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Our latest Penn State Nittany Lions Recruiting Question of the Day comes from Dave, via Twitter…
Welcome back Tyler.. Looks like you’re back just in time for some We Are Betters.. Just looking at Crystal Balls lately, it seems PSU is going to miss on Alfano, but are trending for Brandon Smith, Ford and Rodas Johnson. Don’t think I’ve heard you talk about him. Any insight?
— Dave (@PTDukie33) May 15, 2018
Thanks for the kind “welcome back” from Dave and others on social media. It appears I returned from my week-long vacation just in time, as Penn State is primed to learn a lot about where things stand with 2019 recruiting efforts.
Dave specifically referenced Rodas Johnson, and I hope to speak with the 4-star Columbus (Ohio) defensive tackle soon. He traveled to Happy Valley last month for the Blue-White Game and momentum appears to be on Penn State’s side.
Recruiting insiders and analysts have issued eight straight predictions via the 247Sports Crystal Ball in favor of Johnson landing with the Nittany Lions. I promise we’ll work to gain more insight regarding this 6-foot-3, 285-pound lineman this month, but for now let’s keep the conversation on momentum and how it may apply to four blue-chip prospect set to announce commitments in the coming days.
We’ll learn the outcome for top-100 talents Antonio Alfano (defensive tackle; Colonia, N.J.) and Devyn Ford (running back; Stafford, Va.) on Friday afternoon. On Monday, public decisions come from 5-star linebacker Brandon Smith (Mineral, Va.) and 4-star defensive back Tyler Rudolph (Oakdale, Conn.).
Each recruit spent time in State College in April, and each has Penn State on their short list of schools under consideration.
So, what does momentum tell us as these commitment countdowns continue?
Let’s turn again to the 247Sports Crystal Ball, which has featured recent movement for all four athletes. Let’s start with a potential negative note for Nittany Lions fans.
Alfano cut his recruitment down to three universities — Alabama, Georgia and Penn State — after visiting each campus last month. Despite two trips to State College in April, it appears that the defending College Football Playoff champions have gained an edge.
The last 16 Crystal Ball predictions (as of 12 p.m. Wednesday) place Alfano in a Crimson Tide uniform for the next stage of his career. Though I initially submitted a Penn State pick last spring, I’ve switched it to Alabama this week following a few discussions.
Now, in regard to the positive developments Penn State faithful hope to witness, things are trending strongly in a good direction with the three other prospects set to announce.
I previously placed Crystal Ball picks to Penn State for Ford (April 26), Rudolph (Feb. 18) and Smith (July 17, 2017), and consensus opinion certainly matches those outlooks.
Penn State, competing against Virginia Tech for Ford, has been the pick 21 straight times. That streak is at 14 predictions for Smith, while all 14 prognostications regarding Rudolph point toward the Nittany Lions.
If this forecast comes to fruition, it would double Penn State’s 2019 class by Monday night. Half of the six-player group would be top-100 overall prospects: Ford, Smith and offensive line commit Caedan Wallace, who committed before the spring game.
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