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Blessed & Honored: 4/09/2019

Breaking News: There were more prospects on campus this weekend.

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WEEKEND VISITORS

The busy spring visit period continued for the Nittany Lions with this past weekend’s group being headlined by 2020 New Jersey defensive linemen Fadil Diggs and Isaiah Raikes.

Diggs is one of Penn State’s top defensive end targets for this cycle, while Raikes has a similar high spot on the defensive tackle board. Both Diggs and Raikes have visited campus multiple times, and Penn State is among the leaders for both.

A pair of 2020 wide receivers were also on campus — Michigan native Ian Stewart and Texas product Parker Washington.

Although it is tough to imagine Stewart leaving his home state, the Nittany Lions appear to be a legit player in his recruitment. Meanwhile, Washington visiting Texas on his own dime is a sign of interest on his part.

A pair of 2021 studs were also on campus in tight end Cane Berrong and offensive lineman Landon Tengwall.

Berrong is a Georgia native, and this was his first visit to campus after being offered in January. He’ll be tough to pull from the South, but with tight ends coach Tyler Bowen leading the charge, the Nittany Lions should stay in this one.

As for Tengwall, the Maryland native is arguably Penn State’s top 2021 offensive line target. Thus far, he’s visited Penn State more than any other school, but Notre Dame is right there with the Nittany Lions, according to his 247Sports Crystal Ball.

NEW OFFERS

A pair of 2020 prospects — defensive lineman Bryce Austin and offensive lineman Terah Edwards — that were on campus over the weekend went home with offers.

When the 2020 class is signed, sealed, delivered, it will be interesting to see how many linemen the Nittany Lions sign. The way James Franklin and his staff have been sending out offers makes it appear they want to sign at least five defensive linemen, and possibly six on the offensive line.

GRANT TOUTANT PICKS UP A FOURTH STAR

Offensive line commit Grant Toutant has added a fourth star on 247Sports, joining Curtis Jacobs, Derek Wingo, and Joshua Moten as 2020 commits that carry four stars. This comes on the heels of Toutant being one of the top performers at last week’s Columbus Opening Regional.

COMMIT, TARGETS PERFORM AT NEW JERSEY OPENING

Over the weekend, The Opening held their regional camp in New Jersey. At the camp, multiple Penn State commits were in action, as was 2021 wide receiver commit Dont’e Thornton.

Brian Dohn of 247Sports was on hand for the action, had the following to say about Thornton following his performance:

“The Penn State commit, and another class of 2021 standout, had everyone in attendance talking because of his quick release off the line of scrimmage and his acceleration out of breaks. Add in his length and is ability to separate, and it was a big day for the 6-5, 181-pound Thorton, who ran the 40 in 4.63 seconds.”

On Tuesday, 247Sports will drop their initial rankings for 2021. It would not be a surprise to see Thornton inside the top 100.

You can read Dohn’s entire recap, where he touches on WR Julian Fleming and DB Jordan Morant, here.

TOP GROUPS

Three-star athlete Mordecai McDaniel released a top five that included the Nittany Lions on Sunday evening.

McDaniel attends powerhouse St. John’s College in Washington D.C. (where Penn State letterman Keith Goganious just joined the coaching staff) and earned his offer when he camped for the staff last June. It would not be a surprise to see McDaniel pop up on campus at some point this spring.

The Nittany Lions also made the top six of four-star wide receiver Marc Britt.

Britt is a Miami native and, to no surprise, a JaJuan Seider guy. As they proved last cycle with Noah Cain and John Dunmore, if the Nittany Lions can get Britt on campus for an official visit, they should be considered contenders for the Florida native.