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.

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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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Penn State football chat, 8 p.m., May 4

As the NFL Draft frenzy winds down, James Franklin is just beginning his Penn State coaches’ caravan tour.

Fresh off spring workouts, James Franklin hits the road on the coaches' caravan. First stop: tomorrow in Harrisburg.Record/Sunday News

Fresh off spring workouts, James Franklin hits the road on the coaches’ caravan. First stop: tomorrow in Harrisburg.Record/Sunday News

So there’s lots to talk about in regards to Nittany Lions past, present and future. Chat with me tonight at 8 to get the lowdown on the draft and free agency, recruiting and how the Lions look heading into summer workouts.

Were you surprised by how high Donovan Smith went and how far Mike Hull, Deion Barnes and Sam Ficken fell in the eyes of NFL team leaders?

Plus, who’s next to join Franklin’s recruiting class of 2016?

To get warmed up for tonight, check out my column on incoming linebacker Jan Johnson, a most special walk-on, for sure.

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Penn State football chat, 8 p.m., April 27

Spring football is behind us.

James Franklin's next month will be about meeting Penn State alums and fans ... and reeling in more recruits.

James Franklin’s next month will be about meeting Penn State alums and fans … and reeling in more recruits.

The NFL Draft — and the Penn State Coaches Caravan (starring James Franklin) — are nearly upon us. Plus, recruiting is hitting a high-activity period with coaches on the road and prospects making verbal commitments before the end of the school year.

So, of course, we’re going to chat about all of that and more tonight at 8.

The Nittany Lions have a handful of intriguing draft prospects, including Donovan Smith, Jesse James, Mike Hull and Adrian Amos. Where do they all fit in this weekend? Who goes first?

Plus, everyone wants to know who will become the next high school star to pledge for Penn State. And, speaking of high school stars, the latest crop of true freshmen will hit campus in less than two months. Who will make the quickest impact and why?

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Penn State Blue-White Wrap Chat, 8 p.m., April 20

The Nittany Lions seem to be pushing out of the spring in good shape.

They survived those 15 practices, including the Blue-White Game, without any significant injuries. (Though we’re still not sure why backup quarterback Trace McSorley was scratched).

Fan-favorite Christian Hackenberg threw well at the Blue-White Game ... when he had time.

Fan-favorite Christian Hackenberg threw well at the Blue-White Game … when he had time.

And the recruiting machine continues to hum steadily along with another commitment and even bigger names on the horizon.

But what did you think of Penn State’s annual spring scrimmage? Christian Hackenberg? His blockers? The linebackers who actually played?

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

To get warmed up, check out my column on finding the next great linebacker at Penn State.

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Penn State spring football chat, 8 p.m., April 13

It’s almost here, the day every Penn State football has been eagerly awaiting …

James Franklin’s second Blue-White Game.

Is redshirt frosh Johnathan Thomas ready for major minutes at tailback this season? We might get a glimpse in Saturday's Blue-White Game.

Is redshirt frosh Johnathan Thomas ready for major minutes at tailback this season? We might get a glimpse in Saturday’s Blue-White Game.

A spring scrimmage always needs a little build-up, right? Anyway, Beaver Stadium should have a pretty good crowd Saturday, so let’s chat about that and everything else Penn State football tonight at 8.

Are the Nittany Lions on the verge of some big recruiting pulls for their 2016 class?

What do you hope to expect from Saturday’s Blue-White Game?

One thing you probably won’t see a lot of is Anthony Zettel and Austin Johnson tearing up the offensive line, but that’s OK. And here’s why

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