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Committany Nation: Need-to-Know Penn State-Michigan Vistors

Whole lotta talent will be in Happy Valley, folks.

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Lions247 came out with its FREE recruiting list for the Whiteout game this weekend, and as you can see when you click the link (five 5-stars prospects!), there will be a ridiculous amount of talent in Beaver Stadium this weekend. Let’s delve into five of the most important visitors below.

2018 DE Tyreke Smith (4-Star, No. 62 overall)

Penn State has done a tremendous job in Smith’s recruitment, and that should only continue this weekend with the Ohio big man making an unofficial visit for the Michigan game. This one continues to come down to Ohio State or Penn State, with the Nittany Lions trending in the right direction. His 247 Crystal Ball is now a 50/50 split between the Buckeyes and Lions, but James Franklin and Co. have all the momentum.

2019 LB Shane Lee (4-Star, No. 39 overall)

The one position that Penn State hasn’t recruited insanely well is linebacker, but things are looking much better with the incoming 2018 class, and what should be a strong group in 2019. Leading the way is Maryland product Shane Lee. Lee is an old school linebacker, already thickly built, and a master at filling the gaps and stopping the run. Type of player that could probably play at Penn State next year, let alone two seasons from now.

2019 QB Garrett Shrader (4-Star, No. 249 overall)

While the recruiting services aren’t overly high on Shrader yet, that will change in the coming months. He’s a fantastic looking QB prospect, standing 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, and runs a 4.65 40. Great arm strength and has all the tools you’re looking for in a quarterback. He’s probably No. 1 on Penn State’s quarterback big board, so expect to see his name pop up in State College for visits quite a bit.

2020 DT Bryan Bresee (5-Star No. 1 overall)

2020 is still a ways away, but a Whiteout atmosphere will the one on Saturday night will prove dividends for years to come. Case in point, the No. 1 overall player in 2019 class, Bryan Bresee, will be in Beaver Stadium tomorrow night. Bresee hails from Maryland, and already has offers from pretty much every college in the country. Would expect the usual suspects to be involved for the long haul — Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, and Penn State.

2020 RB Chris Tyree (5-Star, No. 4 overall)

Staying with the 2020 theme, another five-star from the 2020 class will be in town — Virginia’s Chris Tyree. Tyree was up for the Georgia State game, so a quick turnaround visit for the sophomore is a great sign for the Nittany Lions.