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Blessed & Honored: 7/14/20

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Penn State appears primed to pick up a commitment on Friday, top groups, Nittany Lion commits compete at a regional camp, and more!

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FOUR-STAR LINEBACKER TARGET SET TO COMMIT ON FRIDAY

It feels like it has been an eternity since Penn State has received good news on the recruiting trail. Well, all signs point toward this changing on Friday when four-star Michigan linebacker Jamari Buddin announces his commitment.

Buddin will choose between Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State, and Purdue on Friday. Right now, the Nittany Lions hold all seven of his 247Sports crystal ball predictions. Penn State has recruited Michigan very well this cycle, and it appears that will continue on Friday when Buddin announces his college decision.

PENN STATE COMMITS/TARGET COMPETE AT ELITE UNDERCLASSMEN CAMP

While the spring/summer camp circuit has been almost completely wrecked by the coronavirus pandemic, some camps have still been able to take place. One of these camps was the Elite Underclassmen Camp which took place in Ohio over the weekend.

At this camp, two of the top performers were Penn State commits cornerback Kalen King and linebacker Kobe King. Josh Helmholdt of Rivals had both of the King twins among his five best performers from the event. Helmholdt said the King twins were among the two most fundamentally sound and physically impressive players at the camp. You can read more about Helmholdt’s evaluation of their performances here.

The aforementioned Buddin also competed at the camp. As we covered above, all signs point toward Buddin joining the King twins among Michigan natives to commit to the Nittany Lions when he announces his college decision on Friday afternoon.

NEW OFFERS

In the past week, the Nittany Lion coaching staff has been busy handing out 2022 offers. Two of these offers wen out to Tennessee cornerback Myles Pollard and Arkansas tight end Dax Courtney.

With both players being from out of the region, getting these on campus for visits will be key in order for the Nittany Lions to be players in their recruitments. That said, it remains to be seen when players will be able to visit campuses again.

Another noteworthy 2022 offer that was handed out was extended to wide receiver Christian Rapley.

Rapley attends Belleville High School in Belleville, Michigan. At Belleville, Rapley is a teammate of Buddin. He has also already been on campus, having visited for the White Out victory over Michigan last fall. With Penn State’s quickly forming connections at Belleville and in the state of Michigan, they could be one of the top schools in Rapley’s recruitment.

TOP GROUPS

Defensive backs Derrick Davis Jr. and De’Jahn Warren are two of Penn State’s top remaining targets for 2021. In the past week, the Nittany Lions have made the top 7 for each of these talented defensive backs.

Davis Jr. is a top-100, borderline five-star safety from Gateway High School outside of Pittsburgh. While Penn State and Ohio State appear to be the top two schools in his recruitment, LSU and Georgia should not be counted out either.

Davis Jr. has expressed interest in taking official visits this fall before announcing his college decision. However, that is looking less and less likely to happen. If these visits do not happen, that could bode well for Penn State as the Nittany Lions currently holds all four of his 247Sports crystal ball predictions.

As for Warren, like Davis Jr., each of his 247Sports crystal ball predictions is in favor of the Nittany Lions. Warren is the top rated JUCO cornerback in the country and for good reason. He possesses the tools needed to be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft one day.

Like Davis Jr., Warren has expressed interest in taking official visits this fall. If visits are allowed to take place, this has become much more doable for Warren since the JUCO season has officially been pushed to the spring.

Warren attends Lackawanna Community College which has become a pipeline for the Nittany Lions since James Franklin has arrived in Happy Valley. Since Franklin has arrived at Penn State, the Nittany Lions have offered seven Lackawanna prospects, including Warren. Each of the first six that they offered signed with the Nittany Lions.

Davis Jr. and Warren have long been two of the Penn State’s top targets for the 2021 cycle. While this class has not gone as many fans would have hoped, if Coach Franklin and company can close on Davis Jr. and Warren the 2021 defensive back class will still be among the best in the Big Ten.

A BIG HONOR FOR AN OL COMMIT

Penn State offensive lineman commit Landon Tengwall picked up a big honor on Monday afternoon. This honor was being named a first-team All-American by Max Preps.

Tengwall picking up this honor comes as no surprise. He is the top rated player in Penn State’s 2021 recruiting class and one of the best offensive line prospects in the 2021 cycle. While it is a rarity, as Connor McGovern is the only true freshman offensive lineman to see significant playing time during Coach Franklin’s tenure in Happy Valley, it would not be a surprise to see Tengwall push for playing time as a true freshman next fall.