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Penn State WR Commit Lyrick Samuel Felt the Love on OV

It’s been discussed ad nauseam, but it remains true that the Penn State roster needs an upgrade at the wide receiver position.

Not only do the Nittany Lions need some playmaking wide receivers, but it would be beneficial if one of those players had some length to him.

It just so happens that a player who fits that description was in town for his official visit to Penn State over the weekend.

2025 three-star wide receiver Lyrick Samuel from Erasmus Hall Campus in Brooklyn, N.Y., committed to Penn State on Feb. 19 and has remained solid with his decision. Before his commitment, the 6-foot-4, 185-pound wideout held other Power Four offers from West Virginia, Syracuse, Rutgers and Michigan State.

Samuel is an intriguing prospect because not only is he tall, but he’s been clocked at 4.5 running the 40. He has an exciting skill set of someone with size and speed but the capabilities to go up and make tough contested catches with his long arms and strong hands. On tape, Samuel has displayed two qualities that quarterbacks love: 1.) he can make the highlight reel catches which make the quarterback look good, and 2.) he can be trusted to make all the routine catches.

This morning, Nittany Sports Now caught up with Samuel to get a review of his official visit weekend, and he couldn’t say enough about the hospitality that James Franklin and his staff displayed to his entire family.

“My official weekend was just as great as any other visit I have made there before,” said Samuel. “The coaches and staff have always been attentive to things of much importance to me such as my family. Being able to take my younger siblings on this journey with me has been nothing but amazing. From my siblings being handed bags with their names on it, to coaches and staff addressing them by their names let me know that they have made my family a part of the PSU family. My baby sister gets to walk around and say she is a VIP.

“I have never felt any pressure at PSU. It has always been very relaxing. The coaches paid me a lot of attention. I felt that my commitment to the school did not change the way in which the coaches interact with me. The embraced me, they instructed me just as they always have. The way in which Penn State recruits isn’t just a process it illustrates the culture of the program.”
Speaking of commitment, NSN asked Samuel to think back to February and to go over why he made an early commitment to Franklin and his staff.

“Being already committed, it is a part of my job to complete the class of WeAre25,” said Samuel. “Having an impact on what Penn State Football will look like for the next few years lets me know that my opinion matters. I was once told by Mr. Chris LeGree the dad of my high school offensive coordinator Devante Wheeler to go where they love you and not where they like you.”

Samuel definitely returned to New York feeling the love from the Penn State program, both the players and coaches.

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