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Blessed & Honored: 9/1/2020

Welcome to a new month of Penn State football recruiting news

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Last week, three-star 2021 defensive tackle Braezhon Ross released his top 5 schools. A bit surprisingly, this list included the Nittany Lions.

Ross hails from Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas. He has never visited Penn State, so the Nittany Lions cracking his top list was certainly a surprise. Although, in the world of COVID recruiting having never visited a campus doesn’t mean much. That said, it would be a surprise to see Ross be a take for the Nittany Lions who could potentially skip defensive tackle this cycle.


While the coronavirus pandemic has created a recruiting dead period, that has not stopped prospects from visiting campuses. Unfortunately, it has just stopped them from being able to interact with coaching staff’s while on campus.

Over the weekend, one of these ‘rona era visits took place in Happy Valley. This visit occurred when four-star 2023 offensive tackle Alex Birchmeier took in campus.

Birchmeier attends Broad Run High School in Ashburn, Virginia. He is currently ranked by 247Sports as the 2nd best offensive tackle and 29th best player nationally in their early 2023 rankings. Hailing from Virginia, look for Birchmeier to be a regular visitor to campus in the coming years. Getting in on this recruiting early on can only be a positive for the Nittany Lions.


Last Thursday, Penn State extended a scholarship offer to 2022 wide receiver Reggie Fleurima.

The four-star prospect hails from Naperville Central High School in Naperville, Illinois. Fleurima is shaping up to be one of the top wide receiver prospect in the Midwest in the 2022 cycle. When visits are able to resume, look for the Nittany Lions to push to get a visit from Fleurima.

The Nittany Lions have also offered two more defensive prospects in the 2022 cycle. They are linebacker Malaki Hamrick and cornerback Toriano Pride.

Hamrick hails from Shelby, North Carolina, while Pride is a Saint Louis native. With the way North Carolina is rolling with in-stat recruiting right now, it is difficult to envision any other team landing Hamrick. As for Pride, his recruitment appears to be more wide open and Penn State could potentially work there way into being a contender there if Pride is interested in the Nittany Lions.

Penn State might have their top quarterback target for 2023. This quarterback is Cameron Edge.

Edge attends regional, and national, powerhouse DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Maryland. So far, Edge is shaping up to be one of the top quarterback prospects in the 2023 cycle. Not only is DeMatha in Penn State’s back yard, it is a school James Franklin has had success at in the past. Players the Nittany Lions have landed from DeMatha during Franklin’s tenure include Shane Simmons, Coziah Izzard and Golden Israel-Achumba. Edge’s name is one Penn State fans should start to familiarize themselves with, because his name is one that will pop up a lot in the coming years.