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Penn State a top option for OL Trevor Keegan and Saleem Wormley
Penn State picked up a pivotal pledge from top-5 guard recruit Caedan Wallace hours before the Blue-White Game on April 21. He remains the lone offensive lineman in a Nittany Lions class that has tripled in size since then, but momentum is established with a few other targets, and two publicly reciprocated interest on Sunday.
Illinois tackle Trevor Keegan and Delaware guard Saleem Wormley — both considered the top overall prospect in their respective state, according to the 247Sports 2019 composite rankings — place Penn State among favorite universities.
Keegan, a 6-foot-6, 310-pound talent who attends Crystal Lake South High School, listed the Nittany Lions alongside five other contending programs. Penn State’s primary competition comes from Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Michigan and Ohio State.
Keegan secured a scholarship offer from the Nittany Lions last July. He attended Penn State’s Nov. 18 victory over Nebraska.
The Nittany Lions landed a pair of top-10 tackles in the 2018 class, signing Nana Asiedu and Rasheed Walker. Wallace has developed the length to vie for reps along the perimeter but has expressed a desire to line up as an interior blocker at Penn State.
Keegan is considered the No. 16 tackle and a top-150 overall talent in composite rankings. Watch his junior-season highlights here:
Wormley was a later addition to Penn State’s target board, picking up an offer while on campus in March. It was the Smryna High School standout’s first of three visits to Happy Valley during a four-week span, culminating in his attendance at the Blue-White Game, before which he told Land of 10 the Nittany Lions led his recruitment.
Given that background, it’s no surprise to see Penn State remain in the picture. Wormley also included Notre Dame and Rutgers in his top three. This spring, he announced plans to announce a verbal pledge to the program of his choice on July 23, so this shapes up as a three-team race for the next month with the Nittany Lions situated as perceived front-runner.
Wormley, who also claims offers from school such as Boston College, Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina and Tennessee, is listed 13th among guards in composite rankings. Watch his 2017 highlights here:
Another blue-chip RB expresses interest in Nittany Lions
Penn State continues to attract attention from coveted 2019 running back recruits, regardless of region. The Nittany Lions, already carrying a commitment from 2017 first-team all-state Virginia rusher Devyn Ford, warranted a spot on 4-star prospect Derrian Brown’s top-10 list, which he tweeted Sunday afternoon.
Brown, a rising senior at Buford (Ga.) High School, put Penn State in a collection that also includes Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Texas. He reports 34 total offers, and Penn State is among the most recent after issuing one June 1.
Offers from Alabama and LSU arrived in May, so this is a recruitment that accelerated as Brown’s junior year came to a close. He averaged nearly 10 yards per carry last season while sharing the Buford backfield with newly enrolled Michigan freshman Christian Turner and Florida State signee Anthony Grant.
Brown is 13th among running backs in composite rankings and a top-25 prospect in talent-laden Georgia. His interest in Penn State continues a common theme, and can be attributed in some degree to the recent success of star Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley, who is now preparing for his rookie NFL season with the New York Giants.
Penn State hosted Eric Gray (Memphis, Tenn.) for an official visit last weekend. Noah Cain, a Baton Rouge, La., native, visited Happy Valley for the first time this spring and plans to return before his senior season at IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.). The Nittany Lions landed on a list of favorites for Austin Jones (Oakland, Calif.), considered the West Coast’s premier prospect at the position, earlier this month.
Now Brown has established himself as a name to know in Penn State’s pursuit of a player to pair with Ford in this cycle. Watch his 2017 highlights here:
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