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Blessed & Honored: 10/8/2019

Homecoming weekend was a big recruiting weekend in Happy Valley

Purdue v Penn State Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images


When you consider it was a noon kickoff against a bad Purdue team, the Nittany Lions had a strong visitor list for Saturday’s victory. Among the visitors were defensive line commit Coziah Izzard and wide receiver commit Jaden Dottin.

Having peer recruiting take place on a big weekend like this one is always a good thing. Additionally, it never hurts to get commits back on campus to spend time around their future coaches and teammates.

Among the un-committed prospects on campus over the weekend was former offensive line commit R.J. Adams.

Adams was a member of Penn State’s 2020 recruiting class until he took an official visit to Kentucky two weekends ago. This was Adams first visit to any school since that trip to Lexington. This will be an interesting situation to monitor between now and National Signing Day.

Speaking of offensive linemen, Penn State also hosted two of their top 2021 offensive line targets. These two players were four-stars Tristan Leigh and Jager Burton.

Leigh is an offensive tackle from Fairfax, Virginia. Since the spring he has made multiple visits to Happy Valley and he has already emerged as one of Penn State’s top offensive tackle targets for 2021. Early on in his recruitment, the Nittany Lions are in a great spot.

As for Burton, the interior offensive lineman is a Lexington, Kentucky, native. Burton had previously visited Penn State in March. During this visit, he earned an offer from the Nittany Lion coaching staff.


Friday night, James Franklin was on the road recruiting. His first stop, along with offensive line coach Matt Limegrover, was the State College/Harrisburg game on Friday night.

Franklin and Limegrover were there to see 2021 Harrisburg offensive lineman Nate Bruce. Bruce has been a regular on Penn State’s campus in recent months, and him joining the Nittany Lions 2021 recruiting class seems to be more of a question of when, not if.

Later in the evening, Franklin popped up at the Warwick/Manheim Township game.

CJF was there to check out 2021 offensive lineman Nolan Rucci from Warwick, and 2022 Manheim Township wide receiver Anthony Ivey. Rucci is both a five-star and a legacy recruit that has visited Penn State multiple times during his recruitment. Right now, all signs point toward the Nittany Lions being the team to beat there. As for Ivey, he recently picked up a Penn State offer. As is often the case with in-state prospects, the Nittany Lions should be tough to beat in Ivey’s recruitment.


On Friday, the Nittany Lions coaching staff handed out multiple new offers. One of these offers went to 2021 wide receiver, and Myrtle Beach native, JJ Jones. 2022 defensive end Daniel Lyons also picked up an offer.

Penn State is Lyons’ sixth Power 5 offer. The Miami native is shaping up to be one of the top defensive end recruits in the country for the 2022 cycle. Let’s hope JaJuan Seider can work some of his magic in this recruitment, which is just beginning.

On Saturday, 2021 running back Brandon Campbell got in on the offer action picking up an offer from the Nittany Lions.

Penn State becomes Campbell’s 15th Power 5 offer. The four-star prospect hails from Pearland, Texas. With the way the Nittany Lions have recruited running back in recent cycles, they should be considered a contender for each running back they offer until something indicates that they are not.


On Sunday evening, elite 2021 defensive end Bryce Langston released his top 5 schools. This list included the Nittany Lions.

Langston is a native of Ocala, Florida. He was offered by the Nittany Lions in May, but has yet to make it to campus. Hopefully, the Nittany Lions will get Langston on campus and Seider can begin to work some of his Florida magic once again.