clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Blessed & Honored: 12/31/2019

It’s time for one last recruiting update for 2019

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic - Memphis v Penn State Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images


While James Franklin and the Nittany Lions were capping off another 11 win season with a Cotton Bowl victory on Saturday afternoon, three future Nittany Lions were arriving in Orlando for the Under Armour All-American Game. These three players were linebacker Curtis Jacobs, safety Enzo Jennings and tight end Theo Johnson.

At practice on both Sunday and Monday, Jennings was one of the top defensive players. He had multiple pass breakups and interception, and garnered praise from both Rivals and 247Sports. In fact, he was one of 247Sports top five defensive performers. Jacobs has also been a player garnering praise for his work in practice. This comes as no surprise as Jacobs has an opportunity to earn a 5th star this week.

Unfortunately, Johnson got hurt in practice on Monday. He was seen with his arm in a sling and the belief is he dislocated his shoulder. Hopefully this will not limit Johnson, who is set to enroll at Penn State next week, at all during spring practice.

You can watch the game on ESPN2 at 6:00 PM Thursday evening.


Penn State has already signed 27 players in their 2020 recruiting class. While the class may be finished, one player they continue to keep tabs on his four-star New Jersey athlete Jalen Berger who released his top 5 the day after Christmas.

Berger’s recruitment is one that has been all over the board. Throughout it the two teams that have remained consistent among his top teams are the Nittany Lions and Rutgers. Yes, that Rutgers.

While Berger’s best position at the collegiate level is probably as a safety his desire is to play running back. With Penn State’s loaded running back room, it is tough to envision running back reps in Happy Valley for Berger. Berger will announce his commitment at the All-American Bowl on Saturday, and all signs point toward him landing in Piscataway.


A trio of 2021 prospects released top groups this past week that included the Nittany Lions. These three players are defensive end Aaron Armitage, and teammates wide receiver Brashard Smith and cornerback Corey Collier Jr.

Armitage has visited campus multiple times. The four-star Canadian product now attends Blair Academy in Blairstown, New Jersey. Both Canada and Blair Academy have been good to Penn State in recent years. This is a recruitment that the Nittany Lions should be a top contender in until the end.

Smith and Collier Jr. both attend Miami Palmetto High School in Miami. The next step for the Nittany Lions in these recruitments is to get the Sunshine State duo on campus. Franklin and JaJuan Seider have proven they can not be counted out for Florida prospects if they get them to campus.