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Busy Recruiting Weekend Ahead for Penn State Football

This weekend will be a busy one for Penn State football.

Eight of Penn State’s 12 2023 commits are taking official visits, and Penn State has some big-time uncommitted recruits coming to campus as well. Additionally, Penn State just might be getting another commit (perhaps more) between now and Monday.

Here’s a preview of what to watch for in Penn State football recruiting this weekend.


Five-star OL Alex Birchmeier, four-star OL J’ven Williams, four-star TE Andrew Rappleyea, four-star safety Conrad Hussey, four-star ATH Mega Barnwell, three-star cornerback Lamont Payne, three-star TE Joey Schlaffer and three-star offensive tackle Anthony Donkoh will all be taking official visits this weekend.

Birchmeier, Williams, Rappleyea and Hussey represent four of Penn State’s five highest-rated commits according to 247Sports.

Penn State will have some of what it hopes to be future stars visiting the place they plan on calling home starting in 2023.


Ta’Mere Robinson, a four-star Class of 2023 athlete from Brashear High School in Pittsburgh, will be on an official visit this weekend.

Robinson (6-foot-3, 2020 pounds) has Penn State in his top three, along with Miami and Virginia Tech, and both of 247Sports’ crystal ball projections have him going to Penn State.

Although Robinson had his junior season cut short early due to an injury the required surgery to repair his ACL and MCL, he can play practically anywhere on the field when healthy, and should be commit, would be Penn State’s second western Pennsylvania product in the 2023 class.

Jalen Thompson is more likely to go to Michigan State, according to 247Sports. All five of the site’s crystal ball projections for Thompson, from Cass Technical High School in Detroit, have him staying in Michigan and picking Michigan State.

Nonetheless, the four-star defensive lineman (6-foot-4, 240-pounds) is taking an official visit to Penn State this weekend, and we’ll see how much coach James Franklin and company can impress him.

Another four-star, linebacker Tony Rojas, will be taking an official visit to Penn State. Rojas, a 6-foot-1.5, 200-pounder from Fairfax High School in Virginia, is projected to pick Penn State in a projection from now-former Penn State insider Sean Fitz that was placed in February.


Tyriq Blanding, a three-star defensive lineman from Christ the King High School in Middle Village, New York, is announcing his commitment Saturday. All three of Blanding’s crystal ball projections— placed over June 14 and June 15— have him picking Penn State.

All signs point to Blanding committing to Penn State, and maybe he won’t be the only one to do so between now and Monday. Yazeed Haynes committed to Penn State this past Sunday while on campus for his official visit, and maybe there will be more magic official visit magic for Penn State fans before Monday.


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