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Blessed & Honored: 5/5/2020

Coronavirus be damned, Penn State remains red hot on the recruiting trail

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James Franklin and his staff remain busy extending new offers on the recruiting trial. These new offers include the 2021 class, where Taylor Stubblefield remained busy by extending an offer to Demetrius Cannon.

Cannon hails from Trinity Catholic in St. Louis. Wide receiver remains a question mark for Penn State in 2021. Current commit Liam Clifford could end up at wide receiver or safety. While Penn State is in a good sport for multiple talented wide receivers such as Donte’ Thornton and Kaden Prather, they do not have a true receiver on board yet, which is a likely driving force behind the staff extending new wide receiver offers and growing the board.

A 2021 receiver offer also went out to Tennessee commit Jordan Mosley.

Mosley is a South Carolina native that has been committed to Tennessee since last June. This offer may have just been a feeler offer to gauge his interest. If he is interested in the Nittany Lions, Coach Stubblefield will look to get him on campus when visits resume.

For a new 2022 offer the Nittany Lion coaching staff returned to a state in which they have had a lot of success on the recruiting trail of late — Michigan. This new offer in Michigan went out to defensive lineman Alex VanSumeren.

VanSumeren is currently committed to Michigan. However, with the amount of success Penn State has had recruiting the state of Michigan lately it would not be a surprise to see him pop up on campus for a visit at some point.

Two other offers that were extended to players in states that Penn State has recruited well went out to running back George Pettaway and cornerback Trevell Mullen.

Pettaway hails from Virginia and is shaping up to be one of the top running backs in the 2022 cycle. With how well Penn State has recruiting both the state of Virginia and the running back position, they should find themselves heavily involved in Pettaway’s recruitment.

As for Mullen, he is a Florida native. It has been said a bunch, but as long as JaJuan Seider is on the staff Penn State should always have a fighting chance with recruits from Florida. If they get to campus for a visit, which is often times the case with Seider’s guys, Penn State has a chance to make their claim.

Penn State also offered 2023 offensive line prospect Antonio Tripp.

Tripp attends McDonough School in Maryland. In recent years, McDonough has been a Penn State pipeline producing players such as defensive linemen PJ Mustipher and D’Von Ellies, as well as linebacker Curtis Jacobs. When you combine Penn State getting in early on Tripp with the coaching staff’s relatiosnship at McDonough, they should be a major player in this recruitment.


On Friday, four-star Peters Township safety Donovan McMillon released his top 10 schools.

Penn State appears to be close to the top of this list. McMillon has not taken a ton of visits yet, so his recruitment is still pretty open among these 10 schools. That said, he has been to Penn State multiple times and the Nittany Lions should remain among his top schools until the end of his recruitment.

The Nittany Lions already have a pair of safeties on board in their 2021 class, but they will continue to recruit McMillon and Pittsburgh native Derrick Davis Jr. Especially since either McMillon or Davis Jr. could also play SAM linebacker for the Nittany Lions.