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Blessed & Honored: 10/5/2021

Another weekend of recruits visiting Happy Valley for a Penn State victory is in the books

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


Before you know it high school football all-star game season will be here. Last week a Penn State commit announced that they will participate in all-star game SZN. This commit is 2022 linebacker Keon Wylie.

Wylie will play in 2022 All-American Bowl. Wylie will join fellow Penn State commit Drew Allar in the game. It will be a great opportunity for Wylie to get to participate in the All-American Bowl and the activities that go with it, he will get to go against the best high school talent in the country in an iron sharpens iron type of environment. Having Wylie in the game will also be great PR for the Nittany Lions and their recruiting class.


While it was a smaller visitor list, a night game will always attract recruits to campus. This was the case on Saturday night as the Nittany Lions hosted some of their top 2023 targets on campus. One of these targets was top 100 athlete Rodney Gallagher.

Gallagher is an in-state target who attends Laurel Highlands High School in Uniontown. He is both a top tier football and basketball recruit who has visited Penn State more than any other school. Gallagher will be a priority target for James Franklin and his staff throughout the cycle and the Nittany Lions may have positioned themselves as the early leaders in his recruitment.

Another priority in-state recruit that made it to campus was high four-star linebacker Ta’Mere Robinson form Brashear. To be honest, Robinson is probably underrated as the 105th best player in the country according to the composite rankings of 247Sports.

Like Gallagher, the Nittany Lions will be in a dog fight for Robinson. Every big-time player in the country will pursue Robinson with vigor. That said, Robinson just continues to pop up on campus for visits which is not a bad thing for the Nittany Lions.

Linebackers Phil Picciotti and Semaj Bridgeman were both on campus as well.

Picciotti attends Pennridge High School which previously produced current Nittany Lion defensive end Nick Tarburton. Picciotti continues to pop up on campus on game day and appears to be on commit watch each time he does.

As for Bridgeman, he attends Archbishop Wood in Warmisnter. This was Bridgeman’s second visit to Penn State in the last five months and the Nittany Lions appear to also be among the his top schools early on.


Another in-state 2023 visitor to Penn State this past weekend was wide receiver Kenny Johnson. Following the visit, Johnson picked up an offer from the Nittany Lions.

Penn State joined Temple and Toledo as FBS programs who have offered Johnson. With the Nittany Lions extending a scholarship offer to Johnson it is clear that they are high on the receiver. With how well Taylor Stubblefield has done as Penn State receiver coach it’s hard not to trust the staff’s judgement with receivers.