who achieved … Matt Lehman.

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