There were a lot of commitments that went down yesterday, so let’s take the time to get a general overview of what went down in the college football recruiting landscape yesterday.
The Penn State Nittany Lions were huge winners yesterday, as they were able to land a pair of safety prospects in Jared Wangler, who can also play at outside linebacker, and Marcus Allen (the name indicates he’s destined for greatness). Wangler is one of the top 25 recruits in the state of Michigan, and he chose Penn State yesterday after naming the Nittany Lions the leaders in his recruitment to star the month. It seemed like there was no way Bill O’Brien would lose out on this guy, and he was able to land him over a charge from an in-state powerhouse in the Michigan State Spartans. Chalk that up as another win over a Big Ten rival for O’Brien.
Allen, on the other hand, is a more touted prospect at safety as a four-star recruit from the state of Maryland. He had big offers from schools like the Clemson Tigers, Wisconsin Badgers, and Michigan State, but Allen’s recruitment was similar in that it never looked like Penn State would lose out on the top 300 prospect. The 6’1″, 180 pound four-star safety from Dr. Henry Wise is an excellent tackler with the instincts to make him a very good safety at the collegiate level. Penn State, by the way, last hosted Allen on an unofficial visit in late April and will be adding one of the top 25 safety recruits in the nation. PSU now has nine commits in the 2014 class and have one of the top 15 recruiting classes overall.
The Kentucky Wildcats viewed 6’4″, 210 pound in-state pro-style quarterback Drew Barker as their top target in the class, and the Wildcats and Mark Stoops were able to secure another four-star recruit. Kentucky football is on the rise thanks to Stoops, and UK has six comments in the class with two being four-stars (the other is Springfield, Ohio wide receiver Thaddeus Snodgrass). Barker was expected to choose the South Carolina Gamecocks, so give huge credit to Stoops and the Wildcats for keeping the top recruit in the state of Kentucky. Barker is ranked by the 247Composite as the seventh-best pro-style QB in the country, and he checks in at 89th in our FanSided150 rankings.
Wilmington, North Carolina inside linebacker Coult Culler had three major in-state offers from the North Carolina Tar Heels, North Carolina State Wolfpack, and East Carolina Pirates, and those were his only three offers. Culler made the call yesterday and chose N.C. State, giving Des Kitchings and the ‘Pack a nice in-state victory. Although N.C. State was the last school of the three to offer Culler, they still locked up the two-star ILB.
Gus Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers also picked up a four-star recruit at safety in Alabama native Derrick Moncrief. A great catch for the Tigers, Moncrief is the best JUCO prospect at S and the sixth-best JUCO product overall in the 247Composite. Moncrief chose Auburn over two major offers from Kentucky and the Oklahoma State Cowboys; it was obvious that Auburn was recruiting him the hardest. I mean, it would have been an upset if Moncrief chose another school.
Recruiting Quick Bites
Illinois offered the hotly-recruited Minnesota offensive tackle Frank Ragnow, who took an unofficial visit to the Northwestern Wildcats not too long ago.
Illinois also offered a wide receiver.
Highly-touted wide receiver prospect Dominique Booth is the best recruit in the state of Indiana, and our friends at All For Tennessee writes that he named his top six of the Alabama Crimson Tide, Texas A&M Aggies, Vanderbilt Commodores, Tennessee Volunteers, Florida State Seminoles, and West Virginia Mountaineers in his second cut. However, Booth also noted that the Virginia Tech Hokies are still in the hunt.