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Blessed & Honored: 6/23/20

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Even without summer visits the never ending recruiting season continues to carry on for the Nittany Lions

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QB COMMIT MAKES THE ELITE 11

While the summer camp circuit may have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Elite 11 quarterback competition is still on. The Elite 11 is set to take place June 29 - July 1 in Nashville, and Penn State quarterback commit Christian Veilleux will be one of 20 quarterbacks competing in Nashville at the end of the month.

In a normal year the best performers at the Elite 11 would then go on to compete at The Opening Finals in July. This summer, however, The Opening Finals have been canceled. However, this is still a great opportunity for Veilleux.

Veilleux is not a consensus four-star prospect across all recruiting services, but he should be. His film is among the best of any quarterback in the 2021 cycle. The Elite 11 will give Veilleux the opportunity to earn a ratings bump that he lost with the canceling of the spring/summer camp circuit.

NEW OFFERS

As Penn State continues to search for a running back in their 2021 class, they extended a new offer this week to a 2021 running back. This offer went out to Louisiana Tech commit Ke’Travion Hargrove.

Do not let Hargrove being a Louisiana Tech commit fool you. He is a four-star prospect, and plays against some of the stiffer competition in the Southeast hailing from Ruston, Louisiana. He has great feet, burst and vision as a ball carrier. Hargrove can also be a threat out of the backfield in the passing game. Since late April, Oklahoma State, South Carolina and Florida State have all also offered, in addition to the Nittany Lions. He also holds Power 5 offers from Baylor, Boston College and Michigan State. Assuming visits resume for games in the fall, it would not be a surprise to see Hargrove end up on campus for a visit.

Penn State has also offered the top quarterback in the 2022 cycle, Texas native Quinn Ewers.

Ewers plays at Southlake Carroll High School which is one of the best high school football programs in the country. This offer was more than likely one to gauge if Ewers is interested in Penn State or not. If he is, the next step would be getting him to campus for a visit in the fall.

TOP GROUPS

Penn State has found themselves in another pair of top groups for 2021 prospects. The first of these two top groups is that of three-star cornerback Damond Harmon.

Harmon hails from Highland Springs High School in Highland Springs, Virginia. The Commonwealth of Virginia has been very kind to Penn State in recent cycles. Currently, Penn State holds a pair of cornerback commits for 2021 and they continue to be among the leaders, if not the leader, for De’Jahn Warren who is the top JUCO cornerback in the class. So rather or not Penn State pushes for Harmon could hinge on how many cornerbacks they would like to take in this class.

Wide receiver is one position, along with defensive end, with huge question marks surrounding it in this cycle for the Nittany Lions. Well, one player that appears to be very interested in Penn State is three-star Michigan native Andrel Anthony.

Anthony was supposed to be on campus for an official visit this spring, but, obviously, that did not happen. Anthony has raved about Penn State in interviews, and it is very possibly that the Nittany Lions currently lead for the East Lansing native. For much of his recruitment it appeared things would have to go wrong for the Nittany Lions on their receiver board for Anthony to become a take. Well, just about everything has gone wrong in receiver recruiting. So, Anthony’s name is one that Nittany Lion fans may want to get to know.