VISITORS FOR VICTORY OVER PURDUE
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.
Penn state this weekend!— Coziah Izzard (@Co_Izzard) October 4, 2019
Felt good to be back home in the valley this weekend #WeAre— Jaden Dottin (@jadendottin) October 6, 2019
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.
Former Penn State OL commit RJ Adams (Woodbridge, Va.) makes his return to Beaver Stadium. pic.twitter.com/CN4AFXhJ57— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) October 5, 2019
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.
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.
JAMES FRANKLIN HITS THE ROAD
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.
Penn State coach James Franklin has arrived here at Warwick. Visiting 2021 Warwick OL Nolan Rucci and 2022 Manheim Twp. WR Anthony Ivey. pic.twitter.com/7bdCkgrx2J— Clay Sauertieg (@ByCSauertieg) October 5, 2019
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.
#AGTG WOW! Extremely Excited And Humbled To Have EARNED A Offer From Penn State University‼️Big Thank You to @PennStateFball Coaching Staff For Having Confidence In Me! @coachseider #WeAre pic.twitter.com/FdTTVPLVM4— Brandon (BC) Campbell 4 RB (@2021BC) October 5, 2019
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.
BRYCE LANGSTON TOP 5
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.