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Blessed & Honored: 2/18/2020

The Nittany Lion coaching staff was busy dishing out new offers this past week

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The Nittany Lion coaching staff was busy dishing out scholarship offers this past week. This included a pair of offers to in state prospects. These two players are safety Donovan McMillon and athlete Khalil Dinkins.

In recent months McMillon’s recruitment has started to balloon. Since the first of the year Louisville, Michigan, Notre Dame, Virginia, and Virginia Tech have all offered McMillon. With the offer, Penn State became the 12th Power 5 program to offer the Peters Township native. Penn State, in particular, appears to be an offer McMillon was waiting on.

Like McMillon, Dinkins has saw his recruitment start to take off recently. The North Allegheny standout has picked up offers form Boston College, Michigan, Syracuse, and Virginia Tech, in addition to the Nittany Lions, since the calendar flipped to 2020. As is almost always the case with in state offers, the Nittany Lions should be viewed among the top contenders for both McMillon and Dinkins moving forward.

Staying in Pennsylvania, the Nittany Lions also extended an offer at Lackawannna Community College. This offer went out to cornerback De’Jahn Warren.

In recent years Lackawanna has become a pipeline for Penn State with the additions of Paris Palmer, JaQuan Brisker, and Anthony Whigan, in addition to 2020 signees Norval Black and Ji’Ayir Brown. Last season Warren had five interceptions and blocked five kicks on his way to being an honorable mention JUCO All-American. Hopefully, the Lackawanna pipeline will continue with Warren.

On Monday, new defensive line coach John Scott Jr. got busy offering prospects he had previously recruited at South Carolina. Coach Scott started with a pair of offers in the state of South Carolina, offering defensive linemen Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins and Justus Boone.

Coach Scott then moved to North Carolina. In the Tar Heel State, an offer went out to defensive tackle Nicholas Barrett.

Georgia was the next state down south that saw Coach Scott extend an offer in. This offer went to defensive tackle Marlin Dean.

For each of these players the next step for Penn State will be getting them on campus. Due to prior relationships with Coach Scott it is not unreasonable to think they could get some of these players to Happy Valley, nor is it crazy to think that Penn State could be among the players for some of these prospects. Especially with how well Coach Franklin and company do during recruiting weekends.


Top-100 running back Evan Pryor has released his top 6 schools. To no surprise, the Nittany Lions made the cut.

While Pryor has not been on campus since the White Out Game victory over Michigan, the North Carolina native has still visited Penn State more than any other school. Pryor’s sister attends Penn State, so he and his family are very familiar with State College. As Pryor begins to cut his recruitment down, the Nittany Lions appear to be in as good as spot as any one.