Penn State Recruiting: Nittany Lions offer elite CB Derek Stingley, will host DE Tyreke Smith

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Penn State enters the pursuit of elite Louisiana CB Derek Stingley Jr.

Penn State continues to scope out top-tier talent in the 2019 recruiting class, an endeavor that routinely leads James Franklin outside Big Ten territory. The Nittany Lions once again dove into SEC country Wednesday night, extending a scholarship offer to coveted cornerback Derek Stingley Jr.

Stingley, a 6-foot, 170-pound prospect, initially committed to in-state LSU at the conclusion of his freshman year in June 2016, but backed off that verbal pact this past April.

Offers have arrived in bunches since then, as schools including Arkansas, Georgia and Texas entered the equation earlier this year. His options also include Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Tennessee.

As Stingley’s offer list suggests, he is considered an elite talent in the 2019 cycle — the No. 6 cornerback and a top-100 prospect in the 247Sports 2019 composite rankings.

The No. 6 high school junior recruit in Louisiana, Stingley attends the Dunham School in Baton Rouge. Obviously his proximity to LSU’s campus is likely to keep the Tigers in the mix far despite his de-commitment.

Having also considered a commitment as summer ended, Stingley may not last long on the open market.

“It’s possible that I could commit before the season, during the season or sometime after the season,” he told Sam Spiegelman of SEC Country in August. “At the moment, I’m pretty much undecided.”

There is plenty of ground to make up for Penn State, as other Power 5 heavyweights approached him with offers several months (and in some case years) in advance of the Nittany Lions.

Penn State is strong shape with other cornerbacks in the 2019 class, including local State College product and 4-star talent Nyquee Hawkins of New Jersey. The Nittany Lions carry 4 defensive back commitments in the 2018 cycle, and three are from far beyond the region: Jordan Miner of Florida, and Isaiah Humphries and Trent Gordon of Texas.

Check out Stingley’s sophomore game film here:

DE target Tyreke Smith will visit Happy Valley twice before commitment

As we’ve discussed repeatedly in these notebooks lately, three defensive end prospects stand out right now when it comes to filling the final spots in Penn State’s 2018 class. Former Nittany Lions pledge Micah Parsons is the top-ranked recruit among this trio, while 4-star players Jayson Oweh and Tyreke Smith are also prized targets.

Parsons and Oweh will both be in Columbus this weekend, each utilizing their first official visit of the recruiting process. Ohio State is home against Oklahoma in a showcase matchup, and Urban Meyer has another opportunity to make progress with both talents.

It’s the third visit this to Ohio State this year for both prospects. Oweh will use an official visit at Penn State for the team’s final home game, while Parsons told me he is weighing the possibility of a postseason official visit in Happy Valley.

There are now some developments with Smith, who attends Cleveland Heights (Ohio) High School. The 6-3, 260-pound playmaker, considered the No. 55 overall recruit in 247Sports 2018 composite rankings, has laid out his own official visit plan for the 2017 season and beyond.

As expected, he will use official visits at fellow top-5 contenders Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon and USC. The Nittany Lions also play a large role in his itinerary, according to Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports.

Wiltfong reports Smith will see Penn State in action during back-t0-back weeks in late October — at home against Michigan on Oct. 21 and at Ohio State the following Saturday.

Interestingly, his game day visit to Happy Valley is expected to occur in an unofficial capacity. Smith intends to return to State College on Dec. 8 for his official visit with Penn State, providing the staff with one final opportunity to impress him on home turf prior to his announcement at the Under Armour All-America Game, held Jan. 4 in Orlando, Fla.

These moving parts may all be settled around the same time, as Oweh also plans to announce his collegiate decision at the All-America Game, as well. Parsons is on track to enroll early at the school of his choice in January.

Penn State is a major player here, but so is Ohio State. Expect at least one, and perhaps two or three of these targets, to return to Beaver Stadium in a Buckeyes uniform next season.

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Tyreke Smith will stay busy with official visits this season. (Jeremy Birmingham/Land of 10)

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