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Blessed & Honored: 5/10/19

New offers, coaches hit the road, and more!

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As the Nittany Lions continue to hunt for a tight end in their 2020 class, a new offer went out at the position on Wednesday as Cincinnati native Joe Royer picked up an offer from the Nittany Lions.

Penn State joins Arizona State, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Michigan, and West Virginia as Power Five schools to offer Royer. Now it will be time to watch if Royer pops up on campus for a visit or not.

Royer was not the only tight end offered this week by the Nittany Lions, as 2021 tight end Louis Hansen also picked up an offer.

Hansen hails from Needham, Massachusetts. He could now emerge as one of the team’s top tight end targets for the 2021 cycle. If fellow Massachusetts native Pat Freirmuth continues to produce at a high level, that combined with the career of Mike Gesicki should make Penn State a very attractive location for tight ends.

The Nittany Lions also extended another 2022 offer this week. On Tuesday, they offered defensive back Cam Johnson.

Johnson attends national powerhouse St. Fraces Academy in Baltimore. Being that he’s just a freshman, there’s a long way to go here.


As the spring evaluation period prepares to wrap up and camp season begins, Penn State’s coaches continue to hit the road. One spot that was visited this week was the aforementioned powerhouse St. Frances Academy.

While James Franklin and his staff have not had success recruiting SFA, it remains one of the top talent producers in the region so it is vital for the staff to continue to chip away at getting into SFA.

Offensive line coach Matt Limegrover made a pit stop at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in North Andover, Massachusetts.

Limegrover was presumably there to check in on 2020 offensive lineman Zak Zinter. While the Nittany Lions currently have five offensive line commits, turning away someone of Zinter’s caliber doesn’t seem likely.


On Wednesday, cornerback Joseph Johnson III decommitted from NC State.

Earlier this spring, Johnson III visited Penn State. Following the visit, he called the Nittany Lions his leader. Now that he is back on the market, it would not be a surprise to see Johnson III pop up on campus again, and for Penn State to be a big player in his re-opened recruitment.


If the 247Sports Crystal Ball is to be believed, Penn State was in position to land a commitment from three-star Ohio linebacker Bangally Kamara on Wednesday. Instead, Kamara decided not to make his commitment on Wednesday, and is now taking a step back in his recruitment, according to Bill Greene of 247Sports.

While it would have been nice for the Nittany Lions to pickup their 11th commit, they certainly aren’t hurting at the linebacker spot with the top 150 four-star duo of Derek Wingo and Curtis Jacobs already in the class.