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Blessed & Honored: 10/29/2019

It wasn’t a busy week in the world of Penn State football recruiting, but there is still some news to discuss

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Other than maybe Georgia, no team in the country has recruited running back better than Penn State has in recent years. This has led to the Nittany Lions being in the thick of things for multiple highly touted running back recruits. This includes 2021 back Markevious Brown.

On Friday, the four-star back released a top 7. This top 7 included the Nittany Lions.

Penn State offered the IMG Academy back on May 12th. Since then, he has expressed interest in the Nittany Lions. If Penn State can get him to campus for a visit for JaJuan Seider and James Franklin to work their magic, then the Nittany Lions can not be counted out.


On Friday, the Nittany Lions extended a new offer to a 2023 - yes, 2023 - prospect. The player who picked up this offer was tight end Mathias ‘Mega’ Barnwell.

The Spotsylvania, Viriginia, native already checks in at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds. Penn State is the first Power 5 program to offer the high school freshman.

Barnwell was also in Happy Valley for the White Out last weekend. Obviously, there is a long, long, long way to go in Barnwell’s recruitment. But as he shapes up to be one of the top recruits in the country for the 2023 cycle, it is good to see Penn State get in on his recruitment early.


In the category of things that are long overdue, Penn State wide receiver commit Parker Washington has added his 4th star. Over the weekend, 247Sports promoted Washington to 4 star status. This also bumped his 247Sports composite rating to the 4 star territory.

Washington adding a 4th star is something that should have happened long ago. The speedster was one of the most productive high school wide receivers in the state of Texas where he faces stiff competition and FBS level players on a near weekly basis. He then followed that up by receiving an invite to The Opening Finals this past summer.

This fall, Washington has picked up where he left off at last season. For the 8-0 Fort Bend Travis Tigers he has averaged 17.3 yard per reception, while racking up 659 yards and 9 touchdowns.