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Jenkins, Brown part of big visit weekend at PSU

January 17, 2009 - Philip Cmor
The temperature outside may be in the single digits, but things are really heating up this weekend for Penn State football recruiting, as about a dozen high school seniors are believed to be at University Park for official visits.

Some of them are players that have already given the Nittany Lions verbal commitments: Milton Hershey tight end/defensive end Gary Gilliam, West Mifflin offensive lineman Adam Gress and the Maryland quartet of receivers Brandon Felder, Devon Smith and Derrick Thomas and cornerback Stephon Morris.

However, the rest of the list is made up of some very big names that Penn State would like to have in its student roles for the fall semester. They include Maryland linebacker Jelani Jenkins, Delaware wide receiver Justin Brown and New Jersey receiver Shawney Kersey.

All are big names, but Jenkins is the biggest -- he's one of the top 10 or so prospects in the country and has been compared to LaVar Arrington. It looks like it is coming down to the Lions and Florida for his services.

Penn State would also like to bring in another receiver or two, and Brown and Kersey are two top prospects who would actually complement each other nicely. Brown is a big receiver at 6-foot-3 who has risen to the top 10 at his position according to the most recent rankings. He's considered a Penn State lean; he was to visit Boston College this week but changed plans and moved up his official to Penn State, where he's been several times unofficially.

Kersey is more of the smaller (although he is 6-2), home-run threat. He verbally committed to Rutgers, but has decided to look around. Reportedly, he is close with Gerald Hodges, the New Jersey safety that committed to Rutgers and then changed to Penn State last month.

There are a couple of sleepers coming up, too, and don't be shocked if both end up in blue and white. Two-way lineman John Urschel came out of nowhere as a senior to become perhaps the top prospect in the Buffalo area. The recruiting sites are saying there's a good chance he commits this weekend.

Mike Wallace, meanwhile, is a cornerback who is Jenkins' high school teammate and one of his best friends. As of last word, he didn't have a scholarship offer, but something may have opened up with Jim Noel now apparently firming up his commitment to Boston College after putting feelers out to PSU when the Eagles made their coaching change.


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