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Penn State DL target Derick Hunter makes decision
Last week, Derick Hunter made his Happy Valley debut and expressed plans to return to campus. With an unofficial visit to Penn State already under his belt, he was expected to attend the Nittany Lions’ Sept. 29 game against Ohio State while on an official visit.
Instead, it seems Hunter accelerated his recruitment. The 4-star defensive lineman committed to Florida State on Wednesday. Though Hunter has since deleted the initial announcement tweet, he confirmed the decision with Tomahawk Nation and 247Sports’ Josh Newberg.
“It felt like it was the right time. It just can’t get any better,” Hunter told Newberg after committing to Seminoles coach Willie Taggart while on campus.
The 6-foot-4, 276-pound prospect carried a public list of eight favorites: Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Penn State, Tennessee and Texas A&M. He traveled to Penn State on June 13, nearly five months after the Nittany Lions extended a scholarship offer.
Hunter, who attends Dunbar (Fort Myers, Fla.) High School, is the No. 15 strongside defensive end in the 2019 composite player rankings. He is among a number of Sunshine State standouts who’ve reciprocated interest with Penn State this cycle.
Penn State secured a commitment from 4-star defensive lineman Hakeem Beamon on June 1. Other notable targets in the defensive trenches include Zach Harrison (Lewis Center, Ohio), Adisa Isaac (Brooklyn, N.Y.), David Ojabo (Aberdeen, Scotland) and Mazi Smith (Grand Rapids, Mich.).
4-star LB Kalel Mullings shares Happy Valley visit plans
Penn State is preparing for another important weekend for prospect assessment. Kalel Mullings, listed third among outside linebackers in the 2020 composite rankings, tweeted his intention to be on campus Thursday.
A rising junior at Milton Academy (Boston), he is another Nittany Lions target from New England. Recent key additions from the area include quarterback Will Levis (Connecticut) and tight ends Danny Dalton and Pat Freiermuth (Massachusetts). Penn State carries a pair of 2019 commitments from Connecticut — defensive backs Tyler Rudolph and Marquis Wilson.
Mullings, a 6-2, 215-pound playmaker who also shines at running back, claims nearly 20 Power 5 football scholarship offers halfway through high school. Penn State entered this mix on May 15, while other suitors include Boston College, Clemson, Michigan and UCLA.
The Nittany Lions, still awaiting commitment No. 1 of the 2020 recruiting cycle, have been quite active targeting linebackers. Aside from Mullings, other Penn State pursuits at the position focus on Antoine Sampah (Woodbridge, Va.), Mekhail Sherman (Washington, D.C.) and Derek Wingo (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).
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