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June is here... and that means recruiting is about to get wild

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THE DEAD PERIOD IS FINALLY OVER

Finally... the COVID-19 induced emergency dead period is over. More than a year after the dead period was put into place by the NCAA recruits can now visit campus, both officially and unofficially, once again.

With the dead period now a thing of the past the month of June should be a busy one in Happy Valley. Each weekend in June is slated to be one full of unofficial and official visits for the Nittany Lions. This includes the big official visit weekends for the 2022 commits at the end of the month.

June will also see the return of prospect camps in Happy Valley. These camps are always a place where some prospects are able to earn offers and in turn find a place in recruiting classes.

To be honest, the recruiting dead period should have ended a few months ago. Thankfully, the end is here and recruiting is about to become a lot of fun to follow once again. Buckle up, friends.

TWO MORE PENN STATE COMMITS SHUT RECRUITMENTS DOWN

In recent weeks Penn State commits have taken to Twitter to announce that they are “107% committed” to Penn State, shutting their recruitment down. This past week, two more Nittany Lion commits got in on the trend. These two commits are tight end Jerry Cross and defensive end Ken Talley.

While there was never any real doubt that Talley was completed locked in with the Nittany Lions, it is good to see from Cross. Yes, Cross was one of the first member’s of Penn State’s 2022 class, but he still has never visited campus. The Wisconsin native is set to get to Penn State this month but getting this confirmation from Cross is good to see nonetheless.

Now, all of that said, this is recruiting. So, it still would not be a surprise to see a prospect who is “107% committed” pop up elsewhere for a visit. But saying all the right things is the right step toward truly shutting a recruitment down.

PENN STATE TRENDING FOR FOUR-STAR DEFENSIVE BACK

In the last five days six crystal ball predictions have been logged on 247Sports for four-star defensive back Jaedan Gould. All six of these crystal balls have been logged in favor of the Nittany Lions.

Gould attends Bergen Catholic in Ordaell, New Jersey, and has long been one of the top defensive back targets for the Nittany Lions in the 2022 cycle. Gould is set to officially visit Penn State next weekend and there appears to be a lot of steam building in favor of the Nittany Lions ahead of this visit.

Could Gould end his recruitment following the visit? It certainly seems possible. Right now the only other official visit he has scheduled is to USC this upcoming weekend. It would not be a surprise to see Gould join the Nittany Lion class sooner rather than later.

OFFENSIVE LINE COMMIT SET TO VISIT

The first visitor Penn State will get post-COVID dead period is offensive line commit Drew Shelton.

Shelton is set to visit campus today. While Shelton was one of the first members of Penn State’s 2022 class and is a Pennsylvania native it remains imperative for the Nittany Lion coaching staff to get Shelton on campus as often as possible.

With Shelton transferring to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, other big-time programs have remained hot and heavy in pursuit of Shelton. This makes it vital for the coaching staff to get Shelton on campus as often as possible while he is home this summer, as well as to recruit his as if he were un-committed prospect. Shelton will also be back on campus for his official visit later this month.