This weekend is an important one for the Penn State football team for more than one reason. Not only are the no. 7 Nittany Lions preparing to host no. 16 Michigan under the Beaver Stadium lights in front of a White Out crowd on national television, but it will also be a huge recruiting weekend for James Franklin and his staff. Every year the biggest weekend recruiting weekend of the regular season is the White Out weekend, and this year is no different.
With their 6-0 start the Nittany Lions have recaptured a lot of the momentum they had lost on the recruiting trail since the middle of last season. This weekend the Nittany Lions will host a huge contingency of visitors and they will look to capitalize on this newfound recruiting momentum with a big weekend.
The 2020 visitor list this weekend consist mostly of Penn State commits. Due to the 2020 class being close to full, there are not many scholarships left to go around the staff is recruiting accordingly.
One big uncommitted 2020 visitor that will be in town is tight end Theo Johnson. Johnson is the staff’s top remaining target for the 2020 class. A strong argument can be made that Johnson is the best tight end in the 2020 cycle.
This will be the third time this see Johnson has seen the Nittany Lions play. He unofficiallly visited Penn State for their victory over Buffalo, and was on his official visit to Iowa last weekend. The Nittany Lions appear to enter this visit as his leaders, and could take a step toward locking up the Canadian product this weekend.
Another noteworthy 2020 visitor will be offensive line R.J. Adams. For five months Adams was committed to Penn State before opening his commitment back up in September. This will mark the second consecutive home game Adams has attended as an uncommitted prospect. This will continue to be a fascinating recruitment to follow from now until National Signing Day.
Unfortunately, due to Saturday games, there are some commits that will not be able to make it to town. Down in Maryland, both DeMatha Catholic and McDonogh play on Saturday. Due to this commits Coziah Izzard and Golden Israel-Achumba from DeMatha and Curtis Jacobs from McDonogh will not be able to attend. Wide receiver commit Jaden Dottin will also miss the game due to one of his own.
The 2021 group will be the largest that is on campus this weekend. Ready your sunglasses, because there is a lot of stargazing to be done.
OL - Bryson Estes
RB - Evan Pryor
QB - Garrett Nussmeier
WR - JJ Jones
CB - Jordan Oladokun
DT - Katron Evans
OL - Landon Tengwall
RB - Malik Newton
OL - Nate Bruce
DE - Rodney McGraw
DE - Ryan Keeler
CB - Steven Ortiz
ATH - Zigga Wheatley
Among this group there are a few names that stick out more than others.
First off, Nussmeier is emerging as possibly Penn State’s top quarterback target for 2021. Getting him up form Texas for the White Out is a big plus for Penn State. Next, there is the offensive line duo of Tengwall and Bruce. Tengwall is one of the top offensive linemen in the country for 2021, and the Nittany Lions are the 247Sports Crystal Ball favorites. Any time he gets on campus is a plus. As for Bruce, the Harrisburg native is on commit watch each time he makes it to campus which is quite often.
Pryor is another noteworthy visitor. The top-100 running back prospect has visited Penn State more than any other school, but has not been on campus since the spring. Getting him back on campus is a big positive for James Franklin and company.
Another player worth monitoring this weekend is Wheatley. He has been a frequent visitor to campus in recent months, and his lone 247Sports Crystal Ball prediction is for the Nittany Lions. Penn State is off to a great start in the four-star’s recruitment and will look to build upon that this weekend.
Saunders has been a visitor to campus twice since being offered by the Nittany Lions in March, and this will be his first time on hand for a game this fall. This will be Singelton’s second visit to Penn State for a game this fall, as the Reading native was also on hand for the victory over Buffalo. Over the summer he was a frequent visitor to campus, and Penn State is in a great early spot in that recruitment.