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Blessed & Honored: 6/21/19

Getting “Blessed & Honored” three times in one week? That’s how you know it’s a busy time of the recruiting trail.

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Before the big visitor weekend that is looming, the Nittany Lions hosted a pair of official visitors midweek as three-star wide receiver Parker Washington and defensive back Joseph Johnson were in town.

Making his first trip to campus since being offered on February 1st, Washington ventured to Happy Valley from Fort Bend, Texas. Washington is one of the most productive, and, in my opinion, underrated high school wide receivers in the country. Washington has talked about making a decision before the start of the season, and the Nittany Lions appear to be in a great spot with the Longhorn State product.

Johnson attends Life Christian Academy in Colonial Heights, Virginia. He recently de-committed from NC State and plans to announce his new commitment on July 2nd. Following a visit to Happy Valley in the spring, Johnson did not shy away from Penn State being his leader. The Nittany Lions very well may be in the driver’s seat to land Johnson when he commits in two weeks.


For third consecutive weekend, campus will be flooded with visitors this weekend. A big part of this will be one of the marquee events of the summer for James Franklin and his staff - the Whiteout Camp.

One visitor who will be in town on an unofficial visit is four-star defensive back Henry Gray.

Gray will be making trek from Miami, which makes the fact he’s visiting unofficially instead of officially a great sign. Not only does this indicate a lot of interest on his end, it keeps his official visit in play for later in the cycle. In recent weeks, the Nittany Lions have been trending for Gray on the 247 Sports Crystal Ball.

Penn State will also host multiple official visitors this weekend. One of which will be four-star defensive lineman Coziah Izzard.

Izzard attends national powerhouse DeMatha Catholic in Maryland where he is a teammate of offensive line commit Golden Israel-Achumba. Izzard has visited campus multiple times and could make a summer decision. Penn State has been the perceived leader for Izzard for a long time, and good visit this weekend could wrap things up with his recruitment.

Four-star Michigan athlete Enzo Jennings is another official visitor coming to town that Penn State is perceived to be the leader for.

Jennings hails from Oak Park, Michigan, and can play multiple positions at the collegiate level, though safety looks like his most likely home.

Joining Izzard as a defensive lineman on an official visit this weekend will be Ohio three-star Brandon Taylor.

Taylor’s recruitment appears to be a Big Ten battle between the Nittany Lions and Michigan Wolverines. With a strong visit, Penn State could emerge as Taylor’s leaders. Taylor last visited campus unofficially in March.

Washington D.C. defensive back Mordecai McDaniel is slated to make his official visit as well.

In recent weeks, McDaniel has been on an official visit tour. He has visited Florida, Notre Dame, and Tennessee. Now it is James Franklin and company’s turn to make their impression on the St. John’s College product.

McDaniel’s recruitment remains pretty wide open. With a good visit this weekend, Penn State should find themselves squarely in the mix for the three-star defensive back.

And lastly, there owill be four-star wide receiver, and Florida commit, Jaquavion Fraziars.

Fraziars hails from Dunnellon, Florida. He committed to Florida on December 1st, 2018, but obviously, that did not bring his recruitment to an end. This will be his first official visit, so the Nittany Lions will have the opportunity to set the bar. While landing Fraziars may be a long shot, JaJuan Seider should never be counted out in a Florida recruitment.


On Tuesday, top 100 running back Jalen Berger released his top 10 with Nittany Lions making the cut.

Berger attends Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey. While it is great to see the Nittany Lions in his top group, it is vital that they get him back on campus if they are going to be players in this recruitment. According to his 247 sports timeline, Berger has not visited Happy Valley since April of 2018.