If we can’t be happy about the current state of Penn State football, at least we can dream about the future. Even amid being locked in on Ohio State prep, the Nittany Lions were able to make waves in the recruiting world.
FRANKLIN VISITS QB COMMIT
The highlight of this week’s recruiting news was a Friday visit by James Franklin to four-star quarterback Ethan Grunkemeyer’s Senior Day. Olentangy High School is not far from Columbus, where Penn State had a game the next day (duh).
Due to the convenient location, much of the Penn State football beat was also on hand for the game.
Senior night for Penn State QB commit Ethan Grunkemeyer and family pic.twitter.com/CGBrEkN6iZ— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) October 20, 2023
We were told Penn State James Franklin would be attending tonight’s Olentangy vs Marysville game, arriving by helicopter.— Kellyanne Stitts (@KellyanneStitts) October 20, 2023
Here he is. He’s checking out Penn State commit and Olentangy QB Ethan Grunkemeyer pic.twitter.com/GmAX5YXgI1
Olentangy went on to pick up the win over Marysville, improving its record to 9-1.
LEGACY LB VISITS THE SHOE
Four-star linebacker Anthony Sacca, out of Philadelphia’s St. Joe’s Prep, was in Columbus to watch Penn State get embarrassed by the Buckeyes. This is only notable because his dad, Tony Sacca, was a Nittany Lions quarterback from 1988 to 91.
Back in Columbus this weekend pic.twitter.com/PgrydpwQBw— Anthony Sacca (@saccaanthony) October 17, 2023
Despite the legacy connection, Penn State doesn’t seem to be a front-runner for Sacca at this point in his recruiting process. He’s visited Michigan and Notre Dame in addition to Ohio State and holds offers from Florida State, Georgia, and Miami.
PENN STATE OFFERS EXCITING SOUTHERN PROSPECTS
Penn State’s recruiting staff took a break from some of its Ohio State prep to extend a handful of intriguing offers to prospects from southern states. It’s no surprise Ja’Juan Seider was involved in at least two of their recruitments.
The first was to Class of 2026 wide receiver Devin Carter (no, not that wide receiver Devin Carter) from Ellenwood, Georgia. The four-star prospect is already verbally committed to Florida State, but is early in his recruiting process. He’s currently slated as a top-10 prospect in the state of Georgia.
Next up was another Georgia prospect, four-star 2026 running back Jonaz Walton, who is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 2 running back in his class. The Central High School prospect also holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, and Georgia, among others.
#AGTG After a great conversation with @chrismahon_ @coachseider @coachjfranklin , I am blessed to have received my first Big-10 offer from @PennStateFball‼️@CoachUBrown @CoachWmWalton @ChadSimmons_ @247Sports @NwGaFootball @RecruitGeorgia pic.twitter.com/xS3ANdVFeR— Jonaz Walton (@JonazWalton) October 19, 2023
Class of 2025 linebacker Ty Jackson, a four-star from Flordia, also got the call from the Nittany Lions. Jackson is a late riser in the recruiting cycle and did not receive a Power 5 offer until attending camp at Tennessee in May. Florida State, Miami, and Florida are among the other schools that have extended offers.