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Blessed & Honored: 9/3/2019

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Visitors to campus, top groups, and more!

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As is usually the case for the season opener, it was a light weekend in terms of visitors for James Franklin and company. However, the Nittany Lions did host a big 2022 visitor in defensive end Ken Talley.

Talley attends Northeast High School in Philadelphia and is on his way to becoming one of the top players in the state for 2022. Early on in his recruitment the Nittany Lions appear to be on a great spot for the talented defensive linemen who has now visited Penn State three times since June.

Another notable underclass visitor was wide receiver Carnell Davis. Davis is a Richland, New Jersey, native where he attends St. Augustine Prep.

Penn State is one of 12 Power 5 offers for Davis thus far. With Davis having expressed interest in returning to campus for another visit, do not be surprised to see the Nittany Lions become a big player here.


Canadian tight end Theo Johnson is arguably Penn State’s top remaining target for 2020. Johnson has visited campus multiple times since being offered at camp last July. Now, Johnson knows when he’ll be back to Happy Valley.

According to the visit schedule he Tweeted out Johnson is set to return to Penn State for an official visit when the Nittany Lions host Michigan for the Whiteout in October. Johnson will also officially visit Georgia, Miami, Iowa, and Michigan this fall.

A strong argument can be made that Johnson is the best tight end in the country. How his fall visits go will likely be the deciding factor in Johnson’s recruitment, but entering the fall the Nittany Lions may hold the edge.


4-star 2021 defensive lineman Elliot Donald released his top 8 last week. To no surprise, the Nittany Lions were in this group.

Donald attends Pittsburgh Central Catholic and is the nephew of All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald. The Pittsburgh native is one of the top defensive tackles in the country for 2021. While his recruitment is just starting to rev up, he has been to Happy Valley multiple times already and Penn State will be in it until the end for Donald.

The Nittany Lions also made the top 5 for 5-star 2020 tight end Darnell Washington.

While the odds of Penn State landing a commitment from Washington are pretty low, there is a good shot they will get him on campus for an official visit. If nothing else, getting a 5-star tight end from the other side of the country on campus for an official visit is always good for the brand.


On Monday night, the Nittany Lion coaching staff extended their latest 2021 offer. The recipient was 4-star Indiana defensive lineman Rodney McGraw.

Penn State joins Boston College, Indiana, Iowa, and Purdue as Power 5 programs that have already offered McGraw.