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N O V E M B E R   1 4 ,   2 0 1 8 B L U E W H I T E O N L I N E . C O M 17 Penn State hosted arguably its top re- maining target at running back this past weekend, as IMG Academy prospect Noah Cain was on hand for the game against Wisconsin. The nation's fourth-ranked running back, Cain had visited last spring but wasn't able to return in July when his par- ents attended the Lasch Bash barbecue. With just weeks remaining until the early signing period, this trip was also Penn State's final opportunity to prove to Cain and his family that University Park is the right place for him. "We had a good camaraderie with them already coming into the visit, but the con- nection that we were able to have with all the players, and the different coaches, it re- ally makes you understand how real this coaching staff is," said Cain's father, Ter- rence. "They truly practice what they preach, and you really get a good feel for that every time you step on campus. "So everything is really going well. They've always been one of the schools that are very high on Noah, and of course, we've been high on them. It's been a great visit. One other thing I would say is that his mother's opinion is going to have a big im- pact on all of this, and she's been very im- pressed with everything this weekend." Cain came into town Friday evening but his visit didn't begin until Saturday morn- ing. With Penn State's game against the Badgers set for noon, they headed to Beaver Stadium just aBer breakfast. It was the family's first game at Penn State's home field. "I think all of us were very impressed with the atmosphere," Cain said. "With the weather and the fans having to take buses to the stadium, we thought it might be a little bit of a down day for them, but it didn't feel that way at all. Once every- one got into the stadium, it was a very good crowd that created a great atmos- phere. So we were pretty impressed with all of that." Saturday evening was also busy, as Cain and his parents had dinner with several members of the coaching staff, as well as others. "They set up a dinner for us Saturday night with Penn State's president, Eric Barron, and athletic director, Sandy Bar- bour. That was a great experience," Cain said. "We enjoyed that. Sitting down with everyone to reiterate Penn State's vision and the school's values, that was good. We've always liked what Penn State has to offer. We also talked about all the different connections that the Penn State network can offer someone aBer football." Cain and his family wrapped up their visit Sunday evening with dinner at James Franklin's house and flew home early Mon- day morning. As for what's next, Cain has changed his schedule for his final two visits. Originally, he had planned to visit LSU this coming weekend and Ohio State on the weekend of Nov. 24-25. Now, it appears as if he'll be at Georgia on Saturday before using his fiBh and final visit to check out LSU. The latter visit is expected to take place during the first weekend in December. He is planning to reveal his decision on Dec. 19, the first day of the early signing period. ESPN is set to broadcast Cain's an- nouncement as part of its signing day cov- erage. R Y A N   S N Y D E R | S N Y D E R 4 2 0 8 8 @ G M A I L . C O M R E C R U I T I N G Florida RB Cain enjoys 'great visit' to Penn State CLASS OF 2019 NAME POS HT WT RATING HOME SCHOOL Hakeem Beamon DL 6-3 255 ★★★★ Chesterfield, Va. Manchester JaQuan Brisker DB 6-2 200 ★★★ Monroeville, Pa. Lackawanna College Lance Dixon LB 6-2 200 ★★★ West Bloomfield, Mich. West Bloomfield John Dunmore WR 6-3 170 ★★★★ Hollywood, Fla. Chaminade Madonna Keaton Ellis DB 6-0 160 ★★★ State College, Pa. State College Area Devyn Ford RB 5-11 195 ★★★★★ Stafford, Va. North Stafford Michael Johnson Jr. QB 6-3 202 ★★★★ Eugene, Ore. Sheldon Joey Porter Jr. CB 6-2 185 ★★★ Pittsburgh, Pa. North Allegheny Taquan Roberson QB 6-0 198 ★★★★ Wayne, N.J. DePaul Catholic Tyler Rudolph DB 6-1 205 ★★★★ Oakdale, Conn. St. Thomas More Emery Simmons WR 6-1 186 ★★★ Fayetteville, N.C. South View Brandon Smith LB 6-3 218 ★★★★ Mineral, Va. Louisa County Brenton Strange TE 6-4 217 ★★★★ Parkersburg, W.Va. Parkersburg Caedan Wallace OL 6-4 330 ★★★★ Princeton, N.J. Hun School Anthony Whigan OL 6-5 295 ★★★ Great Mills, Md. Lackawanna College Marquis Wilson DB 6-0 175 ★★★★ Windsor, Conn. Windsor Saleem Wormley OL 6-4 300 ★★★★ Smyrna, Del. Smyrna * As of Nov. 13 P E N N S T A T E C O M M I T M E N T S * C L A S S O F 2 0 1 9

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