PSU podcast: Lions nab linebacker recruits

The main topic is linebackers during this week’s podcast. Penn State should have some standout linebackers on the field this year, including Brandon Bell and Nyeem Wartman. But after picking up a pair of recruits earlier this month, Penn State might be closing in on another two linebacker recruits.

Listen to Frank Bodani and Jim Seip talk about the recruiting updates for Penn State.

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PSU podcast: Lions’ recruiting class a step up

Jim Seip and Frank Bodani discuss why the current Penn State recruiting class could earn national recognition if it continues to land recruits. Currently ranked as a top-four recruiting class in the Big Ten, Penn State still has several open slots available to add players — which means this could ultimately be one of the better classes for the program in recent memory.

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Penn State football chat, 8 p.m., June 22

Penn State’s special teams certainly have been shaky ever since the NCAA sanctions hit.

Will Penn State's young wide receivers such as Chris Godwin explode on the scene this fall? Chat with me tonight at 8.

Will Penn State’s young wide receivers such as Chris Godwin explode on the scene this fall? Chat with me tonight at 8.

But now, James Franklin and the Nittany Lions have landed a scholarship punter, the first highest-priority verbal commitment at that position in several years.

What does it mean? What’s next on the recruiting scene for the Lions?

Chat with me tonight at 8 to talk about Georgia’s Blake Gilliken and much more. Where do you have the Lions stacking up in the tough Big Ten East and why. Will they start 6-0 this season?

Just more than two months until that the season-opener in Philadelphia …

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Penn State football chat, 8 p.m., June 15

It’s been a while since we chatted, which only means that Penn State football season is getting closer.

Less than two months until preseason camp begins?

James Franklin will need his tight ends, like Kyle Carter (right),  to be improved blockers this fall.

James Franklin will need his tight ends, like Kyle Carter (right), to be improved blockers this fall.

Let’s talk tonight at 8 and catch up and look ahead on the Nittany Lions as they prepare for their second season under James Franklin. What’s your take on recruiting and who they may add next? What’s your biggest concern for the season?

We’ll hit on all that and more, including the Big Ten and how tough things will be with Michigan State continuing to surge in recruiting and Michigan getting settled under James Harbaugh.

And, of course, we didn’t forget about a certain football machine in Columbus, Ohio, either.

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PSU podcast: Legend of Zettel continues

Just when you think Penn State’s cage-fighting defensive lineman couldn’t be more unique, Anthony Zettel posts a video of himself tackling a tree in the Michigan woods. We also discuss the latest recruiting news and the passing of a Penn State icon.

How @anthonyzettel trains in the off season

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Decision time: Will Michal Menet, the state’s No. 1 recruit, pick Penn State?

The Nittany Lions will learn next week whether the top player in the state, and one of the best offensive tackle prospects in the nation, will join them.

Will James Franklin get his man next Friday? That's when  Michal Menet, the top recruit in Pennsylvania, decides on his college.

Will James Franklin get his man next Friday? That’s when Michal Menet, the top recruit in Pennsylvania, decides on his college.

Reading’s Michal Menet announced on Twitter tonight that he will unveil his college choice at on May 29 (3 p.m.) at his school, Exeter Township. He made it known earlier this spring that he will pick between Penn State and Duke.

Menet (6-foot-5, 270 pounds) is ranked as the nation’s No. 7 offensive tackle by Rivals.com and a Top 100 prospect overall. His long list of scholarship offers include UCLA, Stanford, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan, Auburn, Alabama, Florida State and Georgia.

Menet’s commitment would be another key to rebuilding Penn State’s depleted offensive line as well as continue coach James Franklin’s early recruiting dominance in the state. This 2016 recruiting class already includes highly-regarded center/guard Connor McGovern from Lake Lehman and Miles Sanders, the state’s top-ranked tailback, from Woodland Hills.

Penn State’s No. 2 offensive line hopeful appears to be guard Will Fries, the top-rated overall recruit in New Jersey, according to Scout.com

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Cornerback Da’Quan Davis leaves the Lions

Backup senior cornerback Da’Quan Davis is no longer with the Nittany Lions. Head coach James Franklin confirmed the departure today in New York City, during the second week of the Penn State Coaches Caravan tour.

