The demand by top football prospects wanting to attend Saturday evening’s game at Penn State for Michigan was so big, that the Nittany Lions have run out of tickets.
Five-star DT Thomas Holley takes his first official visit this weekend to Penn State.
The long list of players expected in Happy Valley for the showdown against the Wolverines is very talented as Bill O’Brien and his program and coaching staff will look to continue making an impression on key recruiting targets in the class-of-2014, 2015 and beyond.
"Saturday's game will be played in a fantastic atmosphere for college football,” O’Brien said. “You can't ask for more than a sold-out White Out in Beaver Stadium in primetime on ESPN. We are excited about the game, and this is a great way for us to showcase what Penn State is all about."
Penn State currently has the nation’s No. 32 ranked recruiting class, good for No. 5 in the Big Ten. Several of those 2014 commits will be on campus in safety Marcus Allen, receiver Troy Apke, linebacker Troy Reeder, athlete Nick Scott, receiver DeAndre Thompkins and defensive tackle Antoine White.
As the Nittany Lions remain in strong position for a great finish on the recruiting trail in 2014, O’Brien and company will be hosting two very key official visitors in five-star defensive tackle Thomas Holley and the nation’s top tight end Mike Gesicki. Both are extremely excited to get back to Happy Valley and will stay into Sunday evening.
“It’s a big game,” Scott Benjamin, Holley’s uncle said. “Penn State against Michigan. Hopefully they can come out and get a win. This being his first official, I guess the whole environment of being with the other recruits, really getting into the team, seeing the team workout, the pregame, he’s really looking forward to all that and seeing how that goes. It’s big right now.”
Early impressions are big when it comes to recruiting and the Nittany Lions can make a huge statement to many of the nation’s top juniors as well.
Headlining the list of coveted underclassmen coming to town are offensive tackle Austin Clark, cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick, defensive end Darius Fullwood, linebacker Chris Green, linebacker Justin Hilliard, offensive tackle Sterling Jenkins, defensive end Harry Lewis, cornerback John Reid, running back Andre Robinson and cornerback Jordan Whitehead. Each player mentioned will arrive already holding a Penn State offer.
Sophomore athlete Keandre Jones also has an early Penn State scholarship and will be among the talent soaking in the atmosphere.
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