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Blessed & Honored: 7/2/2019

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The Nittany Lions have been red hot on the recruiting trail the past 10 days, and that appears ready to continue this week

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TOP COMMITS ANNOUNCE COMMITMENT PLANS

First and foremost, a reminder that cornerback Joseph Johnson plans to announce his commitment at 7 p.m. this evening. The Nittany Lions appear to be in a good spot to receive good news from the Virginia native this evening. So, stay tuned!

Defensive end Bryce Mostella plans to announce his commitment on Friday.

After an official visit to Penn State in June, the Michigan native has been trending to Penn State. The Nittany Lions have taken a commanding lead in Mostella’s 247 Sports Crystal Ball predictions, and it appears that Penn State’s run of defensive line commits will continue on Friday.

Offensive lineman Josh Fryar looks ready to commit on Thursday.

For much of the spring and summer the Nittany Lions appeared to be the leaders for the Indiana native. However, after an official visit to Ohio State in late June the Buckeyes now appear to the leaders in his recruitment. Unfortunately, it does not appear that Penn State will receive good news from the Fryar camp on Independence Day.

Texas wide receiver Parker Washington is among the players participating in The Opening Finals, more on that in a bit, this week in Dallas. Washington plans to announce his commitment while at The Opening. The Nittany Lions hold every prediction for the electric play maker on the 247 Sports Crystal Ball. If he does announce this week, it should bode well for Penn State.

Finally, there is four-star running back Caziah Holmes. The Florida native has announced that he will release his top 7 on July 9, and then commit on August 9.

Holmes has long been on the Nittany Lions radar. After an official visit in June, Penn State appears to have seized momentum in his recruitment and become the team to beat. Right now, all signs point toward Holmes being the running back in the 2020 class.

PENN STATE COMMITS/TARGETS AT THE OPENING FINALS

On Sunday, The Opening Finals kicked off. Being held in Dallas this year, The Opening brings together the best of the best in high school football. As is the case most years, The Opening is hosting a plethora of both Penn State commits and targets.

Four Penn State commits are participating in Dallas. Linebacker Curtis Jacobs, defensive back Enzo Jennings, and offensive linemen Golden Israel-Achumba and Olu Fashanu all earned invites to The Opening.

On Monday night, Jacobs star was shining bright in Dallas.

Jacobs has been one of the fastest rising linebacker recruits in the country this cycle. With a strong showing this week, he could make his case for being a top 50, if not a 5-star, prospect.

Fashanu also had a good showing on Monday. His performance led to him being named one of the top offensive linemen of the day by Brandon Huffman of 247 Sports. While Fashanu is a raw prospect, he has all the tools needed to be a top tier left tackle in the Big Ten and this was on display on Monday in Dallas.

On top the four commits, multiple Penn State targets are also competing in Dallas this week. On top of Washington and Holmes, tight end Theo Johnson and wide receiver KeAndre Lambert are also at The Opening.

Lambert posted an elite SPARQ score on Monday. While he is one of the top wide receiver prospects in the country, an argument can be made that Lambert remains underrated.

Penn State looks to be in as good a position as anyone in Lambert’s recruitment. Despite missing out on Julian Fleming, Penn State’s wide receiver class still has a chance to be among the best in the country and Lambert is a big reason why.