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Going in depth on Penn State football, basketball, recruiting and more!

The Blue-White Podcast: A Penn State Athletics Podcast Blue White Illustrated

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Going in depth on Penn State football, basketball, recruiting and more!

    Recruiting Show: Penn State Football Recruiting Spring Preview

    Recruiting Show: Penn State Football Recruiting Spring Preview

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    We're just weeks away from spring football practice, so Penn State recruiting is winding back up after a month off. On today's BWI Live Recruiting Show, we're previewing spring recruiting. Recruiting insiders Sean Fitz and Ryan Snyder sit down to discuss the important names that will impact the team's recruiting efforts starting in March.

    Join BWI Live Tuesday through Friday at 10 a.m. on YouTube! You can ask questions of our experts and give your thoughts on the team's Class of 2025 recruiting efforts. If you can't make today's live show, you can always catch the replay on the Blue White Illustrated YouTube Channel or in the embedded video.

    Penn State recruiting heading into spring football

    The Penn State football recruiting class of 2025 is currently third in the Big Ten and 13th nationally. They also have the second-most recruits behind Notre Dame, with 12 players committed.

    So, with a sound base heading into the spring, is Penn State poised to strike at high-level talent? Fitz and Snyder will give their thoughts about the class and where things can go from here. Snyder also gives his thoughts on the most recent commit, four-star wideout Lyric Samuel.

    Spring recruiting preview

    The names and dates for the upcoming spring football recruiting season, where hundreds of prospects will filter through campus, is filling up. On today's show we'll detail which notable players are coming to campus. Some of the names that fans will want to watch are the names they arleady know. Can Penn State seal the deal with quarterback Matt Zollers? How long will Michael Carroll take to make a decision on his college choice?

    The team has severl high-profile national recuits coming to campus this spring. FInd out more about Kansas tight end Linkon Cure, southern cornerback Onis Konanbonny and 2026 defensive end Kevin Ford.

    The team also has several regional prospects confirming visits this week. Find out more about Jeff Exinor and Brandon Finney of McDonogh high school.

    Penn State Football Recruiting Spring Preview

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    BWI Live: How Will Penn State Replace Abdul Carter At Linebacker?

    BWI Live: How Will Penn State Replace Abdul Carter At Linebacker?

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    The Penn State defense is undergoing some changes for the upcoming season and we’re previewing what that might look like during spring football. The BWI Live show looks at how the Nittany Lions may replace Abdul Carter at defensive end and what Tony Rojas playing Sam linebacker means for the spring.

    We’re also discussing the shift in how the team will play on the back end with new defensive coordinator Tom Allen taking over the squad. What will he prioritize from a defensive perspective in order to generate turnovers? And how does that affect the safety position? It’s all defense all day on the BWI Live show! Join us at 10 a.m. Tuesday through Friday to get the latest on Penn State football, recruiting and wrestling.

    If you can’t catch the show live, check it out on replay here, embedded in the article, or on the Blue-White Illustrated YouTube Channel.

    Penn State is moving Abdul Carter to edge

    Penn State made the decision this offseason to move its most famous defender to a different position. We’ve discussed the pros and cons of Carter’s move to the defensive end here on the site; now we add some context to that conversation on the show.

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    But, the inherent advantage of having Carter at linebacker was sneaking an extra edge defender on the field. The Penn State defense had a Bizzaro lineup in 2023, thanks to Carter and Kobe King’s size in the box. Both players checked in at 250 pounds, meaning that it was like having a bonus defensive lineman when either run-blitzed an interior gap. This doesn’t mean that young linebackers like Tony Rojas, Kaveion Keys, or Keon Wylie can’t play the run skillfully, but it does change the nature of the team’s front seven. Also, while Carter’s off-ball instincts weren’t exceptional last season, he became more proficient as the season wore on. His first quarter against Ole Miss hinted at a Micah Parsons-level bowl breakout before an injury ended his day early.

    Next, we dive further into the ramifications of moving Carter on the linebacker position. Will Penn State play three linebackers in 2024? Or will Allen shift the defense to a two-linebacker look? There’s plenty of ways this can go, which we discuss on the show.

    Penn State defensive shift in coverages

    Lastly, we detail some of the potential changes that Allen could make in the defensive structure. We discuss the difference between a man coverage-focused defense and the potential results of a zone coverage defense.

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    • 53 min
    Wrestling Show: Penn State Wrestling prepares for Senior Day

    Wrestling Show: Penn State Wrestling prepares for Senior Day

    The Penn State Nittany Lions wrestling team is once again the Big Ten Regular season champions. On today's Penn State Wrestling show, we discuss the team's irregular season fraught with injury and sickness, plus the team's win over Nebraska to secure the title. 

    Wrestling reproter Greg Pickel also reviews the injury update that head coach Cael Sanderson gave this week before senior day against Edinboro. We'll also preview the final dual meet of the season and what to expect from the team in the postseason. 
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    Hoops Show: Penn State basketball moves on without Kanye Clary

    Hoops Show: Penn State basketball moves on without Kanye Clary

    The Penn State Nittany Lions basketball team dismissed guard Kanye Clary this week. Senior Editor and basketball insider Nate Bauer discusses the situation and tries to view things from both sides of the relationship as it ends prematurely.
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    BWI Live: Does James Franklin still have something to prove at Penn State?

