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Penn State targets Georgia Bulldogs pledge Jalen Perry
Penn State hasn’t hesitated to target top 2019 prospects who presently plan to attend college elsewhere. The Nittany Lions extended a scholarship offer to 5-star defensive back Akeem Dent in February, despite his lengthy verbal commitment to Florida State, and now a pursuit is underway for Georgia Bulldogs pledge Jalen Perry.
The Dacula (Ga.) High School junior tweeted news of a Penn State offer on Thursday. Perry, considered the No. 14 cornerback and No. 127 overall recruit in 247Sports 2019 composite rankings, joined Georgia’s 2019 class on Oct. 30.
The Bulldogs beat out Alabama, Auburn, Notre Dame, Ohio State and others upon his midseason announcement. Still, expanded collegiate interest continues to arrive for the 6-foot-1, 175-pound prospect.
Perry has picked up offers from Clemson, Florida, Michigan and Penn State since February. He clearly has the makings of an athlete who will enter his senior season with 30-plus college options.
Perry stars on both sides of the field for Dacula. His 2017 season featured 637 rushing yards (14.8 per carry), 437 receiving yards (19.9 per catch), 11 total touchdowns, 41 tackles and 3 interceptions. He also contributed as a special teams returner.
“He is just so smooth,” Dacula coach Tommy Jones told Jeff Sentell of DawgNation, a Land of 10 affiliate. “He’s one of those guys that doesn’t sometimes look like he is moving but is moving away quickly from everyone on the field. He can play press man and can play off you. He’s got the ability to gain ground quickly. But to me, his ball skills are just absolutely phenomenal.”
The 2019 Nittany Lions target board now includes more than 30 defensive backs. State College (Pa.) cornerback Keaton Ellis became Penn State’s first commitment of the class Sept. 9, and he’s since been joined by New Jersey quarterback Taquan Roberson.
Watch Perry’s junior season highlights here:
Nittany Lions set to host 4-star DL Steven Faucheux
In our Thursday notebook, we documented potential upcoming visits from top-tier Ohio defensive linemen Zach Harrison and Rodas Johnson. The Nittany Lions will welcome yet another to campus in April, according to Ryan Synder of Blue-White Illustrated.
Steven Faucheux, a 4-star recruit who attends Lakota West (West Chester, Ohio) High School, is scheduled to be in Happy Valley on April 7. This will be an unofficial visit, per Snyder.
Fresh off signing four defensive linemen in the 2018 recruiting class, Penn State is searching for its first in the 2019 cycle. The Nittany Lions have built a solid rapport with Faucheux, who received an offer last May.
Prior to a June 2017 visit to State College, he told Land of 10 what Penn State sees in his skill set.
“Coaches have told me they like my versatility — they see me as a strongside defensive end who can drop down inside as well,” Faucheux said. “They also say they like my pass rush, how I get off blocks and find the ball, my aggressiveness and how I use my length.”
— Steven Faucheux 2019 (@s_faucheux) February 19, 2018
The 6-foot-4, 270-pound prospect is approaching 15 Power 5 opportunities. His latest offer came from West Virginia, while Indiana and Maryland are other Big Ten programs in the mix.
Faucheux, listed 16th among strongside defensive ends and 207th overall in composite rankings, sounds like a recruit ready to build momentum toward a decision. His upcoming trip to Penn State is likely to play a pivotal role in how things evolve with the Nittany Lions.
“More than anything, I just want to get a little time with the coaches and maybe a few players if I get a chance,” he told Snyder. “I feel like I have narrowed down my choices a lot. I mainly just want to focus on where I fit best now. … They signed a strong 2018 class, so I want to see what the wild dogs look like now with the guys they added.”
Other Penn State defensive line targets include Harrison, Johnson, Antonio Alfano (Rahway, N.J.), Bill Norton (Memphis, Tenn.) and Mazi Smith (Grand Rapids, Mich.).
Watch Faucheux’s 2017 highlights here:
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