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Blessed & Honored: 3/30/2021

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Official visits scheduled, new offers and more in this week’s Blessed & Honored

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

OFFICIAL VISIT DATES SET

The weekend of June 11-13 is going to be a big recruiting weekend for Penn State. With a large list of prospects set to make an official visit to Happy Valley that weekend another name can be added to the list. That name is linebacker Omar Graham.

Graham hails from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and is a prospect who has quietly been on Penn State’s board for some time now. Due to JaJuan Seider the Nittany Lions can never be counted out for any Florida prospect they get on campus.

The following week, four-star Texas athlete Cristian Driver plans to officially visit Penn State.

Cristian is the son of former Pro Bowl wide receiver Donald Driver, who had James Franklin as his position coach in Green Bay in 2005. Driver could play wide receiver or defensive back at the collegiate level. While Driver hails from Texas, this is a recruitment the Nittany Lions are bigger players in than people may think. In fact, it would not be a surprise to see Driver’s commitment end with him being a Nittany Lion.

CORNERBACK TARGET PUSHES BACK COMMITMENT DATE

Four-star cornerback Julian Humphrey recently released a top 5 that included the Nittany Lions. He was originally set to make a college decision from this group on April 1st. However, he has since pushed his commitment date back.

Humphrey delaying his decision can only be good news for the Nittany Lions. If he was still set to commit on Thursday, odds are, the Nittany Lions would not have been the pick. That said, by pushing back his commitment date this gives him time to visit Penn State this summer before announcing a college decision. If Penn State can get Humphreys to campus for a visit then they will likely have a legitimate shot at landing the talented Texan.

NEW OFFERS

As Penn State continues to search for two running backs for their 2022 recruiting class new offers continue to go out. The latest was extended to South Carolina native CJ Stokes.

The aforementioned Seider is one of the best running back coaches, and recruiters, in the country. Due to this, the Nittany Lions should never be counted out in any running back recruitment. The Nittany Lions became the ninth Power 5 offer that Stokes has earned. Stokes could be a name to keep an eye on as Seider and Franklin continue to look for a pair of running backs this cycle.

Staying in the Carolinas, the Nittany Lions have also offered 2023 wide receiver Noah Rogers.

Rogers already holds four Power 5 offers and is shaping up to have a big time recruitment. Getting involved in a player’s recruitment early on can often times pay off in the long run, we will have to wait and see if an early offer from the Nittany Lions makes them a player in Rogers’ recruitment or not.