Penn State Football: 2013 Recruiting Targets Still Available
Pennsylvania wide receiver Robert Foster. Photo: Lake Fong/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Penn State recently received a verbal commitment from 4-star offensive lineman Brendan Mahon, giving the Nittany Lions Class of 2013 a total of five 4-star players. The class seems to be coming together nicely for Bill O'Brien, and there's still plenty of work to be done.
We previously took a look at some of the top in-state recruits Penn State cannot afford to let get away.
Today, we take a look at some of the targets considered to be still on the radar from in-state and beyond.
WR Robert Foster
Wide receiver Robert Foster, from Central Valley High School, is a 5-star receiver according to 247 Sports and is weighing options from a number of big names, as expected.
Foster would be a tremendous pick-up for Penn State, and now that the Nittany Lions have picked up a 4-star quarterback in Christian Hackenberg and tight end Adam Breneman, the addition of Foster would be the next best news.
DE Jonathan Allen
Another player to keep an eye on, although Alabama is the known favorite, is Jonathan Allen from Virginia.
The Virginia defensive end seems to be deciding between Alabama and Florida but a Penn State offer is out there.
Can Bill O'Brien send in Larry Johnson to work some of his magic in the state of Virginia? It may be a tough sell at this point, but O'Brien's staff seems to be going all out, so why would they not give it a shot?
MLB Tim Kimbrough
Penn State is known as Linebacker U, and the signature position is one of the top priorities for the Class of 2013, at least on the defensive side of the football.
Indiana prospect Tim Kimbrough is one of top linebacker on the board for Penn State right now. The Nittany Lions will have some work to do in order to lure him in though, as Wisconsin, Ohio State and Louisville appear to have the upper hand at the moment.
OLB Marcus Newby
Another linebacker Penn State has extended an offer to is Marcus Newby, a 4-star prospect out of Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Newby is thought to have his eye on the Nittany Lions as well and is considering offers from Maryland, N.C. State, Nebraska and Rutgers as well.
Larry Johnson is already working on the recruiting angles with Newby, and in time, Penn State may elevate to be the favorite.
OLB Matt Rolin
Sticking with the linebacker position, and in the state of Virginia, Penn State has also extended an offer to outside linebacker Matt Rolin.
The 4-star outside linebacker prospect has plenty of offers already, and nobody knows who the favorite is at this time.
If Penn State can bring in any of these three linebackers, they will be in good shape at the position. If they can sign a couple of these linebackers and add that to Garrett Sickels, then it could be a tremendous recruiting class for the linebacker position.
OLB Alex Anzalone
One linebacker who may not be quite as tough to get may be Alex Anzalone, from Reading, Pennsylvania.
The 4-star linebacker made an unofficial visit to Penn State earlier this month and is scheduled to attend Notre Dame's junior day this week.
Some feel that Anzalone could be a Penn State lean, especially after the Adam Breneman news, but he's coming off what appears to have been a solid trip to Florida and has a trip to Michigan planned for this week.
It may be tough to keep Anzalone in-state.
RB David Williams
The Philadelphia running back is coming off a recent trip to Wisconsin but is being recruited by new Penn State running backs coach Charles London.
Williams was one of the prospects we mentioned as a top in-state recruit Penn State cannot let slip away—and for good reason.
Williams is the third-highest rated recruit in the state according to 247 Sports (TE Adam Breneman is second, WR Robert Foster is first).
DT Donta Wilkins
The Potomac, Virginia, defensive tackle is considered a Virginia lean right now, but Penn State is certainly in the conversation.
Donta Wilkins received an offer from Virginia last May, attended a camp last June and attended Virginia's junior day last month. By all accounts it appears that Wilkins is destined to be a Cavalier, but Penn State has some time to work their magic.
Wilkins has not given a verbal commitment yet, and he's hoping to receive interest from some other programs, suggesting that he's not ready to make a decision without checking out what is available.
One stop he will be making is to Penn State.
OT Mike McGlinchey
Another Philadelphia area product, offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey is considered by some to be a Penn State lean following the commitment of Adam Breneman.
A possible addition of McGlinchey would look good paired with guard Brendan Mahon.
McGlinchey is rated the sixth-best player overall in the state of Pennsylvania by 247 Sports.
S Anthony Averett
Penn State is considered to be in the running for New Jersey safety Anthony Averett—the state's ninth-ranked prospect according to 247 Sports.
Averett was offered a scholarship by Penn State over the weekend, which comes about a week after Alabama extended their own offer. Alabama and Penn State appear to be the favorites right now.
For Penn State, Ron Vanderlinden, one of the two coaching staff holdovers from last season, is working hard to keep Averett closer to home. Penn State could benefit greatly from a talented safety in the recruiting class.