UNIVERSITY PARK -- What had been very lukewarm early returns on Penn State's 2009 football recruiting class suddenly turned scalding hot Saturday.
In less than 24 hours, Penn State may have filled half of its future defensive secondary by getting verbal commitments from cornerback Darrell Givens of Lackey High School in Indian Head, Md. and free safety Stephen Obeng-Agyapong of John F. Kennedy High School in the Bronx, N.Y.
Both players were at Penn State for the Nike Training Camp. By NCAA rule, no college coaches were allowed to attend.
They are the fourth and fifth players to commit for this class. Among the recruits that preceded them was strong safety Malcolm Willis. Willis is a teammate of Givens at Lackey and struck up a friendship with Obeng-Agyapong when they visited Penn State at the same time.
Givens, who is 6-foot-1 and 178 pounds, had committed to Ohio State during a visit to Columbus with Willis a few weeks ago, but changed his mind Saturday morning. The seventh-ranked cornerback in the class according to Scout.com, Givens said he changed his mind because he saw an opportunity to see the field earlier at Penn State.
Givens had a long list of scholarship offers, including those from Florida, Oklahoma, Oregon, Michigan, Virginia Tech and childhood favorite Miami.
The 5-11, 177-pound Obeng-Agyapong picked the Nittany Lions over Maryland, UConn, Buffalo and Iowa. He went to the same high school as current Penn State players Stephfon Green, Nerraw McCormack and Shaine Thompson.
A potential new quarterback prospect also emerged at the camp. Myles Gibbon, a previously unheralded 6-3, 190-pound signal-caller from Laval, Canada north of Quebec put on a show with his arm and 4.52 speed. Gibbon was previously being looked at by Stanford and several MAC colleges but has an interest in Penn State.
For full coverage of the news coming out of the camp, please pick up a copy of Sunday's Mirror.