    BWI Live: Does James Franklin still have something to prove at Penn State?

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    The Penn State Nittany Lions are deep into winter conditioning, getting ready for the 2024 spring football season. On today's BWI Live Show, we discuss the team's most recent media availability, the stakes for the 2024 college football season, and your questions on the BWI Mailbag! Join the show live at 10 a.m. Tuesday through Friday or catch the replay of today's show embedded in this article.

    If you haven't subscribe to the Blue White Illustrated YouTube Channel so you get updates and notifications on breaking news, live shows and featured content. The Penn State Wrestling team is once again Big Ten regular season champions. We'll recap the win over Nebraska and the preview of senior day on Friday's Penn State wrestling show at 10 a.m.

    As always, we'll have our Penn State Recruiting Show on Thursday at 10 a.m. Learn more about the 12-person class of 2025 with Sean Fitz and Ryan Snyder.

    Does Penn State head coach James Franklin have something to prove?
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    Despite ten years of winning seasons, Penn State fans are restless for a postseason bid. The mounting pressure to win on a bigger stage put Franklin on ESPN's list of coaches with the most to prove this upcoming season. Is that a fair assessment of Franklin's time in Happy Valley? Also, how does the new-look Big Ten change the perception and realistic expectations for the program?

    We'll discuss that idea with veteran reporters Nate Bauer and Fitz, who have their finger on the pulse of the program. What do you think? Join the live chat and give your thoughts, or leave a reply in the YouTube comments section!

    Penn State also held an open media session with select athletes after the program's THON event on Saturday. What did Fitz learn from starting safety KJ Winston? We'll hear from him on his conversation with the rising star.

    BWI Mailbag
    Finally, your questions drive the rest of the show. Want to get a question on air but can't join live? Subscribe to Blue White Illustrated and submit a question on the weekly BWI Mailbag submission thread. We post a call each week for questions regarding Penn State football, recruiting, and basketball. Subscribe for one dollar and get access to premium content and the message board for a month.

    Today, we'll discuss Penn State's recruiting efforts for quarterback with Matt Zollers and Malik Washington. We'll also discuss the team's prospects at the 2024 NFL Combine and who might shine during the testing phase of the week-long event.

    Does James Franklin still have something to prove at Penn State?


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    • 58 min
    Recruiting Show: Penn State a leader in recruiting? | New RPM Pick for Penn State

    Recruiting Show: Penn State a leader in recruiting? | New RPM Pick for Penn State

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    The recruiting world is quiet after a furious January where hundreds of prospects visited campuses nationwide for Junior Days. However, the news never stops in recruiting and even during a "dead period" there's always something moving behind the scenes. On today's BWI Live Show, we discuss several top recruits trimming their lists and, including Penn State, the return of a top recruiting assistant, and more.

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    Penn State recruiting news

    Before diving into the news from the past week, BWI publisher Sean Fitz discusses Penn State winter media day. The Nittany Lions opened up the Beaver Stadium media room on Tuesday for reporters to chat with the second-year players in the program. Fitz shares the interesting nuggets and thoughts he found talking to the Class of 2023.

    However, fans are most interested in Fitz's most recent prediction in Penn State recruiting. The team may get its first receiver commit in the Class of 2025 with New York's Lyrick Samuel. Fitz picked Samuel to land with the program and discusses why he made that decision. Check out the show to see highlights from the Bronx native.


    Nittany Lions in the running for several top prospects
    So far, Penn State has built a solid recruiting class, mostly from regional prospects. But the team is still pushing to land top talent in the class. One of those names is edge rusher Darren Ikinnagbon. The four-star edge rusher out of New Jersey named the Lions among his top eight programs. What are the chances that defensive line coach Deion Barnes can land the 6-5 rusher? We'll discuss his recruitment and that of Georiga linebacker Mantrez Walker.

    Finally, we'll dive into the buisness of recruiting and how Penn State has changed under new athletic director Pat Kraft. Frank Bodani of the York Daily Record recently reported that Penn State's recruiting and overall budgets have skyrocketed since Kraft took over.

    That news coincides with the return of recruiting staffer Khalil Ahmad. Ahmad took a job with Syracuse this offseason, only to return this week. Fitz will explain Ahmad's importance to the program and how Penn State can use his regional ties to land several of the players we're discussing on today's show.


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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
135 Ratings

135 Ratings

AugustWest69 ,

Good podcast

Let me start by saying I enjoy All PennSt. News,
So I’m biased. My only complaint is there is little or no coverage of their most dominate program. I know my favorite is covered and I’m grateful but I knocked 1 star off because there’s rarely if ever any wrestling. Sorry guys love the football but I love Penn St. Wresting too. But all in all the guys are great. I enjoy their work.

Stephanie from PA ,

Never Miss!

Just to confirm your international audience. PSU Alum listening from Africa. Thanks for all you do to keep us in touch with PSU football and a bit of basketball/wrestling!

kcw131 ,

Fitz is back

Sean Fitz is the single best voice in Penn State football analysis and recruiting. The shows that he is on are fantastic. While I’m not a huge fan of T Frank the analyst, I think he’s a great host on the shows with Fitz and Nate.

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