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Blessed & Honored: 9/17/2019

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It was another busy visitor weekend in Happy Valley

Pittsburgh v Penn State Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images


The visitors to campus this weekend included a pair of official visitors. These official visitors were new defensive end commit Zuriah Fisher and safety Elijah Gaines.

Originally, I started to work on this on Sunday night and a whole bunch of words typed about how Fisher’s visit went well and the Nittany Lions were in a good spot for the Aliquippa native. Well, I went ahead a scraped all of that mumbo jumbo since Fisher committed to the Nittany Lions on Monday afternoon. You can read more about Fisher and his commitment here.

As for Gaines, the New York City native attends Episcopal in Virginia. This is the same school that produced current Nittany Lion safety Jonathan Sutherland. This was the first official visit for Gaines which gave the Nittany Lions the opportunity to set the bar, and they appear to have set it high.

In addition to the newly committed Fisher, fellow defensive line commit Fatorma Mulbah was in town. Mulbah is quickly becoming a familiar face at home games this season.

Peer recruiting is often times the best type of recruiting. We may have seen a little bit of that with Mulbah and Fisher this past weekend.

The Nittany Lions also had a five-star 2021 legacy recruit in town. For the first time this season, Warwick offensive tackle Nolan Rucci was in town.

While it was the first game Rucci has visited for this fall, it was far from his first visit to campus. Rucci, the son of ex-Nittany Lion Todd Rucci, has visited campus approximately 1,000 times already. But any time he gets back on campus, especially for a game atmosphere, is a good thing for the Nittany Lions. There are few players, regardless of position, higher on the 2021 recruiting board than Rucci.

Joining Rucci from the 2021 PA class was four-star Philadelphia safety/linebacker Tysheem Johnson.

Johnson attends Neumann Goretti School. This was his third visit to campus since being offered in January, and his first for a game. As Coach Franklin and company look to use a strong PA class to help build a strong core to their 2021 class, getting players like Rucci and Johnson on campus as often as possible will help.

Yet another big in state visitor was 2022 defensive end Enai White.

The Imhotep product has been a regular visitor to campus in recent months. White is shaping up to be one of the top defensive end recruits not just in the region but the country for 2022. It’s very early in his recruitment, but the Nittany Lions are in a great spot thus for with White.


On October 4th, four-star wide receiver KeAndre Lambert will announce his college decision.

Lambert took an official visit to Penn State and North Carolina over the summer. This past weekend, he officially visited Virginia Tech. These three schools appear to be best positioned to land a commitment from Lambert in 17 days. Currently, Penn State holds a 247Sports crystal ball prediction for Lambert from 247Sports director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong.


With the addition of JaJuan Seider to the Penn State coaching staff following the 2017 season the Nittany Lions have won some big recruiting battles in Seider’s native Florida. On Friday, the Nittany Lions extended a new offer in the Sunshine State. This offer went out to 2021 cornerback Kevin Knowles.

Knowles offer list already includes programs such as Alabama and Clemson, in addition to Penn State. Due to the Seider effect, the Nittany Lions have proven to be players for most Florida kids they get to campus. Knowles plans to visit Penn State for a game later this fall.