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Penn State enters early chase for 2020 OL Anton Harrison
Nationwide assessments of high school sophomores are well underway in recruiting offices across college football. The Nittany Lions, already in an enviable position with a variety of prized 2020 prospects, have identified another player of interest.
Anton Harrison, who attends Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C., announced Tuesday afternoon he has received a scholarship offer from Penn State. A 6-foot-5, 300-pound recruit, early indications point toward Harrison developing into one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s premier linemen.
Harrison, who plays right tackle and on the defensive line, continues to accrue Power 5 opportunities. His offer list also features Boston College, Kentucky, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Virginia.
Considered a 4-star prospect in initial 247Sports 2020 rankings, Harrison shows impressive coordination and athleticism for a young lineman of his stature. He is listed 13th nationally among tackles, and 104th overall.
Harrison earned Class AA All-D.C. honors as a sophomore, overwhelming opponents as a blocker and tallying 20 tackles and 2 sacks on defense.
He joins Chris Morris (Memphis, Tenn.) on Penn State’s board of 2020 offensive linemen. The Nittany Lions have extended 15 scholarship offers thus far in the cycle, according to 247Sports.
Watch Harrison’s sophomore-season highlights here:
Nittany Lions signee Ricky Slade wraps up prep career in paradise
Though he won’t arrive in Happy Valley until summer, Ricky Slade is easily among the most discussed additions to Penn State’s roster. The 5-star running back, one of three top-25 overall recruits who signed with the program in December, could quickly be counted on to help replace Nittany Lions legend Saquon Barkley.
“Obviously I want to come in and make an impact and try to play early,” Slade told Land of 10 this month during Under Armour All-America Game preparations in Orlando, Fla. “Those are my goals — try to earn that starting spot. Those are the things I’ve got to work toward.”
Less than two weeks removed from participating in the All-America Game, Slade is traveling significantly further from home (Woodbridge, Va.) for his final high school showcase. The 5-9, 185-pound playmaker arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Monday, preparing to compete in the Polynesian Bowl.
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Slade will suit up for Team Makai at 6 p.m. local time Saturday. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3. Former UCLA coach and College Football Hall of Fame inductee Terry Donahue will lead the squad against Team Mauka and Super Bowl champion coach Dick Vermeil.
It’s the final step of an exceptional prep career for Slade, who capped off his time at C.D. Hylton High School as the 2017 Gatorade Virginia Player of the Year. He tallied more than 2,700 all-purpose yards as a senior and accounted for 40 touchdowns.
His impact on special teams and as a receiver draws parallels to the way Penn State used Barkley.
“I think I’ll be on special teams. I’ll definitely be in a receiver role, out there in the slot,” Slade said. “They’re going to try to get me the ball in a lot of different ways in the open field.”
Slade previously shined in a pair of high-profile national prospect events.
Penn State commit Ricky Slade Jr. juked a linebacker and celebrated with a flip at The Opening! 👀 pic.twitter.com/MalF11Yzic
— SB Nation (@SBNation) July 2, 2017
He earned first-team honors at The Opening, held last summer at Nike’s world headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., then led all players in offensive touches (11) during the All-America Game, in which he scored a touchdown.
Along with enjoying another opportunity to play against acclaimed peers, Slade is likely to do some recruiting on Team Makai. He shares the roster with 4-star receiver Solomon Enis, who is one of the team’s top remaining targets.
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