Penn State recruiting: Breaking down Nittany Lions’ 2020 aim board

There has been copiousness of concentration placed on Penn State recruiting efforts in a 2019 cycle, and righteously so following 6 written commitments during a 15-day span. Still, it’s critical to take note of a considerable efforts put onward by a Nittany Lions with premier 2020 prospects.

These athletes, coming their youth seasons of high school, paint a subsequent call of desired college football recruits. In singular cases, some of them began collecting Power 5 grant offers as freshmen, environment a theatre for a lengthy, expanded decision-making process.

Pennsylvania is home to important 2020 talent, and a Nittany Lions haven’t hesitated to aim standouts on their home turf. The range of Penn State’s hunt for tip players extends seashore to coast, and early indications indicate toward a intensity for another superb class.

Here’s a position-by-position examination of a Nittany Lions’ 2020 aim house on offense, according to 247Sports. It’s a list that recently surpassed 60 prospects.


Top-ranked targets: Bryce Young (Santa Ana, Calif.; No. 39 altogether in 2020 class), Hudson Card (Austin, Texas; No. 196), Drew Pyne (New Canaan, Conn.; No. 209)

Recruits committed elsewhere: Card (Texas), Pyne (Notre Dame)

Need-to-know info: Penn State was one of a few Power 5 programs that presented Pyne with an offer before his beginner season. He visited Happy Valley on mixed occasions nonetheless affianced to Notre Dame in April. In a box of Card, things progressed many some-more quickly. Penn State extended an offer May 22, and he became a Longhorns dedicate usually 3 days later. Young, set to contest for a starting purpose during long-lived Southern California powerhouse Mater Dei High School, finished 68 percent of pass attempts for 4,876 yards and 55 touchdowns as an underclassman during Cathedral (Los Angeles) High School.

Running back

Top-ranked targets: Zachary Evans (Houston; No. 5), Kendall Milton (Clovis, Calif.; No. 9), Marshawn Lloyd (Hyattsville, Md.; No. 24), Chris Tyree (Chester, Va.; No. 31), Mookie Cooper (St. Louis; No. 90), Jaylan Knighton (Deerfield Beach, Fla.; No. 123)

Recruits committed elsewhere: Knighton (Oklahoma)

Need-to-know info: Riding a movement of Saquon Barkley’s conspicuous Penn State career, a Nittany Lions are aiming high with offers out to top-10 altogether talents Evans and Milton, who explain scarcely 80 total offers. Lloyd and Tyree both aver 5-star consideration. Penn State plucked Virginia’s premier using behind partisan in a 2018 (Ricky Slade) and 2019 (Devyn Ford) cycles and aims to transcribe those successes with Tyree, who also is a vital hazard as a receiver and flog returner. Lloyd attended a Blue-White Game in April, and he has combined offers from Auburn, Florida, Michigan State, Nebraska and Southern Cal given then.


Top-ranked targets: Julian Fleming (Catawissa, Pa.; No. 2), Leonard Manuel (Ocala, Fla.; No. 12), A.J. Henning (Frankfort, Ill.; No. 23), Porter Rooks (Charlotte, N.C.; No. 26), Marcus Rosemy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; No. 33), Rakim Jarrett (Washington, D.C.; No. 46)

Recruits committed elsewhere: None

Need-to-know info: Julian Fleming belongs in a contention as one of a many considerable prospects to emerge in Pennsylvania this decade. He totaled 105 receptions for 2,418 yards (23 per catch) and 33 touchdowns during his initial dual seasons during Southern Columbia High School, that is approximately 90 miles easterly of State College. He is one of 5 receivers on Penn State’s aim house who’ve been labeled 5-star recruits in 247Sports rankings. The Nittany Lions are all-in on a youth category during St. John’s College (Washington, D.C.) High School, as Jarrett is among 4 players with a Penn State offer. Headlined by Manuel and Rosemy, 7 Florida receivers have landed on this aim board, illustrating a team’s towering efforts to secure chosen Sunshine State talent.

Tight end

Top-ranked targets: Michael Carmody (Mars, Pa.; No. 159), Michael Mayer (Alexandria, Ky.; No. 215)

Recruits committed elsewhere: None

Need-to-know info: Just as in a 2019 recruiting cycle, Penn State has operated during a delayed gait when it comes to identifying underclassman parsimonious finish targets. Only Hudson Henry and Austin Stogner hold a Nittany Lions offer as sophomores final year, and they remained a program’s sole targets until late in 2017. Carmody, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound prospect, might be unfailing to play tackle in college. He assimilated Fleming as an in-state aim final month. Mayer, who cumulative a Penn State offer in February, also brings a challenging physique (6-5, 240 pounds) to a position. Tight finish is an intriguing mark to guard on a Nittany Lions register given no stream actor has endless diversion knowledge and dual top-10 2018 talents — Pat Freiermuth and Zack Kuntz — have entered a equation.

