This past weekend was the first of what is shaping up to be three consecutive busy weekends in Happy Valley as the staff is hosting a bunch of official and unofficial visitors. We’ll start with arguably their top wide receiver target - KeAndre Lambert.
Having a Great time in the Valley #Official pic.twitter.com/ddKmVrNkqa— KDL² (@Klamb2_) June 8, 2019
This was the first official visit Lambert has taken, which gave the Nittany Lions an opportunity to set the bar high for the four-star playmaker. As his recruitment carries on, the Nittany Lions will battle Clemson, Ohio State, Texas A&M, and Virginia Tech for his commitment.
A trio of defensive linemen were also in town on official visits — Ohio three-star Ty Hamilton, Michigan three-star Bryce Mostella, and New Jersey three-star Isaiah Raikes.
9 vs 11 what y’all think #Weare #officialvisit pic.twitter.com/lXnmlNIwE5— TH11 (@tfhamilton02) June 8, 2019
A few more pics of @BryceMostella on his Official Visit @PennStateFball @SpenceChaos @CoachKevinSmith @coachjfranklin @psufootball @eksports_org pic.twitter.com/SOS5FtN3Nm— Marty Martens (@marty_martens82) June 8, 2019
❄️❄️❄️ pic.twitter.com/3Wcho3QVKc— Isaiah Raikes (@kooldademon) June 8, 2019
The Nittany Lions have long been among the leaders for both Hamilton and Raikes, with Hamilton being a Big Ten battle between Penn State, Michigan, and Ohio State, and Raikes being Texas A&M and Penn State. As for Mostella, his recruitment still appears pretty wide open at this point.
Right now, Penn State’s 2020 class holds just one defensive line commitment in the form of defensive tackle Cole Brevard so there are spots to be had in this class among the defensive line. Hopefully, this past weekend will result in an eventual defensive line commitment or two for Penn State.
Headlining this group was a pair of Florida natives — 2021 running back Thad Franklin and wide receiver Bralon Brown.
Penn State today #WeAre— Thaddius Franklin Jr. (@Gucciboypopo) June 7, 2019
Penn State today!! #WeAre— Bralon Brown (@bralonbrown11) June 7, 2019
Both Franklin and Brown attend Chaminade-Madonna Prep, the same high school that produced 2019 wide receiver signee John Dunmore. Thad Franklin is currently committed to Miami, but in the state of Florida no recruitment is over until letters of intent have been faxed in. The impact of running backs coach JaJuan Seider continues to be felt with recruiting in the state of Florida.
Another big 2021 unofficial visitor to campus this past week was defensive end Elijah Jeudy.
I point and they go hunt pic.twitter.com/SJRPqj9N7p— Deion Barnes (@DBarnes_18) June 6, 2019
Jeudy attends Northeast High School in Philadelphia. One of the assistant coaches at the school is ex-Nittany Lion defensive end Deion Barnes, who as you can see, accompanied Jeudy on his visit. Jeudy is shaping up to be not just one of the top defensive ends in the state for 2021, but one of the top in the region so the more often Penn State can get him on campus the better.
Penn State hosted their Lion STRONG 7-on-7 camp and Big Man Challenge on Saturday, while the Elite Camp I took place on Sunday. There were standout performers throughout the weekend, including 2020 wide receiver Malick Meiga.
Had a great day at Penn State today! Thanks to @coachjfranklin @GeradParker1 @mark_dup pic.twitter.com/1YyuOo609V— Malick Meiga (@malick_meiga) June 9, 2019
At 6-foot-4, 190 pounds with athleticism, the Montreal native Meiga is an intriguing wide receiver prospect.
Two other notable camp standouts were 2021 wide receiver commit Dont’e Thornton and offensive line target Landon Tengwall. In fact, for the second time in three years, Tengwall was named the MVP of the Big Man Challenge.
#PennState commit Dont’e Thornton already getting to work at 7-on-7. Three TDs in game one for the four-star 2021 pledge. https://t.co/R28CVsnqt0 (Photo by intern Grace Brennan) pic.twitter.com/y2WPqdoQrl— Sean Fitz (@seanfitz247) June 8, 2019
MVP ❗️#unrivaled #PSU pic.twitter.com/x4wjuzNfq1— landonTengwall (@landon_tengwall) June 8, 2019
Tengwall is arguably Penn State’s top offensive line target for 2021. He has been on campus multiple times, but this recruitment will be a battle between Penn State, Michigan, and Notre Dame.
A trio of players that were on campus over the weekend went home with offers — 2021 wide receiver Liam Clifford, 2021 quarterback Jake Rubley, and 2022 defensive back Mehki Flowers.
Before you ask, yes, Liam is Nittany Lion quarterback Sean Clifford’s younger brother. He is also shaping up to be one of the better wide receiver prospects in the Midwest in the 2021 cycle so getting in an early offer and having family ties are not bad things.
After a great camp and talk with Coach Franklin, I am blessed to have received an offer to Penn State! Huge thanks to @coachjfranklin and @RickyRahne for the amazing visit! #WeAre pic.twitter.com/4N7dnBP4li— Jake Rubley (@jake_rubley) June 9, 2019
Extremely blessed to have received an offer from Penn State University!! #WeAre pic.twitter.com/eJxxLYuK61— Liam Clifford (@liamcliff7) June 9, 2019
After a long day at Penn State and many talks with @coachjfranklin and @CoachPry_LBU I’m happy to say i have received my 5th Division 1 offer from Penn State University ⚪️ #WEARE @AndrewErby @pasports @SportsByBLinder @247Sports @HbgBlack pic.twitter.com/aPCRCIMWDJ— MehkiFlowers (@FlowersMehki) June 9, 2019
Rubley hails from Littleton, Colorado, while Flowers is an in-state product from Steelton-Highspire High School.
Florida wide receiver commit Leonard Manuel released a top seven on Thursday with one of the teams on the list being Penn State.
Hated On Us AndThey Know Who They Are....✌ pic.twitter.com/EXb4y8UTQI— MoZac™️ (@Begreatliltone2) June 7, 2019
Manuel has not visited Penn State yet, however, the Florida connection with JaJuan Seider is apparent since the Nittany Lions are the lone non-southern school in his top group. We’ll see if Seider can work his magic once again, similar as to what he did last year with John Dunmore.