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Penn State hopes to change Central QB's mind

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By Scott Brown
Friday, May 10, 2013, 12:48 p.m.
 

Penn State received two more verbal commitments Friday and set its sights on a WPIAL quarterback during a busy day on the recruiting front.

Maryland defensive back Marcus Allen and Michigan linebacker Jared Wangler pledged to play at Penn State. The Nittany Lions, meanwhile, offered a scholarship to Central Catholic's J.J. Cosentino.

Cosentino already has given a verbal commitment to Florida State, but Penn State is looking to sign a quarterback in 2014 since Steven Bench transferred.

Cosentino threw for just 552 yards and three touchdowns as a junior, but the 6-foot-4, 216-pounder missed the early part of the season while coming back from a torn ACL. Cosentino has a strong arm and has run the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds, giving him the kind of measurables schools covet.

Penn State is recruiting a handful of WPIAL players, including Aliquippa defensive back Dravon Henry and Mt. Lebanon lineman Alex Bookser.

Penn State's 2014 class — recruits are not allowed to sign until February — is filling up.

The Nittany Lions already have commitments from three receivers — including Mt. Lebanon's Troy Apke — two running backs, two linebackers and two defensive backs.

Penn State is not allowed to sign more than 15 players in 2014 because of NCAA sanctions.

Allen, a safety, picked Penn State over numerous suitors, including Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Clemson and Pitt. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder had 69 tackles and two interceptions as a junior for Henry Wise High School in Upper Marlboro, Md.

Wangler, an outside linebacker, picked Penn State over Michigan State.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder had 76 tackles and seven sacks as a junior for De La Salle High School in Warren, Mich.

Scott Brown is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at sbrown@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ ScottBrown_Trib.

 

 
 


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