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Blessed & Honored: 1/12/2021

Top group SZN makes its return this week

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Wide receiever Kaden Saunders is one of the prized jewels of Penn State’s 2022 recruiting class. Over the weekend the Ohio native announced that he has earned a big honor when he committed to playing in the 2022 Under Armor All-American Game.

The UA Game is one of the best high school all-star games. During his time in Orlando for the game Saunders will be able to hone hsi craft by competing against some of the best players in the country. It is also good for the Penn State brand to get as many players as possible playing in these types of games.


In the past week a pair of four-star 2022 prospects released a top group that included the Nittany Lions. The first of which was cornerback Jaeden Gould.

Gould attends Bergen Catholic in Oradell, New Jersey. Gould is a player who has long had the Nittany Lions toward the top of his list and he had previously visited campus prior to COVID-19 putting a pause on recruiting visits. This a recruitment where the Nittany Lions should be among the top two or three schools until the end.

The other player was IMG Academy running back Kaytron Allen.

While it will be an uphill climb for the Nittany Lions to land Allen, this is a recruitment they have quietly been lingering aorund in for a little while now. At IMG Academy, Allen will be a teammate with Penn State commit Drew Shelton and offensive lineman Tyler Booker, who also has Penn State in his top group, in the fall. Again, it will be a massive uphill climb to land Allen, but this is a recruitment Penn State has made themselves legitimate players in.