Big visitors set to invade Penn State

Bill O’Brien isn’t missing a chance to put Penn State on center stage this week as the Nittany Lions prepare to play host to undefeated Michigan.

With an eye to the future, the reigning Big Ten Coach of the Year has more than a busload full of visitors coming to check in on his program.

Here are the biggest names scheduled to head to Happy Valley this weekend.

Official visitors

TE Mike Gesicki (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) -- The 6-foot-5, 202-pound three-star standout is ready to make his college choice and is expected to do so after his trip to Penn State. He was at Ohio State on an official visit two weeks ago and also has Rutgers and Wisconsin in his top group. The Nittany Lions could be the favorite.

DT Thomas Holley (Brooklyn, N.Y./Lincoln) -- The ESPN 300 defensive tackle -- he’s ranked 86th overall -- will head to Ohio State on an official visit after this weekend. Holley’s recruiting process doesn’t appear to be drawing to a close anytime soon, so a commitment after his visit is highly unlikely.

ESPN 300 target

No. 142 OT Alex Bookser (Pittsburgh/Mt. Lebanon)

Big 2014 target

OLB Jason Cabinda (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central) -- Syracuse commit


No. 55 ATH De’Andre Thompkins (Swansboro, N.C./Swansboro)

S Marcus Allen (Upper Marlboro, Md./Dr. Henry A Wise)

WR Troy Apke (Pittsburgh/Mt. Lebanon)

OLB Troy Reeder (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum)

RB Nick Scott (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax)

DT Antoine White (Millville, N.J./Millville)

ESPN Junior 300 unofficial visitors

No. 38 CB Minkah Fitzpatrick (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep)

No. 74 QB Brandon Wimbush (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peters Prep)

No. 75 OT Sterling Jenkins (Pittsburgh/Baldwin)

No. 91 ILB Chris Green (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic)

No. 131 WR David Dowell (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward)

No. 145 OLB Justin Hilliard (Cincinnati/St. Xavier)

No. 151 DT Harry Lewis (Hampton, Va./Phoebus)

No. 225 DE Darius Fullwood (Olney, Md./Our Lady of Counsel)

No. 245 ILB Reagan Williams (Jackson, Ohio/Jackson)

No. 295 WR Irvin Charles (Haddonfield, N.J./Paul VI)

2015 visitors with offers

OT Austin Clark (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County)

CB John Reid (Philadelphia/St. Joseph’s Prep)