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Good news appears to be on the horizon for Penn State on the recruiting trail

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic - Memphis v Penn State Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

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The state of Michigan has been very good to Penn State thus far in the 2021 recruiting cycle. On July 17, that may continue. On July 17, four-star Michigan linebacker Jamari Buddin will announce his commitment. Penn State currently owns 93% of the 247Sports crystal ball predictions for Buddin.

Penn State has already landed defensive backs Jaylen Reed and Kalen King, as well as Kalen’s twin brother Kobe, who is a linebacker, from Michigan this cycle. Now it appears that Buddin will join the group on July 17.

TOP GROUPS

Penn State has made the top 10 for four-star 2021 defensive lineman Kelvin Gilliam.

While Gilliam is listed as a defensive end, he is all but assured to end up at defensive tackle at the collegiate level. While Gilliam’s lone current 247Sports crystal ball is for Oklahoma, there is a lot of chatter that Penn State leads for the borderline top-100 prospect. Gilliam has previously raved about his relationship with new Penn State defensive line coach John Scott Jr., and the Nittany Lions appear to be in a great spot in this recruitment.

Sticking with 2021, the Nittany Lions have also made the top 10 of four-star running back Jaylin White.

White is a native of Dothan, Alabama. The in state Crimson Tide have yet to offer White, which could leave his recruitment pretty wide open. Four of the schools in White’s top 10, Penn State included, offered him after the coronavirus recruiting dead period began.

While he has never visited Penn State, running backs coach JaJuan Seider has proven to be a recruiting wizard in the past. If he can get White to campus for a visit, whenever visits start to occur again, Penn State could be a contender for White. Look for White to attempt to hold out and announce his commitment after the season ends, during which he will look to take visits.

Penn State has also made the top 10 for another four-star 2022 running back, Ohio native Gi’Bran Payne.

Payne is another player that has yet to visit campus. But, again, Seider should never be counted out in a recruitment. Especially in Payne’s case as he is in the heart of Big Ten country in Ohio. Of course, a Buckeye offer down the road could always be a game changer in this recruitment.

NEW OFFERS

Penn State has offered 2022 tight end Jack Nickel.

Nickel is a native of Alpharetta, Georgia. Last fall, Nickel visited State College for the Nittany Lions victory over Purdue. Nickel traveling from Georgia to State College on his own dime, and without an offer to boot, indicates some serious interest in the program. His name could be one to watch moving forward as the 2022 cycle comes more into focus.