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A big visitor to campus, new offers go out, and more!

NCAA Football: Penn State Blue-White Game Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

BIG VISITOR ON CAMPUS

Over the weekend, the Nittany Lions hosted a big time visitor on campus. Top-100 running back Keyvone Lee decided to spend his weekend visiting the new Running Back U.

Lee is a native of Clearwater, FL. He is one of running backs coach JaJuan Seider’s Florida guys. Lee has offers from everywhere and is one of the best running backs in the country for 2020.

Getting him on campus for a visit is a huge step for the Nittany Lions. While it may be a long shot, getting him on campus combined with Seider’s reputation as both a coach and a recruiter should give the Nittany Lions a chance.

COMMITMENT DATE LOOMING FOR DE TARGET

Four-star defensive end Fadil Diggs is closing in on a commitment. As of now, Diggs is set to announce his commitment this Sunday.

The New Jersey native has visited Happy Valley multiple times during his recruitment. However, it is Texas A&M that controls his crystal ball. Penn State fought hard in Diggs recruitment, but it appears they will finish behind the Aggies here.

NEW OFFERS

Over the weekend, the Nittany Lions extended a pair of offers to 2022 prospects. Defensive lineman Wilfredo Aybar and wide receiver Tyler Morris both picked up offers from the Nittany Lion coaching staff.

Aybar is a native of Cheshire, Connecticut, while Morris hails from La Grange Park, Illinois. In addition to Penn State, Aybar already holds Big Ten offers from Michigan, Nebraska, and Rutgers. Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, and Minnesota have all offered Morris already.

Both Aybar and Morris are shaping up to be elite prospects in the 2022 cycle. Getting involved in their recruitment this early could help the Nittany Lions be a big player in each recruitment over the course of the next few years.

On Monday night, the Nittany Lions extended an in state offer to a 2021 prospect. The prospect who picked up the offer is West Mifflin Area linebacker Nahki Johnson.

The Nittany Lions join Pitt as the first Power 5 programs to offer Johnson. As is usually the case with in state offers, the Nittany Lions should become big players in Johnson’s recruitment moving forward.

PENN STATE COMMITS, TARGETS COMPETE AT UNDER ARMOR CAMP

Over the weekend, 2020 Penn State commits Curtis Jacobs and RJ Adams competed at the Under Armor Regional Camp in Baltimore. They were joined by 2021 commit Dont’e Thornton. 2020 wide receiver target KeAndre Lambert and running back target Jalen Berger, as well as 2021 offensive line target Landon Tengwall and wide receiver target Kaden Prather were also in attendance.

Adams, Lambert, Berger, Tengwall, and Prather were the ‘next 5’ after running back Chris Tyree was named the Alpha Dog for offense at the camp. Brian Dohn of 247 Sports had this to say about Adams:

Adams, who is committed to Penn State, had a strong showing as an interior lineman. The Woodbridge (Va.) High standout was physical, moved his feet, and he was strong with his initial punch. Adams was able to sink his hips he was strong in his base. He moved well laterally and he was able to read the defensive linemen’s moves. His length was also impressive.

Dohn also had positive things to say about defensive back target Mordecai McDaniel and defensive lineman Coziah Izzard. You can read Dohn’s entire recap from the day here.

Following his performance on Sunday, Jacobs announced that he will play in the Under Armor All-American Game in January.

This will be a great opportunity for Jacobs to get better by competing against some of the best players in the country. Also, the more players Penn State puts into games such as this one the better it is for the brand.