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Blessed & Honored: New Jersey Duo Visits PSU, Rising PA OL Wins Camp MVP Honors, And More

Penn State hosted its QB commit Taquan Roberson and his four-star teammate Ronnie Hickman.

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Roberson and Hickman in Happy Valley

First reported by Sean Fitz of Lions247 — and then confirmed in a tweet by Taquan Roberson — Penn State hosted its 2019 quarterback commit and his four-star teammate, WR/DB Ronnie Hickman last Friday.

Hickman has been to State College multiple times now, most recently for the Michigan game prior to this past weekend’s visit. But despite the visits, the Nittany Lions are running No. 2 here as the Buckeyes are believed to be the leaders. While Roberson might have some pull here to help Penn State’s chances, getting Hickman away from Ohio State will be tough.

Nittany Lions Offer Midwest Running Back

Four-star Indiana RB Sampson James announced late Monday night that Penn State was the latest program to extend him an offer.

James already holds offers from most of the Midwest powers — Ohio State, Notre Dame, Nebraska, and Michigan — but we’ll see if Penn State can work its way into the mix.

Taisun Rising

Connecticut signal caller Taisun Phommachanh is beginning to blow up, landing offers from Penn State and Florida State within the last couple weeks. Adam Friedman of Rivals talked with Phommachanh on which schools are standing out, where he’d like to visit this spring, and which schools could be next to offer him.

As we’ve talked about a few times, Penn State would really like to add a second quarterback to the 2019 class, and Phommachanh is appearing to be the most realistic option. The challenge, obviously, will be him choosing the Nittany Lions over other big-time schools where he’d be the one and only quarterback in the class.

Rhode Island OT Hauls in Bama Offer

Speaking of players blowing up, four-star OT Xavier Truss continues to add to his stupidly impressive offer list, landing an offer from Alabama last week.

Since January, Truss has earned offers from Penn State, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, Florida, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Oklahoma, Georgia, LSU, and now Alabama, so safe to say the word is out on the 6-foot-7, 325-pound big man. While the Nittany Lions own all 11 predictions on Truss’ 247’s Crystal Ball, I don’t believe this to be a slam dunk for Penn State at all. Many of those picks came prior to Truss landing his myriad of offers, something that absolutely has shaken up his recruitment. Long way to go here, folks.

Rudolph Lands Clemson Offer

Sticking with Penn State prospects landing offers from elsewhere, three-star Connecticut DB Tyler Rudolph tweeted Monday morning that he earned an offer from Clemson.

Rudolph has himself a nice little offer list — Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Virginia Tech, and Clemson; not bad for a player ranked No. 536 in the country.

The Nittany Lions are the believed leaders for Rudolph, and while Clemson has some history stealing New England prospects from Penn State in surprising fashion, I still like Penn State here.

Five-Star OT Considers Penn State One of His “Dream Schools”

Jeff Sentell of Dawg Nation has an fascinating piece on Michigan five-star Devontae Dobbs. In the article, Dobbs notes that Penn State and Tennessee were his dream schools he was hoping to be offered by.

“I’ve already been offered by my dream schools,” Dobbs said. “My dream schools to be offered by were Tennessee and Penn State. But now it is all about recruiting.”

While that’s an interesting quote, I think more importantly, Dobbs said that Penn State — along with Georgia, Ohio State, and oddly enough, Michigan State — are coaching staffs that he feels are the most stable. We’ll see if Penn State can get Dobbs back on campus sometime soon — he hasn’t visited Happy Valley since late July — but it seems like the Nittany Lions may have a better chance than originally thought.

Lehigh Valley OL Shines at Under Armour Cleveland Camp

Steve Wiltfong of 247 has the rundown of top performers from Sunday’s Under Armour Cleveland. While there’s some familiar names like TE Erick All and CB Joey Porter JR on the list, the most surprising name is Bethlehem Catholic’s Elias Marte, who was named the OL MVP.

Marte doesn’t have any offers yet, but appears to be an intriguing prospect. He has good size at 6-foot-4, 300 pounds, and as a PIAA 4A All-State member, has the skill set too. No idea if Penn State comes sniffing around, but Marte should start to receive some D-I interest.