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Blessed & Honored: 2/16/2021

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It was another busy week in the world of Penn State recruiting

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FOUR-STAR 2022 QUARTERBACK’S FINAL 4

Highly touted quarterback AJ Duffy has released his final four schools.

While the Nittany Lions being included in this group is not a surprise, there was one major surprise. That major surprise was the lack of inclusion of Duffy’s perceived leaders Arizona State.

For a few weeks now the Sun Devils have been viewed as the leaders for Duffy and he holds six of Duffy’s seven crystal ball predictions from 247Sports. Even though Arizona State was left off of Duffy’s final four, it appears this was just him trying to stir up some drama in his recruitment. All signs still point toward him selecting the Sun Devils when he commits in March.

2022 QUARTERBACK TAKES VIRTUAL VISIT

Sticking with 2022 quarterbacks, Texas signal caller Nick Evers took a virtual visit of campus on Monday.

Last week we discussed potential second quarterbacks in the 2022 class. Monday afternoon, one of these prospects was Evers. Monday afternoon Evers took a virtual visit of campus and remains a name to watch in Penn State’s 2022 class.

NEW OFFERS

It was a busy week for the Nittany Lions in handing out offers to 2022 prospects. This included a pair of fast rising prospects in wide receiver Addison Copeland and cornerback Jayden Bellamy.

Until last week Copeland was committed to Rutgers. However, as the Buffalo, New York, native’s recruitment started to take off he de-committed from the Scarlet Knights. In addition to Penn State, Notre Dame also offered last week.

Bellamy plays for Bergen Catholic in Oradell, New Jersey. In addition to Penn State, Oklahoma and Notre Dame have both offered Bellamy this month as well. With his recruitment starting to take off and Bellamy being a prospect in the region, this could be a name to watch moving forward.

Another notable 2022 offer that the Nittany Lions extended was to defensive end Mason Thomas.

Thomas attends Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. With defensive end being a huge need for the Nittany Lions in the 2022 cycle every offer that goes out at the position is noteworthy. The Nittany Lions joined Iowa State, Pitt and Syracuse as Power 5 programs to offer Thomas. This recruitment appears like another one that is set to take off during the spring/summer camp circuit.

PENN STATE COMMIT COMPETES AT BEST OF THE MIDWEST

Over the weekend, four-star wide receiver commit Kaden Saunders competed at the Best of the Midwest Combine. It did not take Saunders long to turn heads at the combine and show why he is one of the top wide receivers in the 2022 class.

While Saunders is known for having great speed he took it to an elite level at the combine running a 4.31 second 40-yard dash.

Saunders was the first member of Penn State’s 2022 recruiting class. While the Ohio native remains locked in on the Nittany Lions that has not stopped other schools from recruiting the top-100 prospect hard. That said, right now all signs in Saunders’s recruitment continue to point toward him firmly being locked in with the Nittany Lions.