Happy Friday, Penn State fans.
The Nittany Lions are cruising into a big weekend, as at least eight prospects will be on campus for official visits. There might be a few unofficial visitors, too, as head coach James Franklin and his staff look to close out their Class of 2019.
High school recruiting is not the only focus, though, as there is news about a graduate transfer the Lions are pursuing and updates from the Senior Bowl.
Limegrover sees a lineman
Penn State has already lost a handful of players to the new NCAA transfer portal.
Could it gain one, or more, from the list of talent looking to finish their college careers elsewhere?
Offensive line coach Matt Limegrover was in Virginia on Thursday to meet with one grad transfer candidate: Former Virginia lineman R.J. Proctor.
The former three-star recruit is an enticing potential pickup with Connor McGovern headed to the pros. Mike Miranda is expected to fill his starting spot, but Proctor, who started six games last year for the Cavaliers, would add to the room’s depth and of course fight for first-team work if he picks the Lions.
Penn State is hardly the only school interested though, and a decision is not imminent. Proctor stands 6-foot-4, 335 pounds.
What other grad transfers are out there?
Names will undoubtedly pop up in the months to come, but besides Proctor, one player to monitor closely is former Miami receiver and Baltimore product Lawrence Cager.
According to Lions247′s Sean Fitz, Cager will visit University Park in January. Penn State could use a veteran in its receivers room, as the oldest pass catcher is redshirt sophomore Cam Sullivan-Brown after Juwan Johnson and Brandon Polk opted to transfer while DeAndre Thompkins graduated.
Senior Bowl update
Practice time has come and gone at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., which means all that’s left is the all-star game’s kickoff. The annual event will start this year at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, and NFL Network will televise the North-South matchup.
Two former Lions, quarterback Trace McSorley and corner Amani Oruwariye, are on hand, but it’s not clear if the latter will play after suffering an injury — albeit one that allowed him to return to drills — on Thursday.
“My knee buckled a little,” Oruwariye told Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. “It’s something little. Nothing crazy.”
It could still keep him out of Saturday’s contest, as no player wants to risk aggravating an injury, no matter how small it is, with the NFL Combine roughly a month away.
Oruwariye has received mostly strong reviews when he has been on the field. He’s probably a Day 2 selection with outside potential of working his way into the first-round of the 2019 NFL Draft with a strong lead up to April’s selection process.
As for McSorley, he’s been active after a Citrus Bowl injury scare, and he’s drawn praise and met with a number of NFL teams.
“Off the field, I want to show them I am someone who can be trusted, I’m not going to embarrass an organization or embarrass a family,” McSorley told the New York Post.
“I think that’s a big thing, as a quarterback, that’s big, having that trust. On the field that I can lead guys, I’m gonna come in and compete and [show] that I can make all the throws, I got a strong arm and I can put the ball in the right place.”