FRANKLY SPEAKING: Monday Recruiting Notes

Lloyd Tubman

As National Signing Day quickly approaches, Greg Pickel updates Nittany Lion fans on the weekend happenings, visitors and unanswered questions with Class of 2014 members.

Although Penn State football is close to wrapping up it's Class of 2014 with National Signing Day on Wednesday, that doesn't mean all the recruiting questions have been answered. Here are the latest developments:
Weekend Recap

We haven't been able to confirm everyone that was on campus Sunday, but it does appear the only official visitor was Jacksonville (Fla.) William M. Raines corner Lamont Simmons as expected.

Unofficially, we're still working to gather a full list, but we can confirm Hummelstown (Pa.) Lower Dauphin kicker Joey Julius, New York tackle Charlie Shuman, Athens (Pa.) kicker Troy Stivason, PA kicker Nick Boumerhi, PA long snapper Kyle Vasey, and Andover (Mass.) linebacker Will Eikenberry were on campus. Vasey and Boumerhi confirmed to Fight On State their intent to walk-on at Penn State following the trip, while Shuman and Stivason both gave the trip high marks. Julius did not respond to messages or calls, and on a final visitor note, Eikenberry, who is committed to Delaware to play lacrosse, called the visit great.

"Coach Franklin and the new staff were highly impressive and authentic. The future is bright here," Eikenberry wrote in a message. It's unclear when the senior will decide whether he will play lacrosse or football in college.

We were able to get a low down on Saturday's events, and it started with breakfast at the Allen Street Grill. Keep in mind unofficial visitors had to pay their way during the trip.

From there, a tour around the football facilities took place before lunch, and after, head coach James Franklin gave a presentation as did an academic adviser. A chat with position coaches followed, before a tour of Beaver Stadium closed out the night.

On Simmons: he did not respond to calls and messages Sunday, which has pretty much been par for the course throughout the process. We'll try and reach him Monday, but outside of being able to confirm he did make the trip, there is unfortunately little to offer in regards to how the visit went and where Penn State stands with him days before signing day.

Finally, the two most of you will have the most questions on: Montae Nicholson and Jabrill Peppers. The former did not visit Penn State this weekend, and while we won't rule anything out, it certainly looks like the odds lean toward him signing with Michigan State Wednesday. As for Peppers, an Internet rumor circulated Saturday that he was at University Park, but we think it's just that, a rumor, and see no reason at this point to believe the Michigan commit is considering Penn State.


Tubman Update

Many have asked why FOS and Scout have kept Louisville (Ky.) Seneca defensive end Lloyd Tubman as a soft commit, and the answer has been the same: because we think he is. Rumors of a Nebraska visit is what justified the move originally, and rumors of Kentucky interest have kept it that way.

The end tweeted Sunday a now deleted tweet asking for followers for Western Kentucky commit Joe Brown, who, according to the tweet, is helping him decide between Nebraska, Kentucky, Penn State, and Louisville.

At this point, it certainly is far from a sure thing that Tubman signs with State Wednesday. After chatting with...

See the full report at the link below including a preliminary list of visitors for PSU's coming Junior Day.

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