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Recruiting notebook: Top RB prospect Pettaway likes Lions; new offers sent out

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One of Penn State’s top options at running back in the Class of 2022 recently included the Nittany Lions among his top choices. Four-star RB George Pettaway announced his top 10 last Friday, a group that also consisted of Alabama, Ole Miss, UNC, Michigan, Auburn, Oregon, Florida, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

Pettaway ranks 97th overall in the class, and is the sixth-best running back. From Suffolk, Virginia, he attends Nansemond-Suffolk Academy. He intends to take official visits to both Penn State and Michigan in June.

The Nittany Lions extended their offer to Pettaway more than a year ago, in April 2020.

PSU sends out new 2022 offers to Kanak, Johnson

Penn State recently extended scholarship offers to a pair of rising prospects in the Class of 2022 – athlete Jaren Kanak and wide receiver Tyler Johnson.

Kanak has seen his stock skyrocket in the past week, as the three-star player has garnered offers from Wisconsin, Virginia, Arizona, Kentucky, Michigan, and Oklahoma State all since the Nittany Lions offered him last Wednesday. Kanak, who is 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, also has excelled in track and field. He hails from Hays, Kansas, and is ranked as the top player in the state per the 247 Sports Composite.

Johnson, meanwhile, has added eight offers over the past month, including the Nittany Lions on Tuesday. His other Power Five offers include Boston College, Duke, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest. From Ridgeway, Virginia, he is currently unranked.

Running back Alston sets official visit

Another running back target will be on campus in June, as four-star prospect Damari Alston locked in his official visit. On Wednesday, Alston announced he will be in Happy Valley from June 25-27, joining Pettaway, Nicholas Singleton, Ramon Brown, and Omarion Hampton as backs who intend to take OVs with Penn State in June.

Alston hails from Atlanta, and attends Woodward Academy. Ranked 311th nationally in the Class of 2022, he has received 50 scholarship offers already, including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, and Wisconsin. Penn State entered the mix in August.

Class of 2025 standout Mathis receivers offer

The Nittany Lions continue to look to the future, as evidenced by their recent offer to Class of 2025 player Zahir Mathis. An in-state talent, Mathis attends Imhotep Charter in Philadelphia.

Currently in eighth grade, Mathis stands 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds, and is a defensive end and tight end.

Penn State became the first program to extend him a scholarship offer.

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