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Blessed & Honored: Upcoming Announcements to Know

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JaJuan Seider is good.

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Although recruiting news is a little light this week, that shouldn’t be the case for the rest of August as three of Penn State’s top targets will be announcing at some point over the next four weeks. Let’s do a quick rundown of who will be committing, and what the chances are that James Franklin has to send out a few more #WeAre...Better tweets.


August 9: Four-Star RB Caziah Holmes

Last year, Penn State running backs coach JaJuan Seider had a major impact on the Nittany Lions breaking into Florida, with four-star WR John Dunmore, four-star RB Noah Cain, and three-star WR TJ Jones all making the call for Penn State. As it turns out, the Seider Effect wasn’t just a one year deal as the Nittany Lions are poised to add four-star Florida RB Caziah Holmes to the fold on August 9. Holmes is down to Penn State and Florida State, and with his 247Sports Crystal Ball leaning heavily in favor of the Nittany Lions, it looks like Seider will again be successful in bringing another Florida boy north.

August 25: Three-Star OT Ibrahim Traore

This commitment date looks a little up in the air right now, as Traore originally tweeted he would be announcing on August 25, but has since deleted the tweet. Regardless, the Nittany Lions are sitting pretty here, owning all five of Traore’s 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions. If a decision does come this month, it would be a shocker if Penn State wasn’t the pick.

August 26: Four-Star RB Keyvone Lee

Let’s stick with the “four-star Florida running back” theme as goodness gracious, JaJuan Seider might just do it again. The 6-foot-0, 223-pound Lee only made one visit to Penn State (an official visit on April 26) but it appears that might have been enough with the Nittany Lions trending on Lee’s 247Sports Crystal Ball. There’s still a lot of time between now and August 26, so of course Florida or Florida State could re-take the lead, but I am of the opinion that Seider is a wizard and wizards are very difficult to beat on the recruiting trail.