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Blessed & Honored: 5/25/2021

June will be a busy month in Happy Valley

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic it has been over a calendar year since the NCAA has allowed official or unofficial visits for prospects. This will change in June when visits resume and it is shaping up to be a busy, busy month in Happy Valley.

We have already discussed countless top prospects, as well as Penn State commits, who will officially visit campus in June. Now, three more highly sought after prospects can be added to the list. They are running back Damari Alston, defensive end Zane Durant and cornerback Keenan Nelson Jr.

Alston attends Woodward Academy in Atlanta. Due to the recruiting/coaching prowess of JaJuan Seider the Nittany Lions can never be counted out of a running back recruitment when they get that player on campus for a visit.

In addition to running backs, Seider can recruit the state of Florida with the best of them. That is where Durant hails from and this connection will make the Nittany Lions bigger contenders in this recruitment than one man think. Penn State also has a big need at defensive end this cycle which will likely lead to them turning up the heat on Durant during his official visit.

Finally, there is Nelson Jr. A product of St. Joe’s Prep in Philadelphia, Nelson Jr. is arguably the top defensive back target for the Nittany Lions in the 2022 cycle. Penn State currently holds each of the 247Sports crystal ball predictions for Nelson Jr. and appear to be in position to potentially end his recruitment during his official visit.


Top-100 wide receiver Kaden Saunders was the first member of Penn State’s 2022 recruiting class. While he has never wavered in his commitment to the Nittany Lions that has not stopped other schools from recruiting him.

The program that has recruited Saunders the hardest since he committed to Penn State has been Notre Dame. At one point it appeared Saunders could potentially visit South Bend at some point this summer. However, Saunders has announced that he is shutting his commitment down and he is locked in with the Nittany Lions.

Despite this, other teams will obviously continue to recruit Saunders. That’s recruiting. While there never appeared to be much smoke to Saunders being overly interested in any other programs having him shut his recruitment down and be firmly locked in with the Nittany Lions is still a big boost for the Nittany Lions as it will only help him further in his peer recruiting efforts.