Davis saw considerable action as a true freshman in 2012 but his playing time decreased the past two seasons. Last year, he made three tackles in five games.

James Franklin will rely on even more young cornerbacks this season ... since senior Da'Quan Davis has left the team.

James Franklin will rely on even more young cornerbacks this season … since senior Da’Quan Davis has left the team.

“Da’Quan is no longer with the team,” Franklin told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. “I keep my comments pretty limited on those things, but we wish him the best … That’s also why we don’t necessarily release things if we don’t have to because I want him to be able to focus on graduating and finishing up his academics.”

Davis was cited by university police on May 9 for possessing a small amount of marijuana, possessing drug paraphernalia and purchasing alcohol underage, according to court documents. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on June 24.

Even before Davis’ departure, the top three cornerbacks in 2015 appeared to be senior Trevor Williams (Davis’ former high school teammate at Calvert Hall in Towson, Md.) and sophomores Grant Haley and Christian Campbell. Also in the mix are redshirt freshman Daquan Worley and highly-touted incoming freshmen Garrett Taylor and John Reid.

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Penn State football chat, 8 p.m., May 18

The Penn State football offseason never seems to slow down.

The Nittany Lions have reeled in another recruit and star defensive tackle Anthony Zettel has conquered yet another incredible feat.

Will Marcus Allen and the suddenly deep secondary be the best part of this Penn State defense?

Will Marcus Allen and the suddenly deep secondary be the best part of this Penn State defense?

What does it all mean? What things do the Lions need to accomplish before they start preseason camp in early August?

We’ll chat about that all and more tonight at 8.

I’ll give you a breakdown on the verbal commitment from Massachusetts tight end Danny Dalton. And, of course, we can discuss the most unusual talents of Zettel, like this right here.

Meanwhile, check out my column about how former Lion Stephon Morris learned from his mistakes and where it’s all taking him now.

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Penn State football chat, 8 p.m., May 11

James Franklin is taking a break from the Penn State coaches caravan this week.

But football recruiting and planning for the upcoming season never end.

Will DaeSean Hamilton be the Lions' top receiver this fall? Or could one of the younger guns make a bigger impact?

Will DaeSean Hamilton be the Lions’ top receiver this fall? Or could one of the younger guns make a bigger impact?

So let’s chat about where the Nittany Lions stand with their 2016 class, as well as preparing for their new season. Preseason camp does begin in three months.

What game should be a Beaver Stadium “white out” this fall? Should there be one at all? Plus, I want to hear who you think the Lions’ most important player will be in 2015 — not named Christian Hackenberg.

To get warmed up, check out my column on Penn State’s upcoming schedule, one like you’ve never seen before.

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Fans to decide Penn State “white out” game and T-shirt

Penn State fans are getting to choose their own “white out” game for a change.

Nittany Lion supporters can help decide the 2015 home game that is declared as a stadium “white out” — and even the special “white out” T-shirt to go with it by voting here.

Voting can be done through Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Fans can vote once per day. The white out game and T-shirt will be announced by the end of the month.

Fans now get input into when they will turn Beaver Stadium into their famous "white out" this season.

Fans now get input into when they will turn Beaver Stadium into their famous “white out” this season.

Fans can choose from any of Penn State’s seven home games this season, including Big Ten matchups with Rutgers (Sept. 19 in primetime), Indiana (Oct. 10, homecoming), Illinois (Oct. 31) and Michigan (Nov. 21, senior day). Penn State also hosts Buffalo (Sept. 12), San Diego State (Sept. 26) and Army (Oct. 3) in non-conference play.

Additionally, Nike has created two “white out” T-shirt designs that fans will vote for. “Both T-shirt designs feature a unique ink that is created by infusing silver ink with metallic flakes. When printed, it creates a highly concentrated metallic sheen, sure to catch your eye from every angle,” according to a university press release.

The Nittany Lions open the 2015 campaign on the road against Temple at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Saturday, September 5.

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