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Blessed & Honored: 3/2/2020

The February dead period is over and things are once again about to get very busy for the Nittany Lions on the recruiting trail

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Over the weekend, offensive line commit Nate Bruce picked up a big honor when he was invited to participate in the ESPN Elite Underclassman Camp.

This is a big honor for the Harrisburg native, as well as a big opportunity. This will give him the opportunity to practice and compete against some of the best players in the country. Not only is this good exposure for him, but it is also some of the best practice he could ever have.


The Nittany Lions have made the top group of a trio of 2021 prospects. The first of which is offensive lineman Rocco Spindler.

Spindler, a four-star out of Michigan, visited Penn State for a junior day in early January. On the visit the Nittany Lions made a big move in his recruitment. Led by offensive line coach Phil Trautwein, Penn State has put themselves comfortably among Spindler’s top schools. While pulling him out of the start of Michigan will not be easy, if the Nittany Lions can get him back on campus for another visit they could prove to be the team capable of doing it.

As the clock struck midnight on Saturday, 2021 wide receiver JJ Jones released his top 14 schools. This group included the Nittany Lions.

Jones was in town to watch the Nittany Lions defeat Michigan in front of a White Out crowd last October. He has been high on the Nittany Lions since that visit. If the Myrtle Beach native pops up on campus again for a visit this spring/summer, then Penn State should be firmly in the thick of things in his recruitment.

Finally, there is four-star running back Amari Daniels.

The Miami native has yet to visit Penn State. However, as we have seen in the past some times all it takes for the Nittany Lions to land prospects out of the Sunshine State is one visit to campus. The JaJuan Seider effect, friends.


Over the weekend, James Franklin and his staff extended an offer to three-star cornerback Damond Harmon. This made the Nittany Lions the 9th Power 5 program to offer Harmon, joining fellow Big Ten schools such as Ohio State and Michigan.

Harmon is a Highland Springs, Virginia, native. During the Franklin Era the Nittany Lions have recruited the state of Virginia very well. Assuming a visit follows now that he holds an offer, Penn State could quickly become one of the leaders in Harmon’s recruitment.

Then on Sunday night, the Nittany Lion coaching staff extended an offer to three-star tight end Lake McRee. The Texas native became the first tight end offered since Nick Elksnis de-commited earlier in the day on Sunday.

McRee attends Lake Travis High School in the Lonestar State. The Nittany Lions became McRee’s 17th Power 5 offer, joining the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, and Texas, among others. In order for McRee to truly be on Penn State’s radar, Tyler Bowen and the Nittany Lion staff will need to get him on campus for a visit.