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Blessed & Honored: 1/26/2021

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It’s time for our weekly look at all things Penn State football recruiting

NCAA Football: Michigan State at Penn State Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

2021 DEFENSIVE END TARGET SETS COMMITMENT PLANS

One of the few players that Penn State is continuing to recruit in the 2021 cycle is four-star defensive end Davon Townley. The Nittany Lions offered the Minneapolis native in June, and have since been one of his top schools.

Townley is one of the top uncommitted and unsigned players in the 2021 cycle and now it is known when he will announce his college decision. Townley will announce his college decision on the traditional National Signing Day, which is next Wednesday, February 3rd. He will announce his decision on CBS Sports HQ.

When Penn State offered Minnesota appeared to be the team to beat for Townley. Then Arizona State was trending for some time. The Golden Gophers and Sun Devils have since fallen to the wayside, and this recruitment may now be a battle between Penn State and Nebraska.

Townley has played his recruitment close to the vest throughout. However, the Nittany Lions have been the consistent among his top schools since June. With Townley’s decision a little over a week away the Nittany Lions may currently be the team to beat for the blue chip defensive end.

2022 COMMIT PLANS TO TRANSFER HIGH SCHOOLS

Athlete Mehki Flowers is the top rated recruit in Penn State’s 2022 class, per 247Sports composite rankings. While Flowers could be a star wide receiver or safety at the collegiate level, he will be finishing out his high school career at a new school.

Flowers has announced that he will transfer from Steelton Highspire to Central Dauphin East. While this transfer may not mean much for Flowers it could lead to him facing stiffer competition. Steel High plays at the 1A level while CD East is a 6A school. This could prove to be beneficial for Flowers development at the high school level.

TOP GROUPS

2022 wide receiver Antonio Gates Jr., the son of future NFL Hall of Fame tight end Antonio Gates, released his top 12 last Wednesday and this group included the Nittany Lions.

Gates Jr. hails from Dearborn, Michigan, and holds 10 Power 5 offers. With how well Penn State has recruited the state of Michigan in recent cycles they can never be counted out for a Michigan prospect. It would not be a surprise to see Gates Jr. make it to campus for a visit when visits are permitted again.