- Tarpon Springs (Fla) East Lake 2014 WR Artavis Scott will visit Ohio State and Michigan the end of July
- Dominique Booth unofficially visits Stanford
- 2014 Good Counsel DE Jesse Aniebonam says Virginia, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Auburn, Maryland, Ohio State & Clemson are favorites, no order
- Lewis Neal's decision will come late in the day on July 4. He's trying hard to keep it a secret
- Recent Washington four-star receiver commit Demorea Stringfellow says he will still take official visits to Ohio State, Cal, Notre Dame & Ole Miss
Scout $ - NLA Elite 7on7: 4-star RB Taquan Mizzell
- By Dohn...plans to trim his list from 10 to possibly 5 soon and mentions UVA, WVU, Clemson, and OSU as schools likely to make the cut.
- From the USF site.....Likes Miami, USF & Florida, but says they are the only schools he has visited so far. Attending The Opening and will then visit Oregon, Stanford, USC, Alabama, Ohio State & Notre Dame. No timetable for a decision.
Scout $ - Benjamin Ready To Announce
- South Florida, Central Florida & Vanderbilt. Might announce on Monday.
It’s never too early to talk potential Penn State quarterbacks, even if they’re barely old enough to drive a car.
And Drew Barker, a dual-threat prospect for the Class of 2014, certainly is on Penn State’s radar.
The Burlington, Ky., native toured Penn State and participated in an advanced skills camp last month. No scholarship offer has been extended yet, according to various recruiting websites, but he is only 16 years old and entering his junior year of high school. There’s time.
“It was really awesome,” Barker said of his visit. “I saw all of the facilities, and when I went out on the field I thought that was the best part. It was like a jaw-dropping experience when you walk out of the tunnel and you see the Penn State logo and you can just feel all the tradition and that.”
Two Big Ten schools (Purdue and Illinois) have offered Barker, as has South Carolina, among others. Ohio State is reportedly high on him, and he’s scheduled to go camping at Alabama later this month, according to 247 Sports.
So, he’s no slouch.
The Hebron (Ky.) Conner quarterback threw for more than 1,400 yards with seven touchdowns and rushed for more than 1,500 yards with 22 touchdowns last season.
Penn State has already secured a verbal commitment from four-star quarterback Christian Hackenberg for 2013. He’ll participate in the Elite 11 on July 18-22 in Redondo Beach, Calif. The quarterback showcase features 24 of the country’s top high school senior quarterbacks.
Of course, this is not the first time Penn State has a connection to Elite 11. Rob Bolden participated in the program in 2009 while ex-QB Darryl Clark served as a counselor.
Barker said he is intrigued by the possibility of playing for Penn State coach Bill O'Brien, who most recently served as Pro Bowl quarterback Tom Brady's offensive coordinator with the New England Patriots.
“That’s as good as it gets right there, a guy that coached Tom Brady,” Barker said of O'Brien. “That means he knows what he’s doing and he can prepare you to go farther and he can teach you a lot of things and that’s really awesome.”
Vonn Bell, who is ranked as one of the nation’s top 20 overall college football prospects by at least one recruiting service, released his seven finalists on Saturday:
- Ohio State
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound safety from Ridgeland High School will trim his list down to two schools by Sept. 3.
He will likely make his final decision by the end of his senior season at Ridgeland.
“It was just time to clear up the water some … when you’ve got 30-40 offers, you’ve got to narrow it down sometime,” Ridgeland coach Mark Mariakis told the AJC.
“Vonn’s goal is to have it down to two by Labor Day. I don’t think it will be one of those signing day things. I think he’ll catch some ballgames at [his two finalists] and then make a final decision after that.”