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Recruiting notebook: Lions making strong push in Texas

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Following the hiring of Mike Yurcich, Penn State has seemingly increased its recruiting emphasis in Texas. To that point, the Nittany Lions offered three players from the Lone Star State over the past week, including a pair of linemen in the Class of 2022 — Connor Robertson and Austin Kawecki.

Robertson hails from Austin, and plays for Westlake, which captured the Class 6A State Championship this past campaign. Standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 296 pounds, Robertson is a three-star talent who is ranked 518th nationally. His other notable offers consist of Texas, Miami, Minnesota, Northwestern, Stanford, and Southern Cal.

Kawecki, meanwhile, is from Frisco, and plays for Lebanon Trail. Measuring 6-foot-4 and 265 pounds, Kawecki is a three-star prospect who ranks 829th in the class. His offer sheet includes Baylor, Indiana, Maryland, UNC, Oklahoma State, Southern Cal, and Virginia Tech, among others.

Penn State did not just target Texas offensive linemen, however, as the Nittany Lions offered Class of 2023 quarterback Bo Edmundson. From Austin, Edmundson attends Lake Travis, and he threw for 17 touchdowns and just two interceptions as a sophomore. Although he’s currently unranked, Edmundson holds offers from Oklahoma State, Purdue, and SMU.

Five-star athlete Sabb schedules visit

While Penn State had already assembled an incredible collection of talent for official visits in June, the Nittany Lions recently added their first consensus five-star visitor to the list. Per 247 Sports, Keon Sabb from the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, will take his OV to Penn State on the weekend of June 11.

Sabb, who is 6-foot-2, 200 pounds and could project as a safety, is ranked as the 19th-best player in the entire Class of 2022. He previously attended Glassboro High School in New Jersey, where he also participated in basketball and track and field. Former Penn State receiver Juwan Johnson hailed from the same high school.

Sabb received his Penn State offer in October, 2019, just a few days after he visited campus in an unofficial capacity. He’s also expected to utilize an OV to Georgia the weekend of June 18.

Brubaker visits PSU

While official visits are not permitted until June, one of the Nittany Lions’ top offensive line targets in the Class of 2022 was on campus over the weekend. Ryan Brubaker, a four-star talent from Dallas, Pennsylvania, posted a photo on Saturday at the Nittany Lion Shrine.

Brubaker, who plays for Cocalico, made the trip with his father Jeff Brubaker, who was a member of the Nittany Lions’ 1986 national championship team.

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He will return to campus for an official visit on the weekend of June 4th, and to this point, he’s the only visitor to set plans for that weekend.

Brubaker was recognized this past season as an All-State performer in Class 4A by the PA Football Writers. He also participates in track and field and swimming.

German athlete joins PSU as run-on

While Penn State seemingly put the finishing touches on the Class of 2021 on the traditional national signing day in February, the Nittany Lions received a late addition to the class recently, as Germany’s Jan Mahlert accepted a preferred run-on offer (PRO).

Mahlert received the opportunity with the Nittany Lions on April 9, and joined the class on Tuesday.

Listed as both a receiver and safety, Mahlert reports a 40 time of 4.48.

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