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Commits In Action: Emery Simmons Keeps Scoring Touchdowns, A Big Night From Devyn Ford, & More

While it was a tough weekend on the field for the Nittany Lions, many future Nittany Lions had a better go of things

NCAA Football: Ohio State at Penn State James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

Wide receiver commit Emery Simmons has been a touchdown machine this season. After racking 90 yards and scoring twice on four receptions, Simmons has now scored nine touchdowns this season to go with 548 receiving yards.

Like Simmons, Keaton Ellis has been finding the end zone with ease for the State College High Little Lions this season. Friday night, Ellis returned the game’s opening kickoff for a touchdown, giving the Little Lions a lead they would never relinquish. This gives Ellis a total of 12 touchdowns through six games this fall. He also has two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

Running back Devyn Ford also turned in a big performance over the weekend. The Virginia standout rushed for 145 yards and three touchdowns, while adding four receptions for 50 yards for the North Stafford Wolverines.

Future Nittany Lion signal caller Michael Johnson Jr. went 6 of 11 with 76 yards and a touchdown for the Sheldon (OR) Irish. He also made an impact with his legs by rushing for 97 yards and a pair of scores. Penn State’s other quarterback commit - Taquan Roberson - did not play due to an unspecified injury.

Joey Porter Jr. had a tackle, a pass breakup, and an interception for the North Allegheny Tigers on Friday night. Porter’s play helped the Tigers record a 10-6 victory to improve to 6-0 on the season.

Penn State’s newest commit, tight end Brenton Strange, had a monster game for the Parkersburg (WV) Big Red on Friday night. In a 57-51 victory, Strange caught nine pass for 177 yards and two touchdowns. He also recorded nine tackles for the Big Red defense.

Below are Lance Dixon’s highlights from this past Friday night. On top of continuing to be a heat seeking missile on defense, Dixon caught a touchdown for the West Bloomfield (MI) Lakers to go along with a strong night in pass coverage.

Speaking of future Nittany Lion linebackers, Brandon Smith continues to look like the five-star talent that he is. Smith racked up 13 tackles and a pair of sacks for Louisa County High School (VA) in their 36-17 victory on Friday night.

On the JUCO circuit, safety Jaquan Brisker had six tackles including a tackle for a loss in a 29-10 victory for the Lackawanna Falcons. Meanwhile, offensive lineman Anthony Whigan helped pave the way for 340 yards of total offense for the Falcons.