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Penn State welcomes recruits for junior day, offers a few
Penn State made further strides with its 2019 recruiting efforts last weekend with several prospects on campus. The Nittany Lions hosted their first junior day of 2018 on Saturday and we’re told it made a positive impact on several notable targets (whom we’ll take a closer look at as this week progresses).
James Franklin and his staff are preparing to put the finishing touches on an impressive 2018 class Wednesday but the weekend provided a prime opportunity to focus further into the future. The list of visitors included blue-chip players such as offensive lineman Caedan Wallace and receivers David Bell and John Metchie.
— David Bell™ (@TheRealDBell_) February 4, 2018
The Nittany Lions have expanded recruiting efforts with high school juniors during recent weeks, surpassing 100 extended scholarship offers in this cycle last week. In the aftermath of a successful junior day event, Penn State has seemingly moved closer toward gaining more commitments in a 2019 class currently composed of two prospects: New Jersey quarterback Taquan Roberson and local State College cornerback Keaton Ellis.
Franklin added a few more targets to his list during the weekend, ranging from 2019 standouts to a 2021 lineman. Below is a look at the recruits who picked up Penn State offers following their trip to Happy Valley.
High School: Williams Field (Gilbert, Ariz.)
Other Notable Offers: Arizona, Arizona State, Nebraska, Oregon, Washington
I am so honored to have received an offer from Penn State University. Thank you, Coach T. Smith, Coach Banks for the hospitality and Coach Franklin for the offer. I can't wait to experience the White-Out. #FaafetaiILeAtua pic.twitter.com/UN22Ei5i3O
— Žero++•🇦🇸 (@NoaPola) February 5, 2018
Position: defensive tackle
High School: Carmel (Ind.)
Other Notable Offers: Indiana, Ohio State, Purdue
— Cole Brevard (@YoBoiCole2020) February 3, 2018
Position: wide receiver
High School: Lincoln-Way East (Frankfort, Ill.)
Other Notable Offers: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Notre Dame
High School: St. Vincent Palloti (Laurel, Md.)
Other Notable Offers: Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech
— Landon Tengwall (@landon_tengwall) February 3, 2018
Solomon Enis set for National Signing Day decision with 4 finalists
The recruitment process of Penn State legacy Solomon Enis has long pointed toward an NSD announcement. We now know that’s the case, and the details involved, based on a report from Richard Obert of The Arizona Republic.
Enis, a 4-star wide receiver prospect and the son of former Nittany Lions running back Curtis Enis, will reveal his plans at 1 p.m. ET Wednesday at North Canyon (Phoenix) High School.
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound playmaker is weighing four options, North Canyon coach Airabin Justin told Obert. Penn State faces competition from Arizona State, USC and Utah.
Enis, who traveled to State College last spring for the April 22 spring game and again for the Nov. 18 matchup vs. Nebraska, is considered the No. 40 receiver and a top-250 overall recruit in 247Sports 2018 composite rankings. He caught 110 passes for 1,964 yards and 18 touchdowns as an upperclassman.
The Nittany Lions signed three receivers in December, headlined by 5-star talent Justin Shorter. Jahan Dotson and Daniel George are both 4-star recruits and top-50 receivers, while Harrisburg (Pa.) senior Shaquon Anderson-Butts is a verbal commit.
Enis and tackle Rasheed Walker are widely believed to be Penn State’s priority targets Wednesday. Walker will also announce on National Signing Day, though an exact time isn’t yet public.
Utah may prove to be Penn State’s most serious competition for Enis, while Arizona State’s new coaching staff has attempted to make a late push. The Nittany Lions have to overcome a disadvantage in proximity vs. Pac-12 programs, along with the recent loss of receivers coach Josh Gattis.
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