Penn State recently received some good news from the NCAA, getting five more scholarships to use each year for the remainder of their probation. Coincidentally or not, the Nittany Lions added three more commitments to their list this past week.
Mike Gesicki is a 6-foot-5, 215-pound tight end from Manahawkin, N.J. At that weight, Gesicki (pictured) is more of a receiving threat than a blocker at this time, though there are reports that he has added some bulk recently. Last year, Gesicki caught 50 passes for 954 yards and nine touchdowns. Many thought he was destined for Ohio State, but after visiting State College for the Michigan game, he committed to Penn State. Along with offers from Penn State and Ohio State, Gesicki also considered Florida State, Wisconsin, Miami, and Rutgers.
5-foot-11, 210-pound running back Jonathan Thomas from St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Mass. is also a new Penn State commit. Thomas committed to Maryland in May but Penn State came through with an offer in September and after taking some time to think it through, he switched to the Nittany Lions. He also visited Arkansas, UConn, and Boston College before his initial commitment to Maryland.
was not the only ACC commit to flip to Penn State in the last few days. Jason Cabinda is a 6-foot-2, 221-pound athlete that was committed to Syracuse but attended Penn State with Gesicki for the Michigan game, leading to his commitment to the Lions. The Flemington, N.J. product will probably play linebacker at Penn State though running back is also a possibility. Other offers included Temple, Maryland, UConn, and Boston College.
Florida State went up to South Carolina this weekend and pounded the Clemson Tigers. The performance was not lost on a North Carolina prospect who gave his commitment to the Seminoles earlier this week. Arthur Williams is a 6-foot-4, 280-pounder from Fayetteville, N.C. that could line up on either line, though he will probably play on defensive for Florida State. Williams also looked at East Carolina and Miami.
Just when it looked like the South Florida Bulls were dead and buried, they knocked off UConn and Cincinnati and are tied with UCF and Houston atop the AAC. Plus, the Bulls added two key commitments in the past two weeks. Kendall Sawyer is a 6-foot-0, 179-pound athlete from Lehigh Acres, Fla. that most experts expect to start out at cornerback. In 2012, Sawyer had 620 yards rushing, another 212 receiving, and picked off four passes. He had offers from Florida State, Arkansas, Louisville, and West Virginia.
Quinton Flowers is a 6-foot-0, 203-pounder from Jackson High School in Miami. During his sophomore and junior years of high school, Flowers threw for over 3,800 yards total, but because of his great athletic ability, some schools were recruiting him for other positions. USF wants Flowers to the throw the ball and that helped the Bulls cause. Alabama wanted him as an athlete, but that wasn’t what he was looking for. In the end (if this is the end), it came down to USF, Texas, Tennessee, Nebraska, Marshall, and West Virginia.
No matter what recruiting service you look at, defensive end Myles Garrett is way up at the top of the rankings. The 6-foot-5, 247-pounder has decided that he will be spending his college years at Texas A&M. In an early October game against Weatherford, Garrett piled up an incredible 8.5 sacks. Yes, that was in one game. Needless to say, he earned an early invite to the 2014 Under Armour All-American Game. He had been considered an A&M lean for a while, but the Arlington, Texas native took his time and visited LSU, TCU, Texas, Oklahoma, and Baylor.
And the team that beat the Aggies on Saturday scored a recruiting victory as well. Ole Miss accepted the commitment of in-state star Breeland Speaks. The 6-foot-3, 281-pound defensive tackle from Jackson had 136 tackles last year, sparking offers from Florida State, Arkansas, Mississippi State, and South Carolina.