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Recruiting notebook: Flowers’ decision coming Friday

Photo from Mehki Flowers Twitter

Just days before he announces his commitment, Pennsylvania Class of 2022 standout Mehki Flowers revealed his top teams. Last Sunday, Flowers released a top ten list that includes Penn State, as well as Arizona State, Kentucky, UConn, Rutgers, Howard, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, and West Virginia.

Flowers expects to make his decision on Friday, Jan. 1 at 3:30 p.m. on his Instagram. A 4-star athlete from Harrisburg, he is rated the fourth-best player in Pennsylvania for his class, and 121st recruit nationally, per 247Sports.

His outlook in college most likely will be at receiver, but he could also project as a defensive back. Penn State offered the Steelton-Highspire standout in June 2019, and he visited University Park on multiple occasions since then.

Flowers wants to play on both sides of the ball. The Penn State coaching staff sent him this video, which has all the coaches wearing Flowers’ No. 9 and the offensive and defensive coaches talking about wanting him on their side.

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If he selects Penn State, he would become the highest-rated member of the class, and the highest-rated player from Pennsylvania to select Penn State since Micah Parsons in the Class of 2018.

PSU offers promising QB Rashada

While Penn State may still look to add a quarterback to its current roster via transfer, or take another QB in the Class of 2022, the Nittany Lions have also commenced their search for a signal caller in the Class of 2023.

Last week, Penn State extended an offer to California’s Jaden Rashada, joining Auburn, Arizona State, Cal, and Utah as notable schools to pursue the sophomore. Rashada, who hails from Pittsburg, California, intended to play this past campaign at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, but ultimately opted to return to the Golden State instead.

Listed at 6-foot-4 and 179 pounds, Rashada is evaluated as the top dual-threat QB in his class by 247Sports. To this point, he’s the only dual-threat QB that the Nittany Lions have offered in the Class of 2023, although they have already targeted four pro-style quarterbacks.

PSU makes top list for Michigan athlete

The Nittany Lions have enjoyed tremendous success in Michigan thus far in the Class of 2021, securing four commitments from the state.

Penn State appears to be in the mix for another Michigan product in the Class of 2022, as Tyrell Henry included the Nittany Lions among his final nine teams last week. Henry, a three-star athlete from Roseville, Michigan, also is considering Cincinnati, Nebraska, Youngstown State, Howard, West Virginia, Michigan State, Michigan, and Syracuse.

Evaluated as a three-star athlete and ranked 553 nationally, Henry received his offer from the Nittany Lions in April.

Walchak, Susen pledge as preferred run-ons

Two talented seniors from Pennsylvania recently announced that they will join Penn State’s recruiting class as preferred run-ons.

Ethan Susen, a running back, wide receiver, and cornerback from Wilmington, and Bobby Walchak, a running back and linebacker from Pottsville Area, announced their decisions to accept the offers from Penn State. Susen garnered First-Team All-State accolades as a running back in Class 2A this past campaign.

PROs are the equivalent of walk-ons, meaning that they will not receive a scholarship to begin their career with the Nittany Lions, but could potentially earn one in the future.

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