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Committany Nation: Previewing The Big Official Visit Weekend

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The Nittany Lions are set to host their biggest official visit weekend of the year, as Micah Parsons, Tyreke Smith, and Rasheed Walker are expected to be in Happy Valley.

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Penn State’s biggest official visit weekend of the year is coming up, and it added another big visitor as Maryland OT Rasheed Walker confirmed that he’ll be in Happy Valley this weekend.

Walker is joining Tyreke Smith and Micah Parsons as uncommitted visitors, while the majority of the 2018 class should be in town, too. I say majority because Isaiah Humphries, Trent Gordon, and Jordan Miner all used their official visit for the Michigan weekend instead, so they might not make the trek this weekend. Regardless, this will be a massive opportunity for Penn State to have three of its biggest targets spend a couple days with coaches, players, and fellow recruits.

Let’s take a recruit-by-recruit look at where Penn State stands with the three uncommitted prospects who will be on hand.

  • Micah Parsons: While Oklahoma and Georgia remain intriguing options for the five-star, it was always expected that he’d stay closer to home. With Ohio State not really being much of an option anymore, the Nittany Lions are sitting very pretty here. Parsons will be signing December 20th, so as long as he doesn’t tweet about Tommy Stevens being the starting QB, it’s looking like Parsons will re-commit to Penn State.
  • Tyreke Smith: Is Penn State about to beat out Ohio State for Top 100 recruit from Ohio? It’s looking like things may fall that way. For a long time, it was expected that Smith would end up a Buckeye, but the tide changed once the season hit, and it’s now believed that Penn State is the leader. With Smith announcing at the Under Armour All-American Game on January 4th, the Nittany Lions will have the last shot hoping to cement their spot as Smith’s top school.
  • Rasheed Walker: Walker’s spot has been green-ish for much of the fall, but with Isheem Young and Dorian Hardy both leaving the class over the last few weeks, Walker should now (again) have the full green light. He has a top four of Penn State, Ohio State, Maryland, and Virginia Tech, but this will most likely come down to Penn State or Ohio State. The Nittany Lions may have received a boost this last week though, as Walker has a strong relationship with new tight end coach Tyler Bowen, who had been recruiting him to Maryland.