June could wind up being one of the most important recruiting months in recent Penn State football history, with the lengthy dead period ending and a number of highly rated prospects taking advantage of finally being able to make official visits to campus.
These prospects may or may not commit to Penn State in June, but their experiences on the official visits figure to go a long way to determining if many of them ultimately do commit.
Seemingly as each day passes, more Class of 2022 prospects finalize plans to visit Penn State in June. Over the past week, several priority targets set their official visits, including Wesley Bissainthe, Julian Humphrey, Kaleb Artis, Jordan Allen, and Kevin Winston.
Bissainthe is a four-star outside linebacker from Miami, Florida. Standing 6-foot-1 and weighing 200 pounds, he’s ranked eighth best at his position, and 110th nationally in the class, per the 247 Sports Composite. Penn State extended its offer in December, 2019, and he’ll visit State College on the weekend of June 11. Bissainthe is also expected to take official visits to West Virginia University and Florida State, while Miami appears to be a contender for his services.
Humphrey included Penn State among his 12 contenders in February, and the Nittany Lions have remained in the mix, as he set his OV for June 18-20. A four-star cornerback from Houston, Texas, Humphrey is ranked 149th in the entire Class of 2022. He initially intended to commit on April 1, but changed those plans as he continues to explore his options. PSU extended an offer in January.
Artis is a three-star defensive tackle from Fresh Meadows, New York, and attends St. Francis Preparatory School. His visit to Penn State is slated for the weekend of June 11, and he also has OVs scheduled to Auburn, Virginia, and Indiana. Artis, who is 6-foot-5, 270 pounds, received his Penn State offer in November.
Allen is a three-star cornerback from Lafayette, Louisiana. He locked in his OV on the weekend of June 18. Just days before setting those plans, he included Penn State among his top teams, along with Louisville, Tennessee, Miami, Georgia, and Ole Miss.
Lastly, Winston, a three-star athlete, will visit PSU on the weekend of June 11. From Hyattsville, Maryland, Winston attends heralded DeMatha Catholic, which also produced Nittany Lions Shane Simmons, Coziah Izzard, and Golden Israel-Achumba, as well as former Nittany Lion Cameron (Derek) Wake. Winston, who is 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, has also garnered offers from Notre Dame, Maryland, Michigan State, Oklahoma, and Virginia Tech, among others.
Here’s what we previously wrote about the visitors planned for the weekend of June 18-20:
The weekend of June 18-20 could rank among the biggest recruiting opportunities in recent memory for Penn State. Three priority targets for the Nittany Lions set their plans for official visits to State College that weekend, joining several other prospects who previously announced similar intentions. The newest additions to that weekend are all four-star talents – Cristian Driver, Darrius Clemons, and Omarion Hampton.
Other players who are slated to take an official visit to Penn State on June 18-20 include four-star prospects defensive end Tyreese Fearbry and cornerback Ryan Turner, as well as three-star defensive ends Anto Saka and Keon Wylie.
Nittany Lions enter mix for five-star DE Wayne
Recently, 247 Sports released its initial composite ratings for the Class of 2023. Among the talents who earned five-star distinction was Washington defensive end Jayden Wayne. On Tuesday, Penn State entered his recruitment, offering the 14th-ranked player nationally.
Wayne, who hails from Tacoma and attends Lincoln High School, is 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, and also plays basketball. His offer sheet notably includes Arizona State, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Notre Dame, Oregon, Southern Cal, and Washington.
Penn State offers 2024 PA prospect
The Nittany Lions have seemingly made a concerted effort to focus on in-state talents in the Class of 2022, and that trend could continue in coming years, as well. Last week, Penn State extended an offer to Pennsylvania Class of 2024 standout Quinton Martin.
Currently listed as an athlete, Martin, who is 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, played running back, receiver, and defensive back as a freshman for Belle Vernon Area. He also provided several highlight-reel plays on the basketball court for the Leopards this winter.
Penn State became the fifth team to offer Martin, joining Pitt, West Virginia, Rutgers, and Virginia Tech.
Penn State extends offer to Class of ’22 safety
While most of the Nittany Lions’ offers recently have gone to prospects in the classes of 2023 and 2024, Penn State is still scouring the Class of 2022 for additional targets. Last week, Penn State identified another prospect in the class, offering three-star Georgia safety Jake Pope.
Pope, who is from Buford, is on the cusp of four-star status, and he’s rated as the 392nd player nationally in 2022. His array of offers include Alabama, Arizona State, Auburn, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Southern Cal.
In his junior campaign, he played both safety and receiver, helping propel Buford to the Georgia AAAAAA State Championship.