The Nittany Lions are taking full advantage of the NCAA’s new rule which allows recruits to take official visits during the spring of their junior year, as Penn State will host Ohio five-star Zach Harrison and five-star Georgia LB Owen Pappoe, which was first reported by Sean Fitz.
5* DE Zach Harrison has locked in his official visit with #PennState for the weekend of April 20th. #PSU @RivalsSnyder— Marc Givler (@MarcGivlerBG) April 5, 2018
Harrison has been to Penn State quite a few times in the past year, most recently visiting Happy Valley for the Michigan game on October 21. He’s expected not to drag his recruitment out too much longer, so his official visit to State College could be the last time the Nittany Lions get him on campus before he makes his decision. The Buckeyes are still the believed leader, but as has been the case for much of his recruitment, Penn State is the rumored dark horse here.
As for Pappoe, as Fitz notes, he has ties to Penn State through his mother and Lavar Arrington, who is a mentior of Pappoe’s. He’ll be a tough pull from Georgia, but the Nittany Lions just getting him on campus is a big deal. Given his connections to the program, a good visit would go a long way in giving the Nittany Lions a viable shot when Pappoe makes his commitment on May 5.