With the NCAA-imposed recruiting dead period likely coming to an end this summer, several top targets have finalized plans to check out Penn State.
As noted last week, Nicholas Singleton, Joe Strickland, and Jaeden Gould have official visits (OV) scheduled for June 11. Since that time, Dani Dennis-Sutton has also locked in an OV that day. Dennis-Sutton, a four-star defensive end from McDonough School in Maryland, is among the top targets remaining on Penn State’s recruiting board, regardless of position.
The following week, a trio of players intend to take their official visits to Penn State. Cornerback Ryan Turner, and defensive ends Anto Saka and Keon Wylie scheduled OVs for June 18.
Turner, a four-star prospect per the 247 Sports Composite, is from Hollywood, Florida, and attends Chaminade-Madonna High School, the same school that produced former PSU receiver John Dunmore. Turner, who also runs track, received his offer from the Nittany Lions in October. He boasts offers from Clemson, Ohio State, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Oregon, Texas A&M, and Wisconsin, among others.Anto
Saka, from Towson, Maryland, is a three-star talent. He garnered his offer from Penn State last month, as the Nittany Lions joined fellow Big Team schools Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, and Rutgers on Saka’s offer sheet.
Wylie, a three-star prospect and 19th-best player in Pennsylvania, attends Philadelphia powerhouse Imhotep Institute. Teammate Enai White, also a defensive end, is perhaps the top player on Penn State’s board. Wylie, who is listed at 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, received his Penn State offer last April. His other notable offers are Oklahoma, Michigan, Arizona State, and Texas A&M.
Offensive linemen Allen, McNeil visit campus
A pair of offensive linemen, Jacob Allen and Maleek McNeil, visited Penn State over the past few days, albeit in an unofficial capacity.
Allen is a four-star prospect who attends the Hun School in Princeton, New Jersey, the same school that produced current Penn State players Fred Hansard and Caeden Wallace. Allen is ranked 93th nationally in the Class of 2022. His Penn State offer came last April, and he included the Nittany Lions in his top 10 list earlier this month. Other schools in that group consisted of Boston College, Duke, Florida, Miami, Michigan State, Pitt, Rutgers, South Carolina, and Virginia.
McNeil hails from the Bronx, New York, but is attending The Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, Massachusetts, and is ranked as a three-star talent. Possessing a massive physique at 6-foot-8, 330 pounds, he received his Penn State offer last month. Other schools in the mix for his services include Boston College, Duke, Pitt, Rutgers, and Syracuse.
While the prospects were not permitted to meet with coaches, they could tour the campus.
Several players include PSU on top lists
Over the past week, five players from the Class of 2022 included Penn State on their top lists. That quintet includes Nicholas Singleton, Joe Strickland, Darrius Clemons, Greg Gaines, and Dominick James.
Singleton released a top nine, which also included Texas A&M, Ohio State, Auburn, Notre Dame, Michigan, Wisconsin, Alabama, and Northwestern.
Strickland named his top 10 contenders, a group that also consisted of Michigan, Virginia, Cincinnati, Indiana, Purdue, Harvard, Northwestern, Stanford, and Nebraska.
Clemons, a four-star receiver who is ranked 132nd nationally, also included Oregon, Auburn, Arizona, Notre Dame, Stanford, Oregon State, Northwestern, Michigan, and Southern Cal. From Portland, Oregon, Clemons received his offer from the Nittany Lions last April.
Gaines, also a four-star receiver, put Penn State among his dozen favorites, which also includes Kansas State, Marshall, Iowa State, Georgia Tech, Indiana, FSU, UCF, West Virginia, USF, Virginia Tech, and Georgia. He hails from Tampa, Florida.
James is a four-star defensive tackle who attends the heralded IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, but previously attended high school in Alabama. His other contenders consist of South Carolina, Oregon, Arizona, Ohio State, Florida, Alabama, Texas A&M, Southern Cal, UCF, Wisconsin, and Georgia.
Nittany Lions offer ’22 LB Josephs
Penn State has extended a bevy of offers to prospects from Georgia in the Class of 2022, and the Nittany Lions added another name to that list on Tuesday – three-star linebacker Joshua Josephs, from Kennesaw, which is the same hometown as former PSU commit Justin Fields. Josephs, who attends North Cobb High School, has an extensive offer list, including Arizona State, Miami, Michigan, UNC, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia. He intends to narrow his focus for potential schools in June.