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Blessed & Honored: Safety Target Commits Elsewhere

A long overdue B&H.

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After a late push by Penn State and putting off his commitment for a couple days, four-star Maryland safety Nick Cross finally made the call for Florida State on September 3.

The Seminoles were the longtime leaders for the DeMatha Catholic defensive back, so although there was some late drama with the postponement of his announcement, it’s no surprise that Cross is officially calling Tallahassee his new home.

In respect to Penn State, we have seen the Nittany Lions accept the commitment of defensive back Joey Porter Jr. since then, taking up one more spot in the secondary. While Penn State remains in pursuit of a couple different defensive backs — most notably high four-star Lewis Cine — it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Nittany Lions rock with the five secondary commits they have in the class currently.


James Franklin and company were busy this week, offering some of the top underclassmen in the country.

Wednesday night, five-star class of 2020 defensive end Desmond Evans was offered by the Nittany Lions.

According to the 247 Sports composite rankings, Evans is the top player in the state of North Carolina for the 2020 cycle, and is the 29th best player nationally.

On Thursday, another class of 2020 defensive end offer went out as Florida native Elijah Roberts picked up an offer from the staff.

Roberts has been committed to Miami since June 9th. His commitment came two days after camping in front of Penn State’s staff during their satellite camp on FIU’s campus on June 7th.

According to Brandon Huffman of 247 Sports, the Nittany Lions also offered J.T. Tuimoloau on Thursday evening. A defensive tackle, Tuimoloau is a native of Sammamish (WA) and the #1 overall prospect in the country in the 2021 cycle.


When Penn State hosts Ohio State in front of a Beaver Stadium Whiteout in two weeks, the Nittany Lions will be hosting a ridiculous amount of talent on campus. This list grew on Thursday when four-star class of 2020 safety Nehki Meredith announced his intentions to attend.

Other visitors will include some of Penn State’s top remaining targets such as class of 2019 wide receiver WR David Bell, WR Jalen Curry, DB Noa Pola-Gates, and DT Derick Hunter, according to Lions247.