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Penn State Gets First Commitment of ’26 Class

Penn State coach James Franklin

Penn State has its first commitment of the 2026 Class and it’s a big one.

Messiah Mickens, a four-star, 5-foot-10, 195-pounder from Trinity High School in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, has committed to PSU, choosing PSU over Alabama, Ohio State and Michigan, among other schools.

Mickens is the second Penn State HB to commit between the 2025 and ’26 classes. Four-star KiAndrea Barker (Houston, Texas) committed in April following a visit to the school’s annual Blue-White Game.

PSU offered Mickens in January. He also has offers from schools such as Alabama, Duke, Iowa State, Kenn State, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UNLV, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

Mickens plays at Trinity under head coach and former Penn State linebacker Jordan Hill. Hill played at Penn State in the late 2000s and early 2010s and has been Trinity’s head coach since 2021.

Before Mickens even played a high school game, Hill was singing his praises.

“The upside for him… he could be one of the best to ever do it from this area,” Hill told Penn Live. “Not even this area… maybe the best to ever do it.”

Mickens last visited Penn State in late June and told 247Sports that the coaches made it clear that Penn State wanted him.

“All of the coaches were just telling me I have a home there and to just keep working every day. We had meetings with our position groups and I talked to some of the commits.”

Penn State’s present is looking bright in the RB room thanks to sophomores Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen. It looks like the future will be bright, too.

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