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Penn State adds Jayden Daniels to 2019 quarterback board
Penn State secured a quarterback commitment in its 2019 recruiting class during the 2017 season, but efforts to identify other talents at the position remain persistent. The Nittany Lions opened a new quarterback recruitment Thursday for the second time this month, extending a scholarship offer to Jayden Daniels.
The 6-foot-3, 170-pound prospect is a fast-riser at his position, gaining elevated stature among his peers this winter as a result of expanded collegiate interest. Daniels, a junior at Cajon High School (San Bernardino, Calif.), reported his Penn State offer less than 3 hours after sharing news of an Ohio State offer.
Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Nebraska are among options that have emerged since late December. His process now includes prominent programs from each Power-5 conference, with the highest volume of attention located in Pac-12 territory.
Daniels plans to visit Oregon and Utah this spring, according to Greg Biggins of 247Sports.
Considered the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback and No. 93 overall recruit in the 247Sports 2019 composite rankings, he claims more than 20 offers following a dazzling junior campaign.
Daniels decimated defenses en route to 5,139 passing yards and 62 touchdown tosses. He also starred as a runner, adding 1,292 yards and 15 scores on the ground.
Watch his 2017 season highlights here:
Penn State has been active in the 2019 quarterback market, indicating coach James Franklin and offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne may be interested in signing two players at the position.
The Nittany Lions landed a verbal pledge from Taquan Roberson (Wayne, N.J.) on Oct. 26. Listed 12th among dual-threat talents, he led DePaul Catholic High School to a state championship last season.
His presence in the class hasn’t deterred Penn State from exploring other possibilities.
The Nittany Lions offered Taisun Phommachanh (Avon, Conn.) on Feb. 7. Earlier targets include Max Duggan (Council Bluffs, Iowa) and Garrett Shrader (Charlotte, N.C.).
Nittany Lions target linebacker pair from Florida powerhouse
Penn State put the Florida recruiting scene on notice this winter after the arrival of Palm Beach County native and new running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider. The former Florida Gators assistant took the lead in a strategic shift toward acquiring talent from the state of Florida.
More than 20 Nittany Lions offers have been distributed in Florida since January. Among the most recent are those presented to a pair of blue-chip linebackers who attend Fort Lauderdale powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas High School.
Avery Huff and Anthony Sullivan shared news of the Penn State offers this week. Both prospects are considered 4-star outside linebackers, and Solomon is a top-200 overall talent.
Solomon, a 6-foot, 200-pound standout, secured 77 tackles and 2 sacks last season, according to MaxPreps. The St. Thomas Aquinas linebacker corps was led by 2018 Oklahoma Sooners signee Nik Bonitto, so a larger spotlight awaits this autumn.
His offer sheet includes Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Miami, Michigan and Texas.
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— Anthony Solomon 11™️ (@Solomon_STA) November 22, 2017
Huff supplies a reinforcement for the state title contender after transferring from McArthur (Hollywood, Fla.) High School. The 6-3, 200-pound defender has had many offers since Jan. 31, including Alabama, Florida State, Louisville, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Penn State has offered high school teammates on a few occasions in the 2019 cycle. Other instances include running back Keilan Robinson and safety Quinten Johnson of St. John’s College High School (Washington, D.C.), cornerbacks Warren Burrell and DJ Turner of North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.) and receivers Marcus Washington and Isaiah Williams of Trinity Catholic (St. Louis).
The Nittany Lions have reached a double-digit offer total at linebacker. Other notable targets are Shane Lee (Baltimore), Brandon Smith (Mineral, Va.) and Andre White (Harrisburg, Pa.).
Competition increases for DB Tyler Rudolph
Penn State provided one of Tyler Rudolph’s earliest Power-5 offers on Nov. 18 during his visit to see the Nittany Lions defeat Nebraska. Three months later, he is averaging about one per day.
Rudolph, a defensive back who attends St. Thomas More (Oakdale, Conn.), received offers from Clemson, Florida, Iowa and Virginia this week. Penn State remains the squad pinned to his Twitter profile, but this recruitment has grown increasingly contentious.
Capable of contributing at cornerback or safety, Rudolph returned to Happy Valley earlier this month. He attended a Feb. 3 junior day event, spending time alongside fellow Penn State targets and a few future Nittany Lions.
Rudolph also attended a Nittany Lions camp last July, and these frequent trips to campus are positive signs for Penn State. The 6-1, 197-pound playmaker plans to announce a college decision before the start of his senior season.
The Nittany Lions hold a verbal pledge from local State College cornerback Keaton Ellis and signed three defensive backs this winter. Penn State appears primed to potentially pull in multiple secondary additions from New England this cycle, with Rudolph, Marquis Wilson and Lewis Cine all strong possibilities. However, a steady slew of offers ensures challenges lie ahead.
View Rudolph’s junior-season highlights here:
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