Offensive line

Top-ranked targets: Paris Johnson Jr. (Cincinnati; No. 7), Luke Wypler (Montvale, N.J.; No. 75), Justin Rogers (Oak Park, Mich.; No. 76), Anton Harrison (Washington, D.C.; No. 108), Chris Morris (Memphis, Tenn.; No. 211)

Recruits committed elsewhere: None

Need-to-know info: Paris Johnson, who attends a same high propagandize (St. Xavier) that constructed Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford, underwent a staggering expansion emanate in 2017 and looks like a intensity No. 1 altogether prospect. The 6-7, 275-pound tackle carries some-more than 40 offers and recently visited Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State and Georgia. The Nittany Lions have enjoyed unchanging success targeting New Jersey’s tip prospects, and Wypler fits that outline in a 2020 class. Harrison, one of several Penn State targets in a Washington D.C. area, has visited campus mixed times in 2018.

Defensive line

Top-ranked targets: Bryan Bresee (Damascus, Md.; No. 1), Chris Braswell (Baltimore; No. 12), Myles Murphy (Powder Springs, Ga.; No. 34), Jacolbe Cowan (Charlotte, N.C.; No. 38), Tre Williams (Washington, D.C.; No. 58)

Recruits committed elsewhere: None

Need-to-know info: Bryan Bresee is a initial No. 1 awaiting of a 2020 class, nonetheless he faces poignant foe for that mark from aforementioned Penn State targets Julian Fleming and Paris Johnson Jr. He displays extensive athleticism and speed during 6-5 and 290 pounds, and he many recently trafficked to Happy Valley in April. Braswell is a latest cherished corner rusher to pull college scouts to Baltimore, while associate St. Frances Academy defensive line awaiting Demon Clowney — a younger cousin of former No. 1 altogether NFL breeze collect Jadeveon Clowney — also binds a Nittany Lions offer. Jacolbe Cowan done State College his initial stop on a whirlwind late-March debate of universities. Williams, a intensity 5-star defensive tackle, spent final deteriorate personification alongside Penn State defensive behind dedicate Tyler Rudolph during St. Thomas More (Oakdale, Conn.) High School.


Top-ranked targets: Justin Flowe (Upland, Calif.; No. 4), Antoine Sampah (Woodbridge, Va.; No. 21), Mekhail Sherman (Washington, D.C.; No. 25), Kalel Mullings (Milton, Mass.; No. 29), Sergio Allen (Fort Valley, Ga.; No. 93)

Recruits committed elsewhere: None

Need-to-know info: Sherman is arguably a superstar among a collection of Penn State targets during St. John’s College High School who are coming their youth year. He already presents college-ready distance (6-3, 235 pounds) and could rise into a defensive end, depending on arriving progression. Flowe was one of a Nittany Lions’ beginning targets in this cycle and it’s no warn to see his list of collegiate options coming 40 schools. Penn State has been on a hurl with blue-chip New England products, and Mullings is a latest to enter a program’s cross-hairs.

Defensive backs

Top-ranked targets: Kelee Ringo (Scottsdale, Ariz.; No. 6), Dwight McGlothern (New Caney, Texas; No. 32), Luke Hill (Washington, D.C.; No. 61), Javier Morton (Stone Mountain, Ga.; No. 94), Jordan Morant (Oradell, N.J.; No. 136), Nehki Meredith (Virginia Beach, Va.)

Recruits committed elsewhere: Morton (Alabama)

Need-to-know info: Penn State sealed dual Texas defensive backs — Trent Gordon and Isaiah Humphries — in a 2018 cycle, nonetheless a office of McGlothern poses a strong charge as Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State and Oklahoma are among other important out-of-state offers. Luke Hill is nonetheless another St. John’s College High School standout, and he attended a Blue-White Game in April. Morant, who also visited Happy Valley this spring, is a top-ranked reserve partisan in this brew and presents another constrained event to favour tip talent in a Garden State.


Top-ranked targets: Arik Gilbert (Marietta, Ga.; No. 11), Jalen Berger (Ramsey, N.J.; No. 106), Curtis Jacobs (Owings Mills, Md.; No. 164), Enzo Jennings (Oak Park, Mich.; No. 182)

Recruits committed elsewhere: None

Need-to-know info: Jacobs, who played alongside Penn State beginner defensive tackle PJ Mustipher during McDonogh School final season, warranted an offer on Jun 2 after competing during a Nittany Lions camp. He worked in receiver and defensive behind drills, nonetheless his earthy support (6-2, 220 pounds) suggests linebacker might be his ideal alighting spot. Berger, who also landed his Penn State offer while in city for a stay in 2017, excelled as an all-purpose arms out of a descent backfield for Don Bosco Prep as a sophomore. Gilbert, a 6-5, 245-pound playmaker, held some-more than 50 passes for Marietta High School final season. Tight finish is a probability and so is a purpose on a defensive edge, evidenced by 62 tackles and 6 sacks in 2017.

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