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Blessed & Honored: 11/12/2019

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The clock it ticking for a commitment date for Penn State’s top remaining target.

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TOP TARGET SETS COMMITMENT DATE

Penn State’s top remaining target for their 2020 class is tight end Theo Johnson. The Canadian prospect now knows when he will announce his college decision. That decision will come next Monday, November 18th.

A strong argument can be made that Johnson is the best tight end in the 2020 cycle. For much of his recruitment the Nittany Lions appeared to be the leaders. While they lost some momentum over the summer, they appear to have re-secured it with visits for the Lasch Bash, the win over Buffalo and the White Out victory over Michigan.

Currently, Penn State owns 60% of the crystal ball predictions for Johnson on 247Sports. In addition to the Nittany Lions his top schools include Georgia, Iowa, and Michigan. While he is far from a lock, the Nittany Lions appear to be in good shape to land a commitment from Johnson next Monday.

NEW OFFERS

In the past week a trio of noteworthy offers went out from James Franklin and his staff. One in the 2021 cycle, one in 2022 and one in 2023.

The 2021 offer was to defensive tackle Marcus Bradley.

Bradley attends Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Since the start of his junior season Bradley has been a hot name on the recruiting trail. He has earned offers from Ohio State, Virginia, Pitt, Florida, and now the Nittany Lions since October 1st.

It would not be a surprise to see Bradley pop up on campus this winter. With Bradley being in the Nittany Lions’ recruiting wheelhouse in the DMV, Penn State becoming a major factor in his recruitment would not be a surprise.

The 2022 offer was extended to defensive back Domani Jackson.

Jackson hails from Santa Ana, California. He attends Mater Dei High School, which has been a bit of a pipeline to USC over the years. 247Sports currently ranks as the 10th best player in the country for the 2022 cycle. In order for Penn State to have any say in this recruitment the next step will be to get him on campus for a visit this offseason.

The final offer was to 2023 defensive end Jason Moore.

Moore attends DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Maryland. DeMatha is the home of current Nittany Lion defensive end Shane Simmons, and 2020 commits Golden Israel-Achumba and Coziah Izzard.

DeMatha is both one of the best programs in the region, as well as being one of the best in the country. The more Penn State can tap into DeMatha the better, and getting in on Moore’s recruitment early should make the Nittany Lions a contender for the long haul.

TOP GROUPS

As Penn State revs up to put together a great 2021 recruiting class, the Nittany Lions now find themselves in the top group of a pair of top-100 prospects. These two prospects are running back Evan Pryor and offensive tackle Wyatt Milum.

Pryor hails from Cornelius, North Carolina, and has been a regular visit to Penn State during his recruitment. He was most recently in town for the White Out and he has visited Penn State more than any other school. It certainly does not hurt that his sister attends Penn State and runs track.

As for Milum, he attends Spring Valley High School in Huntington, West Virginia. Like Pryor, Milum was most recently in town for the White Out. Spring Valley is a school where Penn State running backs coach JaJuan Seider has roots and a lot of connections. The Nittany Lions should put together an elite offensive line haul in 2021, and it would not be a surprise to see Milum be part of this group.