Four-star safety Marcus Allen committed to Penn State last Friday.
Allen and Wangler moved Penn State up to the nation’s No. 14 recruiting class overall according to 247Sports, and No. 3 in the Big Ten.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Allen provides immediate depth at the safety position as the Nittany Lions will lose Malcolm Willis and Stephen Obeng-Agyapong to graduation following the season. He could visit again this weekend.
Wangler is a two-position linebacker recruit for Penn State that could play either outside spot.
This weekend, Penn State is preparing to host five-star athlete Jabrill Peppers, in hopes to make a run at Michigan for the Paramus (N.J.) Catholic standout’s signature. The Nittany Lions will visit Peppers at his school on Wednesday. The logistics for this weekend’s trip have not been finalized as Peppers has a track meet Saturday morning.
A few prospects Penn State remains in good shape with moving forward includes Top247 quarterback Michael O’Connor, who the Nittany Lions visited on Tuesday, Top247 cornerback Troy Vincent and defensive linemen Noah Beh and Jeremiah Clarke.
Northwestern Keeps Doing It
The way Northwestern is recruiting, no question the Wildcats coaching staff is wishing they had more than 15 spots in the 2014 recruiting cycle.
Top247 running back Justin Jackson became commit No. 9 for head coach Pat Fitzgerald on Tuesday, and the fourth four-star pledge for Northwestern.
A commitment from Top247 RB Justin Jackson pushed Northwestern into the Top15 of the national recruiting rankings.
With Jackson in the fold, Northwestern climbed to No. 15 nationally in the 247Sports national recruiting rankings, good for fourth in the Big Ten. To put in perspective what the Wildcats are doing, in 2013 they finished ranked No. 52. In 2012 they checked in at No. 55, and in 2011 they closed with the country’s No. 62 class.
With all that being said, it should come as no surprise Northwestern is recruiting so well this year.
When you win 10 games like the Wildcats did in 2012, including a New Year’s Bowl victory over Mississippi State, and when your football program shows progress every year, and when you lead the nation in graduation rate, that’s a recipe to put together a formidable class.
Jackson is a formidable player. Ranked by the 247Composite as the nation’s No. 2 all-purpose back, he rushed for 2,700 yards and 38 touchdowns as a junior in leading Carol Stream (Ill.) Glenbard North to the state championship game. His skill set is a perfect fit for what Northwestern does offensively, as Jackson is a tremendous player in space that can be a factor running and catching the football.
A pair of targets Northwestern is in good shape with moving forward includes Jacksonville (Ill.) High tight end/offensive tackle Blake Hance, who added an offer from the Wildcats on Tuesday, and Lawrence (Kan.) Free State defensive tackle Fred Wyatt.
Michigan State Making A Living On Under-The-Radar Guys
Rochester (Mich.) Adams tight end prospect Matt Sokol should’ve been more highly recruited than he was.
The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Sokol committed to Michigan State on Tuesday during a visit to the East Lansing campus. Wisconsin had offered earlier that morning and Illinois earlier that month, but one of the best kept secrets in the state is Spartan bound.
Hard-nosed LB Chris Frey gave his pledge to Michigan State on Wednesday.
Sokol is a natural pass-catcher with the athleticism to be a big-time player in the Michigan State offense.
On Wednesday afternoon, Columbus (Ohio) Upper Arlington linebacker Chris Frey chose the Spartans over Kentucky.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Frey is another that wasn’t as highly recruited as he should’ve been. A violent football player, he racked up 136 tackles as a junior. He visited Michigan State on Monday, the same day the Wildcats offered. Purdue extended an offer on Sunday and Boston College came in earlier this month.
With Sokol and Frey in the fold, Michigan State is up to eight commits in 2014, a class that ranks No. 23 nationally, No. 5 in the Big Ten.
Around The Conference
-Southfield (Mich.) High Top247 defensive end Lawrence Marshall quickly came by Michigan’s campus on Saturday, committed to the Wolverines and left. Commit No. 10 for the Wolverines in 2014, Marshall moved Michigan up to No. 5 in the 247Sports national recruiting rankings. Brady Hoke and company maintain the top spot in the Big Ten. Potential next commitments for Michigan include five-star athlete Jabrill Peppers, who will announce his decision on May 26 per his coach Chris Partridge, touted offensive linemen Alex Bars and Jamarco Jones and outside linebacker Chase Winovich (who visited over the weekend).
-Ohio State will host in-state outside linebacker/defensive end target Noah Furbush on Thursday. Already holding scholarships from the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Furbush could be in line to land one from the Buckeyes. Potential next commitments for Ohio State include Jamarco Jones, Top100 outside linebacker Dante Booker, Top247 receiver Derek Kief and Chase Winovich.
-Wisconsin could be close on a commitment from Salt Lake City (Utah.) East Athlete Ula Tolutau per Badgers247 insider Evan Flood. On Thursday, Lake Zurich (Ill.) High linebacker Colton Moskal is scheduled to visit Madison.
-A look at the 247Sports Big Ten Recruiting Rankings here.
-A look at the 247Sports Big Ten Recruiter Rankings here.