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Blessed & Honored: Cross Officially Visits Penn State, While Nester Trending to Virginia Tech

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Nick Cross would be the exclamation point to another elite recruiting class for Penn State.

Nick Cross

CROSS TAKES IN HAPPY VALLEY

Four-star Maryland safety Nick Cross made his official visit to Penn State this weekend, taking what the kids call some “dope” pictures in a snow-filled Beaver Stadium.

As for where Cross’ recruitment stands, it’s really anybody’s guess where he ends up. He remains committed to Florida State, and while there hasn’t been movement on his 247 Crystal Ball, visits to Georgia on Thursday-Friday and Penn State Friday-Sunday lead one to think all three schools have a viable shot at landing Cross’ signature come Wednesday.

As we talked about last week, Cross said that his dad favored Penn State in September. If that’s still the case following the official visit weekend, we’ll see if Mr. Cross’ preference makes the difference.

NESTER POSSIBLY TO VIRGINIA TECH?

Well, this one is a bit of a surprise. Following a lot of Penn State-Ohio State drama, it appears that four-star offensive guard Doug Nester is trending to Virginia Tech following his official visit to Blacksburg over the weekend. A number of 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions have been switched in favor of Virginia Tech, potentially giving the Hokies their highest ranked non-Virginia native signee since Maryland’s Kendall Fuller back in 2013.

If Nester does opt for Virginia Tech, it would be a tough pill for Penn State to swallow. Numbers are a little light on the offensive line to begin with — just 12 scholarship players, currently — so from a depth and talent perspective, this one would sting mightily.

JUNIOR DAY WAS GOOD

Hey, Penn State got three commits on Saturday. 2021 stud wideout Donte Thornton was the first one to pop. He’s going to be a Top 100 kid. 2020 wise, the duo of cornerback Joshuah Moten and linebacker Curtis Jacobs both made the call for Penn State, giving the Nittany Lions their third and fourth commitments respectively in what will be a very large 2020 class.

Beyond the commitments, there were plenty of others taking in Penn State’s Junior Day — like five-star WR Julian Fleming.

New Jersey three-star DE Aaron Lewis made the trip too. Intriguing size and athleticism there.

Michigan four-star safety Enzo Jennings was also in town. Wouldn’t mind taking another top-tier Michigan product.

Virginia four-star wide KeAndre Lambert took part in the festivities. Would expect at least three wideouts in the 2020 class.

Virginia OG RJ Adams received an offer while on the visit. He’s teammates with five-star LB Antoine Sampah.

We’ll have more on the 2020 class once Penn State wraps up National Signing Day. Like we’ve said, it will be a very large class, and has the potential to be a Top 5 class in the country.