Penn State Football Recruiting: 4 Players to Watch in High School All-Star Games

Tim Tolley@@TimTolley_BRContributor IDecember 31, 2013

Penn State Football Recruiting: 4 Players to Watch in High School All-Star Games

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    With both the Under Armour All-American Game and the Army All-American Bowl approaching, Penn State will be well represented in the high school all star games of 2014.

    Well, at least in one of them.

    The Nittany Lions have four committed players appearing, on the same team, in the Under Armour version that airs on January 2nd.

    Christian Hackenberg and Adam Breneman were selected to the Under Armour All-America Game in 2013.


    3 #PennState commits hanging out. #UAAllAmerica

    — Derek Tyson (@DerekTysonESPN) December 30, 2013


Chris Godwin, 4-Star WR

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    Chris Godwin, courtesy of 247Sports


    Under Armour All-American Game, Jan. 2 4 p.m. ET ESPN

    Chris Godwin was a first-team All-State player at three positions each of the last two years before being named Delaware's Offensive Player of the Year by the media and Delaware Interscholastic Football Coaches Association board of directors, according to Delaware Online.

    The more I see of Chris Godwin the more I think #PennState landed a good one. Great ability to get open, works bck to ball, good hands.

    — Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) December 30, 2013

    Godwin finished his high school career with 40 receiving touchdowns, 12 rushing touchdowns and 15 touchdowns on punt and kick returns while throwing for another five scores.

    The wide receiver position at Penn State is in good shape, but Godwin has the tools to push for immediate playing time, especially if Allen Robinson decides to enter the NFL draft.

    Godwin's size, athleticism and return capabilities almost guarantee him a role on special teams early in his Penn State career.

DeAndre Thompkins, 4-Star WR

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    DeAndre Thompkins, courtesy of 247Sports


    Under Armour All-American Game, Jan. 2 4 p.m. ET ESPN

    DeAndre Thompkins was a do-it-all player in high school, seeing snaps at WR, RB, QB and CB while returning kicks and punts.

    He is set to enroll at Penn State in January and could very well be fielding the opening kickoff of the 2014 season.

    Good WR more schools should have been on is De'Andre Thompkins. ATH playing Wildcat in HS. #PennState #UAALLAMERICA

    — Tom Luginbill (@TomLuginbill) December 29, 2013

    While he isn't as polished as Godwin, he is more explosive and could see some time on offense in the slot. He's the kind of player that you need to get the ball to and O'Brien will have to get creative while Thompkins learns the nuances of the wide receiver position.

Michael O'Connor, 4-Star QB

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    Michael O'Connor, courtesy of 247Sports


    Under Armour All-American Game, Jan. 2 4 p.m. ET ESPN

    After leading Chris Weinke-coached IMG Academy to a 9-2 record, Michael O'Connor ended his career as the top quarterback prospect from Florida and will enroll at Penn State in January.

    QUOTE NOTE: "We run an NFL styled offense and he gets it." -Chris Weinke on #PennState QB pledge Michael O'Connor.

    — PlaybookMark (@PlaybookMark) June 9, 2013 

    His situation will be one to monitor in the early part of next season. Ideally, O'Connor would redshirt to put some distance between himself and Christian Hackenberg as far as eligibility is concerned. With only one scholarship quarterback on the roster, that could prove to be difficult.

    Especially with O'Connor's talent.

    It shouldn't take too long in the game before you see O'Connor on the field with Godwin and Thompkins for Team Highlight. For Nittany Lion fans, that will provide a glimpse into the future.


Thomas Holley, 4-Star DT

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    Thomas Holley, courtesy of 247Sports


    Under Armour All-America Game, Jan. 2 4 p.m. ET ESPN

    Thomas Holley could be the most intriguing prospect to watch for Penn State fans. The gem of this recruiting class just finished up his second season of organized football and has gotten by largely on size and strength.

    Friday will give an idea of how he fares against elite competition.

    Thomas Holley and the d-linemen getting in some work this afternoon.

    — Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) December 31, 2013

    With two other defensive tackles joining Holley in this class, it's possible that the 6'4", 300 pound project from Brooklyn, N.Y., could redshirt as a freshman. An extra year under Larry Johnson isn't the worst thing in the world for a budding defensive lineman.