UNIVERSITY?PARK - While not quite the attraction as the Michigan game a week ago, there were quite a few high school prospects who turned up to see the Nittany Lions play Northwestern on Saturday at Beaver Stadium, and some of them were fairly prominent.
Massachusetts cornerback Albert Louis-Jean was the biggest name. Considered perhaps the best high school senior in his state, Louis-Jean verbally committed to Miami several months ago, but there's been speculation that Penn State and a couple of other colleges might still have a shot at him. Saturday was his second unofficial visit to University Park since his pledge was made to the Hurricanes.
Christon Gill was another Saturday visitor that could alleviate the Lions' recruiting needs in the secondary. From Connecticut, Gill is friends with current Lions Silas Redd and Khairi Fortt. He's spent the semester at prep school improving his academics and has indicated a strong interest in the Lions if he gets a scholarship offer. That's expected to be coming if his grades are in order.
The chance to see Joe Paterno go for his 400th career victory seemed to draw a lot of prospects from New England, including touted Massachusetts junior defensive back Armani Reeves and two of his high school teammates, athlete Camren Williams and quarterback A.J. Doyle. New Jersey offensive lineman Anthony Alosi also made the trip.
Although the Nittany Lions are close to be picking up a couple of commitments, they've been stuck with four verbals since the summer. Penn State finished second for Maryland linebacker Conner Crowell, who, on Friday, announced he would sign with Ohio State.