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Oh, Hello: 2022 Four-Star WR Kaden Saunders Commits to Penn State

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The Nittany Lions are on the board for 2022, and as we all expected it’s Taylor Stubblefield who lands the first fish.

THE SKINNY

Height/Weight: 5-foot-10, 172 pounds
Hometown/High School: Westerville, OH (Westerville South)
Ranking: ★★★★ (0.9343 247Sports Composite)
Notable Offers: Notre Dame, Michigan, Stanford, Texas, TCU, Michigan State, Arizona State, Pitt

HIGHLIGHTS

THE TALE

The Nittany Lions were in early on Saunders, offering all the way back in March of 2019 during an official visit after his freshman season. The Ohio product then began to form an immediate bond with the coaches, visiting again in May, October and November of 2019, and Penn State appeared to be in a good spot before the departure of Gerad Parker to West Virginia.

Saunders then picked up an offer from Notre Dame in February while on a visit and it appeared the Fighting Irish would be Penn State’s biggest competition in his recruitment.

New wide receiver coach Taylor Stubblefield was, however, able to form a good bond with Saunders after he took over and eventually sealed the deal, landing his first big commitment as Nittany Lion.

OUTLOOK

Saunder has been a big-time prospect since the end of his freshman year and the game tape shows why. A two-sport athlete, he’s got fantastic tools and runs away from defenders effortlessly on tape.

Much like Jahan Dotson, he doesn’t appear to be a burner when you watch him play, but then he seems to just effortless glide away from defenders. Deceptively speed, if you will. Saunders is also electric in the open field and can make things happen with the ball in his hands.

It’s tough to project where he fits for Penn State this far out from actually signing, but his commitment is a nice boost of confidence for Stubblefield and with Saunders on board, the 2022 class, one which is loaded in Pennsylvania, could start rolling.