Recruiting Round-Up 7/15-716 Penn State Surging
Today's edition of recruiting round-up begins by looking at the recent surge coming out of Happy Valley, Pennsylvania. Penn State has been on a roll and picked up yet another commitment from a blue-chip prospect over the last couple of days. It may have been tough to see QB Marcus Stokes flip to Florida, but the back sliding didn't last long. Four key commitments over the last week have shot Penn State up to the number three ranking in the 247 composite in 2023.
Four-Star WR Malik Elzy Commits to Cincinnati
Malik Elzy is a big-bodied wide receiver from Chicago, Illinois. The young man has a solid start, stop, and adequate but not elite speed. Big red zone threat, stands at 6'3 and already over 200 pounds. Strong at the point of the catch, excellent blocker, tough tackle. He has a good chance to start right away for the Bearcats as he will be one of the more talented guys they land in the cycle, and already has a college game-ready body.
Four-Star Edge Ta'mere Robinson Commits to Penn State
The Pittsburgh pipeline is still strong for PSU, as they land 6'4 225 pound edge rusher Ta'mere Robinson. This young man has star power written all over him; he has a lot of room on his frame, so while he is an edge rusher, he can bulk up and play inside at the next level. Strong, flexible, and uses his body well to bend around the edge. He has a lower ranking because of an injury he suffered as a junior. This is a three-year kid assuming rehab from injury goes well. He may skyrocket to a five-star player by the end of his senior year.
Four-Star WR Anthony Brown Commits to Kentucky
The Wildcats got a good one today in a 5'10 170 pound WR from Springfield, OH. Quick feet possession type receiver. It fits the general comparison to WanDale Robinson, whom they lost in the draft. We will need to add weight to play at the next level so expect a redshirt season out of Brown. Brown is a guy you can expect to play tons of snaps in the slot, needs to work on physicality when pressed but is a smooth route runner and sure-handed.
Four-Star Linebacker Troy Bowles Commits to Georgia
6'1 205 pound linebacker from Tampa, Florida. His father is Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles. Big get from a branding perspective for Georgia. Landing an NFL head coach's son is a big deal for many reasons, many of which have little to do with things on the field. However, on the field, they are getting a dog. Bowles is very much everything he has been hyped up to be. He can do everything you want in the modern game; he can rush the passer, shed blockers, read ques, create an edge, and most importantly, cover tight ends and running backs. Bowles is the complete package and will be a future first-round draft pick, in my estimation.
Four-Star LB Lewis Carter Commits to Oklahoma
The Sooners missed out on the Bowles sweepstakes, but make no mistake; Lewis Carter is no consolation prize. The 6'0 210-pound Carter from Tampa, Fl, is a tackling machine. Carter has speed which he showed running track, but on the football field, he is a thumper. Play-maker, he played both linebacker and safety in high school, was an excellent run defender, and very strong in coverage. He played some running back on offense and showed some twitchy athleticism on film. Speed, hard-hitting, and high football IQ, are the recipe Brent Venables looks for in a linebacker. Carter was a high priority for Oklahoma as Venables himself was his primary recruiter. The Sooners recruiting in July is continuing to climb.
Other Notable Commitments
Unranked Edge Aymeric Koumba committed to Michigan (French recruit)
Unranked Safety Jalen O'Neal committed to Oregon State
This wraps up today's edition of recruiting round-up!