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Penn State set to welcome a pair of blue chip offensive linemen
Penn State hosts its final game of the 2017 season at Beaver Stadium on Saturday. The Nittany Lions aim to complete an unbeaten campaign on home turf for the second straight year, as a struggling 4-6 Nebraska squad comes to town on senior day.
As fans, coaches and teammates pay tribute to senior players, focus will also be toward the future for Penn State’s recruiting staff. The Nittany Lions have compiled another impressive guest list this weekend, including two of the top 2019 offensive linemen in Big Ten territory.
Penn State is set to host 4-star prospects Zeke Correll and Trevor Keegan. Both visitors are considered top-250 talents in 247Sports composite rankings.
Keegan, a 6-foot-6, 310-pound junior at Crystal Lake (Ill.) South High School, returns to campus for the first time since mid-summer Lasch Bash festivities. He arrived in town a day ahead of time:
Just landed in happy valley❕🔷❕#WeAre
— Trevor Keegan (@bigtrevk) November 17, 2017
Correll, a 6-4, 270-pound Anderson (Cincinnati) High School standout, shared his upcoming trip Friday afternoon on Twitter:
— Zeke Correll (@zekecorrell) November 17, 2017
Correll, a top-10 guard recruit in composite rankings, does not have a scholarship offer from the Nittany Lions. However, he isn’t lacking for collegiate options, claiming an offer sheet that features Maryland, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Northwestern and Wisconsin.
Ohio State is considered a strong contender to keep him near home, while Notre Dame is the latest Power 5 program to enter this pursuit. He visited South Bend, Ind., on Oct. 28, watching the Fighting Irish defeat North Carolina State.
Watch Correll’s 2017 season highlights here:
The Nittany Lions have offered 11 offensive linemen in the 2019 recruiting class thus far, according to 247Sports. While Correll warrants consideration to land on that list, Keegan is already on it.
Penn State extended an offer to the top-20 tackle prospect July 15 while he was on campus. Keegan, who earned all-state honors in Illinois this season, is highly regarded among Big Ten teams.
Aside from the Nittany Lions, his offer list includes conference foes Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern and Purdue. Keegan also holds offers from Arkansas, Iowa State, Oregon and TCU, showcasing his status as a national recruit.
Penn State has not been shy showing its interest in Keegan.
“One day, I had 60 letters from Penn State, which was crazy,” Keegan told the Northwest Herald in September.
Expect him to be a focal point as Nittany Lions assistants attempt to make visitors feel like they are “part of the family”.
Watch his highlights here:
Nittany Lions RB target Jalen Berger returns to campus
Along with those compelling offensive linemen and receiver John Metchie, a 2019 target we detailed in our Thursday recruiting notebook, an underclassman from New Jersey also warrants attention beyond 2018 recruiting efforts. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) sophomore Jalen Berger will be in Happy Valley this weekend.
Considered a top-100 overall recruit and the No. 1 Garden State prospect in initial 247Sports 2020 rankings, he landed on Penn State’s target shortly after his freshman year. Berger attended a Nittany Lions camp on June 3 and returned home with an offer.
He is a dynamic offensive weapon at Don Bosco, posting impressive production as a both a rusher and a receiver. Berger broke through as a key contributor for the perennial parochial powerhouse during his freshman campaign, commanding looks from coaches across college football.
He received offers from Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Rutgers and Syracuse before his freshman year concluded, and could see another wave of scholarship offers arrive this upcoming offseason following an impressive sophomore season. Check out highlights of his 2017 performance below:
Berger is teammates with 4-star 2018 defensive tackle Tyler Friday, who recently listed Penn State in his top 5 alongside Miami, Michigan, Ohio State and UCLA. Friday, a Don Bosco senior, is using an official visit at Ohio State this weekend.
Berger and Chris Tyree (Chester, Va.) are the early priorities at running back for Penn State in 2020 recruiting efforts.
Penn State hopes to send official visitors home with positive impression
Earlier this week, I focused on the upcoming official visits of Solomon Enis and Jayson Oweh. These 4-star prospects are both considering several college options, and Penn State has an opportunity to send a strong message during their weekend stay.
Oweh, a 6-5, 235-pound defensive end, arrived in Happy Valley on Friday afternoon. It’s the Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.) senior’s fifth trip to campus since March, and he will be accompanied by his parents.
📍Happy Valley , Wassup?
— Jayson Oweh (@JaysonOweh) November 17, 2017
Enis, a 6-4, 190-pound receiver who attends North Canyon (Phoenix) High School, is the son of former Nittany Lions star Curtis Enis. He previously spent time in Beaver Stadium during the April 22 spring game.
Oweh, who has used an official visit at Ohio State, will follow this weekend with trips to Michigan and Notre Dame. Enis continues to look closely at Pac-12 schools such as Arizona State, California and Utah.
Both players have a solid rapport with Penn State’s staff, so expect these experiences to be about how both players would fit in the locker room and classroom as prospective student-athletes. Oweh will announce his commitment Jan. 4 at the Under Armour All-America Game, while Enis’ decision timeline remains unknown.
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