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Blessed & Honored: 5/28/2019

As enjoy your Tuesday morning coffee at work, get caught up on the latest news from the world of Penn State football recruiting

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A trio of Nittany Lion targets have released a top group that includes Penn State. We’ll start north of the border.

Four-star Canadian tight end Theo Johnson released his top 7 last Thursday. Unsurprisingly, the Nittany Lions made the list.

Johnson is Penn State’s top tight end target for 2020. He has visited campus multiple times, and will be back later in the summer. Right now, the Nittany Lions appear to be in a great spot for the Windsor native.

Penn State also made the top 7 of Ohio linebacker/safety Bangally Kamara.

A few weeks ago Kamara appeared set to commit to the Nittany Lions. However, he has put a pause on those commitment plans but Penn State is still toward the top of his list. If the staff pushes, it is not unreasonable to expect Kamara to end up in this class.

Finally, there is JUCO defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey.

In recent seasons the Nittany Lions have had success with JUCO DTs such as Tyrell Chavis and Tarow Barney. Winfrey has yet to visit campus, so getting him to Happy Valley is the next step for James Franklin and company.


Derek Wingo is heading to The Opening Finals in Dallas next month. He will join fellow linebacker commit Curtis Jacobs and offensive lineman Golden Israel-Achumba as Nittany Lion commits that will compete at the event.

The more commits you can send to an event like this, the better. On top of being great for the brand, these players can also put in some work with peer recruiting at the event. And peer recruiting is often times the most effective type of recruiting.


Recently, three-star cornerback Joseph Johnson III de-committed from NC State. This is of interest to Penn State because following a visit to Happy Valley earlier in the spring, he called Penn State his leader.

Over the weekend, he set a commitment date.

The Colonial Heights, Virginia, native will celebrate America’s independence by announcing his commitment. He has also Tweeted that he plans to visit Penn State again before announcing. If the visit goes well, the Nittany Lions should be viewed a major contender in this recruitment.