COACHES HIT THE ROAD
With the regular season over, contact period in full swing and the early signing period looming, coaches from across the country have been hitting the road hard to visit recruits. This most certainly includes James Franklin and his staff.
Among the Nittany Lion commits to get visits from the coaching staff this past week were Cole Brevard, Devin Willock, Enzo Jennings, Fatorma Mulbah, Golden Israel-Achumba, Joseph Johnson III, KeAndre Lambert, Nick Dawkins, and Tyler Elsdon. You can expect the coaching staff to continue to be busy on the road with in home visits between now and the early signing period which runs December 18th through the 20th.
VISITORS TO CAMPUS
Typically, the Penn State staff will host two junior days. One in January, and another in February or March. Well, they decided to throw together a junior weekend this past weekend. By all accounts, it was a major successes.
The Nittany Lions hosted a ridiculous amount of 2021 talent over the weekend. Many of which had been to campus before. This group was highlighted by a trio of 5-star prospects — quarterback Caleb Williams, cornerback Tony Grimes and offensive lineman Landon Tengwall.
Williams is arguably the top quarterback in the 2021 cycle. He has visited Penn State multiple times and is the Nittany Lions’ top quarterback target. However, the Nittany Lions appear to have an uphill battle in front of them if they are going to net the D.C. native.
As for Grimes, this was the Virginia native’s first trip to campus. With his dad in toe, Grimes raved about his visit to 247Sports Director of Recruiting Steve Wiltfong. Following a great visit, the Nittany Lions appear to be firmly in the mix for Grimes.
Tengwall remains high on the Nittany Lions want list, and they also control his 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions. Tengwall has visited Penn State more than any other school, and as the calendar sets to flip to 2020 Penn State appears to be in the drivers seat for the Maryland product.
In addition to these three 5-star visitors, there was plenty of other talent on campus. This included defensive end Elijah Jeudy, athlete Zigga Wheatley, wide receiver Dont’e Thornton, and offensive line commit Nate Bruce.
Penn state visit today— Elijah Jeudy1️⃣6️⃣ (@ElijahJeudy) December 8, 2019
Back in the valley!— “The Real Joker ♂️” (@dontethorntonjr) December 7, 2019
Jeudy and Wheatley have both been regulars on campus in recent months, and are both players Penn State controls the 247Sports Crystal Ball for. Thornton is a former Nittany Lion commit who remains high on Penn State and has been on campus multiple times since opening his recruitment back up. As for Bruce, it is always great to have commits on campus. It is especialyl great to have on big recruiting weekends like this one.
Another key 2021 visitor on campus was 4-star offensive lineman Wyatt Milum.
The West Virginia native has now been to campus four times since the spring. This is a recruitment the Nittany Lions appears to be surging in.
ELIJAH JEUDY TOP 6
In addition to visiting Penn State his past weekend, Jeudy released his top 6. Believe it or not, the Nittany Lions made the cut.
This is my top 6 but my recruitment is still open pic.twitter.com/VvxZ4pOk9z— Elijah Jeudy1️⃣6️⃣ (@ElijahJeudy) December 5, 2019
Over the course of the last calendar year Jeudy has been to campus multiple times. By all accounts he is a Penn State lean. Combine this with former Nittany Lion Deion Barnes being his position coach at Northeast High School, and Coach Franklin and company are in a great spot for Jeudy.
OFFICIAL VISIT WEEKEND LOOMING
A second consecutive important weekend of visits is on deck for Coach Franklin and his staff. This one, however, will focus on the 2020 recruiting class. This upcoming weekend will be the yearly official visit weekend for Penn State commits, some of which have started to take to social media in anticipation of it.
Official Visit Next weekend !! pic.twitter.com/1rJwhDCnj6— Curtis Jacobs (@CurtisUpNext23) December 9, 2019
This is always an important weekend for all of the commits to continue to build upon the brotherhood and comradery you want to see a football team have. It also allows the families begin to form these bonds as well.