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Blessed & Honored: Penn State Offers Rising 2019 Tight End

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Tight end recruiting, 2020 talk, and more in today’s B&H.

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PENN STATE AND MICHIGAN JOIN THE HUNT FOR ILLINOIS TE/DE

2019 Illinois three-star jumbo athlete Josiah Miamen added some more Big Ten flair to his offer list earlier this week, landing offers from Penn State on Tuesday and Michigan on Wednesday.

Miamen plays defensive end and tight end (AKA wide receiver) in high school, and with his 6-foot-4, 225-pound frame, could project to either spot in college. He actually kind of reminds me of current Penn State tight end Jon Holland, who like Miamen, was recruited as both a defensive end and tight end. It appears as though, according to Andrew Callahan, that the Nittany Lions like Miamen at tight end.

RIVALS 250 FOR 2020 IS HERE

Rivals finally came out with their top 250 prospects for the 2020 class. As you’ll see below, it’s a much stronger year in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic, both from an top-end “elite” and depth perspective.

  • No. 3 — DE Bryan Bresee (Maryland)
  • No. 8 — LB Mekhail Sherman (Maryland)
  • No. 12 — LB Antoine Sampah (Virginia)
  • No. 14 — OT Paris Johnson Jr. (Ohio)
  • No. 19 — OT Kevin Pyne (Massachusetts)
  • No. 25 — QB Bryce Young (California)
  • No. 26 — WR Julian Fleming (Pennsylvania)
  • No. 28 — RB Jalen Berger (New Jersey)
  • No. 33 — Saf. Jordan Toles (Maryland)
  • No. 41 — RB MarShawn Lloyd (Maryland)
  • No. 49 — DE Chris Braswell (Maryland)
  • No. 51 — DE Demon Clowney (Maryland)
  • No. 53 — RB Chris Tyree (Virginia)
  • No. 60 — LB Derek Wingo (Florida)
  • No. 63 — WR Rakim Jarrett (Washington D.C.)
  • No. 67 — DE Darrion Henry (Ohio)
  • No. 77 — CB Luke Hill (Washington D.C.)
  • No. 82 — OT Aaryn Parks (Maryland)
  • No. 84 — LB Kalel Mullings (Massachusetts)
  • No. 90 — OG Luke Wypler (New Jersey)
  • No. 105 — DT Cole Brevard (Indiana)
  • No. 116 — LB Korey Smith (New Jersey)
  • No. 128 — CB Josh Moten (Maryland)
  • No. 134 — LB Osman Savage (Maryland)
  • No. 147 — LB LB Jaheim Thomas (Ohio)
  • No. 150 — RB Lamy Constant (New York)
  • No. 152 — OT Anton Harrison (Washington D.C.)
  • No. 159 — DT Lamar Goods (Connecticut)
  • No. 160 — ATH Curtis Jacobs (Maryland)
  • No. 165 — DE Coziah Izzard (Maryland)
  • No. 178 — TE Lukas Ungar (New Jersey)
  • No. 183 — OT Chris Mayo (New Jersey)
  • No. 192 — QB Michael Alaimo (New Jersey)
  • No. 193 — RB Blake Corum (Maryland)
  • No. 200 — Saf. Makari Paige (Michigan)
  • No. 203 — TE Michael Mayer (Kentucky)
  • No. 210 — DE Greg Hudgins (Washington D.C.)
  • No. 212 — CB Keontae Jenkins (Virginia)
  • No. 220 — DT Tre Williams (Maryland)
  • No. 224 — ATH Sofian Massoud (New York)
  • No. 227 — Saf. Jordan Morant (New Jersey)
  • No. 229 — DT Dominic Bailey (Maryland)
  • No. 234 — LB Ethan West (Virginia)
  • No. 236 — OT Michael Carmody (Pennsylvania)
  • No. 240 — WR Jaden Dottin (Connecticut)
  • No. 244 — QB Tyler Van Dyke (Connecticut)

Maryland in particular is stacked with 12 Maryland products making the list. Specifically, St. Frances continues to their run of dominance in Baltimore, accounting for four of those players — Toles, Braswell, Clowney, and Savage. If you haven’t heard about St. Frances, it’s pretty wild. You can check out more here, but it’s essentially Biff Poggi’s (former Gilman head coach) self-funded creation.

Running back is extremely strong in the region, with MarShawn Lloyd, Jalen Berger, and Chris Tyree leading the way. With that type of talent surrounding the Nittany Lions, it’ll probably be a two-man running back class next year for Penn State.

Also of note, No. 84 on Rivals’ rankings — linebacker Kalel Mullings — is actually scheduled to be at Penn State today. Really good looking linebacker prospect. Would definitely be in my mock 2020 class.

HUNTER MAKES THE CALL FOR FLORIDA STATE

Fresh off visits to Penn State and Clemson, four-star Florida DT Derick Hunter committed to Florida State Wednesday afternoon.

A one-time Miami commit, it’s doubtful that Hunter’s recruitment is over. He already has an official visit to Penn State set up for the Ohio State weekend, so I expect him to continue to take visits. That’s not to say the Nittany Lions have a great chance with Hunter — I don’t think they do — but I don’t believe his commitment to the Seminoles will have him shut things down.