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Penn State starts spring official visit schedule with TE Isaiah Foskey
We’ve written extensively about recent alterations to the college football recruiting calendar. The inaugural early signing period in December made a major impact on final stages of the 2018 recruiting cycle, and now the 2019 class is venturing into uncharted territory.
High school juniors are now permitted to use official visits from the start of April through late June, and a low volume of current commitments across the country indicates many prospects will prioritize this opportunity. Penn State has several top-tier targets set to use official visits in Happy Valley this spring, with the April 21 Blue-White Game shaping up as perhaps the biggest on-campus recruiting event of 2018.
The Nittany Lions reached a new phase of recruiting efforts this weekend by welcoming Isaiah Foskey for an official visit. The De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) High School junior journeyed cross-country for a series of stops at universities, leading him to State College on Friday.
— Isaiah Fos🔑 (@IFoskey) April 6, 2018
Foskey, considered the No. 4 tight end and No. 145 overall recruit in 247Sports’ 2019 composite rankings, traveled to Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State and Tennessee during the days leading up to his official visit at Penn State. Clemson offered a scholarship on Thursday, and he’s approaching 30 total collegiate options.
The Nittany Lions entered this recruitment on Feb. 14, setting the stage for the first spring visit of its kind in State College. Penn State signed a pair of top-10 tight end prospects this winter, including early enrollee Zack Kuntz. Pat Freiermuth will join the team next month.
Foskey, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound prospect, is one of seven 2019 tight end recruits who’ve received a Penn State offer since the start of winter. The Nittany Lions initially targeted Hudson Henry (Little Rock, Ark.) and Austin Stogner (Plano, Texas) last spring. Other recent offers at the position include Jahleel Billingsley (Chicago), Patrick Herbert (Eugene, Ore.) and Keon Zipperer (Lakeland, Fla.).
Watch Foskey’s 2017 highlights here:
Penn State offers Joey Porter Jr., son of former Steelers star
The Nittany Lions have been quite selective while assessing in-state prospects. Only five athletes expected to play high school football in Pennsylvania this season claim a Penn State offer, and Joey Porter Jr. can now be counted among them.
The North Allegheny High School standout reported a Nittany Lions offer on Saturday afternoon, placing him in company with State College cornerback Keaton Ellis and Harrisburg linebacker Andre White as Pennsylvania prospects on Penn State’s 2019 target board. Receiver Julian Fleming (2020) and defensive back Derrick Davis (2020) are younger in-state recruits who have secured Nittany Lions offers.
Penn State fans who live in western areas of the state should be extremely familiar with Porter’s name. He shares it with his father, who was a four-time Pro Bowl selection in the NFL and best known for his eight seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The former Steelers linebacker is now an assistant coach with the franchise.
Porter Jr., a 6-2, 185-pound cornerback, holds offers from various Power 5 conference schools, including Arizona State, LSU, Nebraska, Pittsburgh and West Virginia.
He secured 7 interceptions in 2017, according to MaxPreps. Watch his junior-season highlights here:
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