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Blessed & Honored: 1/5/2020

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There is a lot of Penn State recruiting news to tackle in this week’s edition of Blessed & Honored

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BIG HONOR FOR 2022 COMMIT

Quarterback commit Beau Pribula had a terrific junior season for Central York. This junior season saw Pribula make big strides and it propelled him to four-star status. His terrific junior season also earned Pribula Pennsylvania 6A Player of the Year honors from the Pennsylvania Football News.

This award truly comes as no surprise. Pribula threw for 2,140 yards, rushed for 403 yards and scored 46 total touchdowns in 11 games played this past season. He also led Central York to their first district championship, as well as their first trip to the State Finals.

Congrats, Beau!

2022 COMMIT TRANSFERRING TO IMG ACADEMY

Four-star 2022 offensive line commit Drew Shelton is the top rated offensive lineman in Pennsylvania in 2022 recruiting cycle. However, Shelton will not a be a Pennsylvania lineman much longer. That is because Shelton is transferring to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

Playing his final year of high school football at IMG Academy will be a great opportunity for Shelton. Shelton will receive elite coaching while playing against the best competition in the country. At IMG Acdemy, Shelton will also be a teammate with a pair of Penn State’s top 2022 targets in fellow offensive lineman Tyler Booker and quarterback AJ Duffy. Having them around Shelton can only help Penn State’s chances.

Losing a commit to IMG, especially as a northern school, is never ideal. That said, being a Pennsylvania kid Shelton appears to be less of a concern. Plus, Penn State has had success at IMG in recent years signing Noah Cain as part of their 2019 recruiting class.

COULD A TOP TARGET COMMIT SOON?

Defensive end Dani Dennis-Sutton is arguably the top player on Penn State’s 2022 recruiting board. Now it appears that the top-100 defensive end could soon end his recruitment.

If Dennis-Sutton were to commit soon that would appear to be good news for the Nittany Lions. Penn State holds the lone crystal ball prediction for Dennis-Sutton on 247Sports and have long appeared to be the leaders for Dennis-Sutton. He also attends McDonough School in Maryland which has become a bit of a pipeline for Penn State producing defensive linemen PJ Mustipher and D’Von Ellies, as well as linebacker Curtis Jacobs in recent cycles.

Speaking of McDonough defensive linemen, defensive tackle Kwan Williams picked up a 247Sports crystal ball prediction from Brian Dohn on Monday even. Williams is a four-star prospect according to 247Sports, and is certainly a name worth monitoring for Nittany Lion fans in the 2022 cycle.

TOP GROUPS

We will start with the aforementioned Booker. The elite released his top 10 over the weekend, and this group included the Nittany Lions.

Throughout his recruitment the Nittany Lions have been among Booker’s top two or three schools. He has a great relationship with Penn State offensive line coach Phil Trautwein and that relationship has Penn State in a great position in this recruitment. Booker has in region ties to Penn State as he is a Connecticut native who started his high school career at Bergen Catholic in New Jersey. Hopefully, being around Shelton will only improve Penn State’s position in Booker’s recruitment.

Three-star 2022 defensive end Keon Wylie also put the Nittany Lions in his top group.

Wylie attends Imhotep Charter in Philadelphia. There is a chance that the Nittany Lions could be the team to beat for Wylie. That said, it is not clear where Wylie falls on Penn State’s recruiting board. He likely is not a take right now for the Nittany Lions. However, this could always change makin Wylie a player worth monitoring as the cycle goes on.

Penn State has also made the top 10 for 2022 athlete Dillon Tatum.

The four-star Tatum attends West Bloomfield High School in West Bloomfield, Michigan. This is the same school that produced current Penn State linebacker Lance Dixon. With how well Penn State has recruited Michigan in recent cycles, West Bloomfield High School included, they could be among Tatum’s top contenders moving forward.

2021 WIDE RECEIVER OFFER

With a little over a month to go until the traditional signing period on the first Wednesday of February, the Nittany Lions have extended a new 2021 offer. This offer went out to wide receiver Thai Chiaokhiao-Bowman.

Chiaokhiao-Bowman attends St. Thomas More Prep School in Oakdale, Connecticut, but is originally from Minneapolis. Penn State became his 6th FBS offer, and could be a school to watch if the Nittany Lions decide to push for another receiver in this cycle.