A good number of players attending Penn State’s Junior Day this weekend hold offers from the Nittany Lions.
One player that doesn’t fall into that category, but would love to receive one, has seen his recruitment trend upwards lately. Peyton Lewis (6’1″, 190-pounds) has six Division I offers: Virginia, Virginia Tech, Boston College, West Virginia, Old Dominion and Liberty.
Lewis is a 2024 running back from Salem High School in Salem, Virginia and he told Nittany Sports Now that he’s very much looking forward to his first trip to State College in order to work on his relationship with the coaching staff and take in all that Penn State has to offer.
The invitation to Junior Day occurred because of another sports that Lewis is involved in.
“Last weekend, I went up to Virginia Beach for a showcase meet for track. Coach Slim (Chris Mahon, Penn State offensive recruiting coordinator) said that my film was very impressive, and he’d like me to come up to Penn State for a visit,” said Lewis. “He said the other coaches were pretty impressed so I was very excited about that.
“I’m excited about where my recruitment is headed. I had a great junior season, and I was able to get a lot of eyes looking at me. Because of that, I’ve been able to talk to a lot of people and a lot of new people have talked to me. These offers are starting to come in now because I was able to show off the talent that I wasn’t able to showcase before. I’m a very quick and agile back but I can also hit stick people. I also consider myself a very physical, hard-nosed runner. At Salem High School we’re taught to be the most physical, disciplined, hardworking players on the field at all times. I was also able to show off my receiving skills a bit this year.”
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Penn State football has a long history of recruiting in the state of Virginia and because of that and they’re national profile, Lewis is well aware of their rich history.
“I’ve heard so much about Penn State football over the year. Actually, a dude from our area currently goes to Penn State,” said Lewis. “We always have coaches from Penn State looking for players in our area, which is really interesting. Back in middle school when I was playing football, Saquan was the running back at Penn State and that really put my eyes on them. When I found out that Penn State had some interest in me, it was just really unreal and I’m very excited about the opportunity that I’ve been given to go up to Penn State.”
I ended my conversation with Lewis by asking him if it happens, what an offer from Penn State would mean to him.
“I would mean a lot to me. It would obviously be the biggest school to offer me, yet. An offer from Penn State would really make a difference in my recruitment and a lot of others schools would notice me. I would be very excited about an offer from Penn State.”