July turned out to be an incredible month for the Penn State football program. The Nittany Lions landed an astounding 12 commits for the class of 2022 in a single month, helping the program build the No. 2 recruiting class in the nation. Additionally, PSU got a 13th commitment in July, for the class of 2023.
Saturday afternoon, 3-star safety KJ Winston committed to Penn State. Winston (6-foot-2, 190 pounds, from DeMatha Catholic in Maryland, chose PSU over Michigan State, Pitt, Notre Dame and Maryland, among others.
He is the No. 13 prospect in Maryland, according to 247Sports.
— Kevin Winston Jr. (@KevinWinstonJr1) July 31, 2021
Later Saturday night, 4-star linebacker Abdul Carter from La Salle College in Glenside, Pa., committed to the Nittany Lions. Carter is rated as the No. 10 prospect in PA, meaning Penn State now has commitments from five of the top 10 players in Pennsylvania for 2022.
The other four are: No. 2 RB Nicholas Singleton; No. 3 WR Mehki Flowers; No. 6 WR Anthony Ivey; No. 8 DE Ken Talley.
— Abdul Carter (@ab22j) August 1, 2021
This is a list of the 12 players for the class of 2022 who committed to Penn State in July:
** 4-star LB Abdul Carter (July 31)
** 3-star S KJ Winston (July 31)
** 4-star S Cristian Driver (July 29)
** 4-star CB Cam Miller (July 26)
** 4-star DL Dani Dennis-Sutton (July 22)
** 3-star S Jordan Allen (July 17)
** 4-star RB Kaytron Allen (July 16)
** 4-star RB Nicholas Singleton (July 6)
** 4-star DL Zane Durant (July 4)
** 3-star DL Kaleb Artis (July 4)
** 3-star LB Keon Wylie (July 3)
** 3-star OT JB Nelson (July 2)
Note: 4-star DE Tyreese Fearbry also committed to PSU on July 4 but decommitted July 29.
The 13th commitment of the month was 4-star OL Alex Birchmeier, the first commit for the class of 2023 (July 15).
Penn State now has 24 commits for the class of 2022, including 14 4-star commits. The class does not include any 5-star commits but does also have 10 3-star guys.
The Lions have far and away more commits than any other program in the top 15 recruiting rankings. Tow other teams in the top 15 — Notre Dame and Virginia Tech — have 19 commits.
Boston College has 22 commits and is No. 19 in the rankings, while Baylor is No. 24 with 20 commits.