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Blessed & Honored: Mekhail Sherman Visits, Top 5s, and More

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Mekhail Sherman Visits Campus

It was a quiet weekend on the recruiting trail, but class of 2020 linebacker Mekhail Sherman did make his way to Happy Valley on Saturday.

The 6-foot-3, 234 pound Sherman is one of the top linebacker recruits in the country for the 2020 recruiting cycle. 247 Sports currently ranks Sherman as the 3rd best outside linebacker recruit in the country for 2020, and the 25th best overall player.

This visit was not Sherman’s first to Happy Valley, as he also attended the Lasch Bash recruiting BBQ last July so getting him back on campus was a welcomed sign. While there is a long way to go in his recruitment, the Nittany Lions are in a great spot early on. If Sherman has any early leaders, all signs seem to indicate that Penn State would be very high in his top group.

Top 5s, Top 5s, Top 5s

Taking a page out of Coach Franklin’s Twitter handbook...top 5s, top 5s, top 5s. After all, this past week the Nittany Lions made the top five of a pair of class of 2019 recruits.

In an unsurprising move, the Nittany Lions have made the top-5 of 4-star offensive tackle Xavier Truss. The Rhode Island native is one of Penn State’s top offensive targets for the 2019 recruiting cycle and is viewed as a heavy Penn State lean.

You can read more from Truss about his top five from Evan Petzold of Land of 10 here.

The Nittany Lions also cracked the top five of Florida cornerback Johnny Dixon.

Dixon was offered by Ja’Juan Seider and Penn State on March 20th. While the Nittany Lions seem like a longshot for the Sunshine State product, and there are also questions as to where he falls on their defensive back board, making the top group of a player like Dixon shows that the Penn State brand is continuing to grow.

Antonio Alfano Sets Commitment Date

4-star defensive tackle Antonio Alfano recently released a top-3 of Alabama, Georgia, and Penn State. Now, the New Jersey native is ready to announce his college commitment, with his announcement coming *May 18.

While Penn State has long been viewed as the team to beat for Alfano, since announcing his commitment date Alfano’s crystal ball predictions on 247 Sports have started to swing in favor of the Crimson Tide. At this point, it looks like Alfano will announce a verbal commitment to Alabama on May 18th. However, odds are, this recruitment will be far from over.

*Editor’s Note: This is also the day four-star Virginia RB Devyn Ford is announcing. Unlike the Brandon Wimbush-Sterling Jenkins planned announcement in 2014, I don’t expect them to be coordinating with each other.

Commit, Target Take Home MVP Honors At The Opening Regionals

At The Opening’s Ohio Regional this past weekend, 3-star cornerback commit Keaton Ellis and 4-star linebacker target Lance Dixon were among the best players in attendance. In fact, Ellis was the defensive back MVP at the even while Dixon was the LB MVP.

Dixon has an official visit planned to Penn State for the weekend of June 8th, according to Steve Wiltfong of 247. Very quietly, the Nittany Lions have positioned themselves as one of Dixon’s top two or three schools. Do not be surprised if Dixon ends up in Penn State’s 2019 recruiting class.

As for Ellis, 247 Sports Director of Recruiting Steve Wiltfong had this to say:

Penn State cornerback commit Keaton Ellis was among the interception leaders, particularly shining while covering the slot. The State College (Pa.) High standout had a knack for seeing things as they developed to break on where the football was going, and his speed and quickness allowed him to fly around in coverage.

You can read more about the event and its results from Wiltfong here.

The performance each had this past weekend should lead to a nice ratings boost for both. While it is already obvious that both are really good players, the ratings boost will make the star gazers among us happy.