From Jones' article:
"Despite Chambers' recent recruiting successes and possibly some upcoming verbal commitments in the coming weeks..."
Wonder if this is just speculation or if he has any news...in the article Jones does mention a Philly AAU coach as well as his "I95 recruiting connections" so perhaps he knows something.
I'll take some good news!
It's that time of year in the recruiting calendar with the spotlight now on the 2016 class. I think about 20% or so of the Top-100 have already made verbal commitments. There will be a few more verbals during all of the camps this month and the AAU period in July, and then the bulk of the list usually will make their decisions from August through early-November after they take official visits on football weekends. About 75% of the Top-100 will sign in the fall, with most of the Top-25 kids dragging their recruitments through their senior season until the Spring.
Most of this staff's recruiting successes have come in the early 20% wave. tjb posted this on the front page recently. Two summers ago at this time, Mike Watkins and Shep Garner were committing (crazy to realize Watkins has been committed for two years and we still haven't seen him in a uniform yet), while they were really close with Mikal Bridges and Kyle Kuzma. Last year around this time, the staff was in hot pursuit of Reaves and the other DMV-area kids, and had one of their best Advanced Skills Camp turnouts. Already this year, they've landed two commitments in the last 6 weeks with another busy summer yet to come.
As it stands now, Penn State currently has six scholarships for the 2016 class. Joe Hampton and Nazeer Bostick have already committed, but there's still four more openings to fill. It seems safe to consider the Johncarlos Reyes recruitment over considering it's now mid-June, and he's taking trips to other college campuses. There also hasn't been any public reports of PSU chasing any potential transfers, so it doesn't seem a late addition to next year is in the fold.
This point has been made countless times, but Geno's departure just adds more pressure to this critical recruiting class. It's gotta be a good one with quality and depth. I thought DJones nailed it in his piece. Penn State's biggest problem has always been a talent deficiency compared to its peers in the league. Geno's game wasn't flawless and there are some elements that Josh Reaves seems capable of replacing, but Geno already was playing at a Big Ten level. He belonged. We have too many guys who don't belong yet at this stage in their careers. It's the same kind of blow when Jermaine Marshall left two years ago. That loss really hurt the 2013-2014 team IMO, and I expect Geno's departure to have a similar effect on next year's team, although the expectations for the "best backcourt in the country' trio in 2013-2014 were much higher than they are for this team.
Landing Tony Carr could make up for this loss. But even a monumental achievement like that wouldn't be the same as it could have been with Geno still at PSU. The 2016-2017 roster now seemingly needs 2 Tony Carrs to truly be where we thought we'd be if the dream came true.