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Blessed & Honored: 4/28/20

New offers and top group SZN carries on in the world of Penn State football recruiting

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With Penn State continuing to search for answers at defensive end in the 2021 recruiting cycle, they sent out an offer to four-star Iowa native TJ Bollers.

Bollers already held offers from programs such as Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Hopefully this offer will put the Nittany Lions in a position to get a visit from the highly rated Bollers when the mandated coronavirus induced recruiting dead period ends.

James Franklin and Kirk Ciarrocca also extended a pair of 2022 quarterback offers this past week. These two offers went out to Maryland native Preston Howard and Louisiana native Walker Howard.

Preston Howard attends McDonogh School, which is one Penn State has had a ton of success at in recent cycles. Current defensive tackles PJ Mustipher and D’Von Ellies are McDonogh graduates, as is incoming five-star linebacker Curtis Jacobs. Due to the strong relationship between McDonogh and Penn State, this is a recruiting the Nittany Lions should be a real player in. It should also be noted that Preston may wind up being recruited as more of an athlete than as a quarterback.

As for Walker Howard, the Louisiana now holds 11 Power 5 offers. These 11 offers include Alabama and LSU. This offer was likely a feeler offer from the staff to gauge any possible interest in an effort to get him to campus for a visit whenever the emergency dead period comes to an end.


Penn State’s 2021 class does not currently include a tight end commit. While it is unclear who the tight end in the class will be, fans should be confident the the Nittany Lions will land a good one. This is due to the recent production at the position and Tyler Bowen’s recruiting prowess/reputation as a tight end coach.

A pair of top tight end prospects put the Nittany Lions in their top groups, the first of which is Texas native Elijah Arroyo.

247Sports currently gives Arroyo an 89 rating, which is the highest rating a player can have and still be a three-star prospect. As his offer sheet which includes programs such as Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, and LSU indicates, he is a four-star talent. Arroyo was slated to visit Happy Valley this spring before the coronavirus led to the emergency recruiting dead period. When visits start back up, look for Arroyo to get to campus and for the Nittany Lions to be a legitimate player in his recruiting.

The other tight end top group the Nittany Lions cracked was the top 6 of four-star Nevada product Moliki Matavao.

Like Arroyo, Matavao was looking to get to Penn State during the spring and fans should expect to see him pop up on campus when the dead period ends. This is another recruitment that the Nittany Lions have a legitimate shot in if Matavao can get to campus. Tight end has become a position that simply recruits itself for Penn State.

Penn State also cracked the top 11 of four-star wide receiver Malik Nabers.

The Nittany Lions offered Nabers earlier this month and this offers appears to have piqued the Louisiana native’s interest. Nabers has a relationship with new wide receiver coach Tyler Stubblefield from his time at Miami. In fact, due to Stubblefield’s efforts, the Hurricanes are still the 247Sports crystal ball leader for Nabers. As there appears to be a good relationship between Nabers and Stubblefield, it would not be a surprise to see him pop up on campus whenever the coronavrius allows it.