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Penn State offers prized Peach State pass rusher Myles Murphy
Penn State entered the increasingly crowded recruitment of coveted 2020 defensive end recruit Myles Murphy. The Hillgrove (Powder Springs, Ga.) High School sophomore reported a Nittany Lions offer on Friday afternoon, adding to a collection of options that reflects a projection of elite talent.
Murphy, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound prospect, already carries substantial interest among Power 5 programs, particularly those in the SEC. Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and South Carolina are each suitors, while Michigan became the first Big Ten team to offer last November. Ohio State has since joined this pursuit.
Murphy was an All-Cobb County selection in 2017. He is listed second among strongside defensive ends and 34th overall in 247Sports’ 2020 player rankings.
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Nittany Lions host OL targets Luke Wypler and Saleem Wormley
Penn State is primed for a massive influx of high school prospects next Saturday, when the Blue-White Game will draw recruits and fans alike to Beaver Stadium. As has been the case throughout April, Nittany Lions coach James Franklin and his staff have stayed busy hosting priority targets on campus leading up to this annual event.
A pair of impressive offensive linemen visited State College on Saturday: recently offered 2019 recruit Saleem Wormley (Smyrna, Del.) and prized 2020 prospect Luke Wypler (Montvale, N.J.).
Wormley, considered the top player in Delaware, received an offer last month during a campus visit. Boston College, Florida State, Notre Dame and Rutgers are among other programs giving chase, but clearly the Nittany Lions are in excellent shape here.
During his latest trip to Happy Valley, Wormley encountered Penn State legend Saquon Barkley. Now less than two weeks away from the NFL draft, Barkley’s success has resonated in a very positive way on the recruiting trail, and Wormley didn’t hesitate to capture the moment and post it to social media:
— W O R M L E Y ZZZZ (@SaleemWormley) April 14, 2018
Wypler, meanwhile, followed through on plans to visit State College that he announced last week. Considered a top-5 guard and top-100 overall talent in the Class of 2020, he tweeted his arrival at Beaver Stadium.
Wypler, listed No. 1 among high school sophomores in New Jersey, will travel to Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State next month.
OL John Olmstead‘s recruitment marches forward without PSU
Keeping the conversation on New Jersey offensive linemen, 2019 recruit John Olmstead announced five finalists and a decision date Saturday. The 6-6, 290-pound Saint Joseph (Metuchen, N.J.) High School junior will publicly commit on Friday, and it will not be Penn State.
The 4-star recruit, listed as the No. 18 tackle in the nation, is focused on Michigan, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Ole Miss and Rutgers.
Olmstead received a Penn State offer last spring and attended the 2017 Blue-White Game. He included the Nittany Lions in a top-10 list he previously revealed, though every indication pointed toward other offensive linemen eventually filling slots in Franklin’s class.
Given the contenders still in play here, there’s a chance Olmstead will become a member of one of Penn State’s conference competitors. But Notre Dame is the unanimous pick among Crystal Ball predictions. Nittany Lions priorities along the offensive line include Wormley, Caedan Wallace, Devontae Dobbs and Xavier Truss.
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