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Penn State targets Solomon Enis and Jayson Oweh enjoy official visit
Penn State is underway with its final push of the 2018 recruiting cycle, as we’re now only one month away from the inaugural early signing period (Dec. 20-22). The Nittany Lions carry 22 commitments in their class, with limited room for additions.
Focus is on a small collection of uncommitted blue-chip high school seniors, and a pair of those players spent last weekend of campus. New Jersey defensive end Jayson Oweh and Arizona receiver Solomon Enis both used official visits in Happy Valley, attending Penn State’s win over Nebraska.
While attention certainly extends to other targets such as 4-star offensive tackle Rasheed Walker and elite defensive ends Micah Parsons and Tyreke Smith, this duo is unquestionably in the mix to claim two of the remaining spots in Penn State’s 2018 class.
Oweh, who traveled to State College alongside his parents and Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.) teammates, previously told Land of 10 he viewed the Nittany Lions and Ohio State as leaders entering this visit. It’s safe to say Penn State impressed, as he wore a smile on his face while chatting with fellow prospects, coaches and fans prior to the matchup.
He took a moment on the field to soak up some love from Nittany Lions faithful:
Oweh, who totaled 13 sacks in fewer than five full games as a senior, is among the true “high-ceiling” recruits in his class. This was his fifth trip to Penn State since March, placing the Nittany Lions in an enviable position leading into upcoming official visits at Michigan (Nov. 25) and Notre Dame (Dec. 8).
He plans to announce a college decision Jan. 4 during the Under Armour All-America Game. After returning home from this latest trip to Happy Valley, Oweh expressed excitement on social media and said it “made me remember why I fell in love with PSU in the first place.”
— Jayson Oweh (@JaysonOweh) November 20, 2017
Meanwhile, Enis made his second appearance in Beaver Stadium this year. He previously traveled to campus for the Nittany Lions’ spring game, which he watched while accompanied by his father: former star Penn State running back Curtis Enis.
The elder Enis again took part in this recruitment experience for Solomon, who is a 6-4, 190-pound playmaker from North Canyon (Phoenix, Ariz.) High School. If Penn State does add another offensive prospect this cycle, there is a strong chance Enis ends up being the guy.
Like Oweh, he tweeted out a photo montage of him wearing a Nittany Lions uniform:
— Solomon. (@SolomonEnis) November 20, 2017
If Enis does join Penn State’s class, it would create a four-receiver group that also includes Shaquon Anderson-Butts, Daniel George and Justin Shorter. His physical stature matches up with Shorter, a 5-star recruit, and would give Nittany Lions receivers coach Josh Gattis a new pair of 6-foot-4 talents.
Enis also is considering Pac-12 programs such as Arizona State, California and Utah. He produced 1,711 all-purpose yards and 15 touchdowns this season.
Watch his highlights here:
5-star DE Micah Parsons receives acceptance into Penn State
We won’t learn where 5-star prospect Micah Parsons will play college football until his announcement ceremony Dec. 20. However, as of Monday, Penn State is officially a legitimate academic option.
Parsons, a 6-3, 235-pound senior at Harrisburg (Pa.) High School, shared that his acceptance process with the university is now complete. He is eligible to enroll if Penn State is his selection:
Blessed to be accepted into pennstate today 🙏🏽🙏🏽 #weare 🏈
— BLESSEDMVP (@Micah_parsons23) November 20, 2017
Considering Parsons set a goal to graduate high school early — it remains unclear if that will happen — there was never any concern about his ability to qualify for collegiate enrollment. With this step of the process now cleared, Penn State coaches will spend the next few weeks ensuring things continue to move toward reconciliation between the two parties.
Parsons was among the initial 2018 recruiting targets for James Franklin, and he spent 14 months pledged to Penn State prior to de-committing in April. Harrisburg teammate and close friend Anderson-Butts committed to the Nittany Lions this summer and has been recruiting Parsons.
Along with Penn State, Georgia, Nebraska, Ohio State and Oklahoma are viewed as other schools in contention. Parsons completed his senior season last weekend, finishing a dominant campaign with 1,200 rushing yards, 18 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and 29 touchdowns.
On Monday, he was named a finalist for U.S. Army All-American Player of the Year.
Nittany Lions offer New England DB Tyler Rudolph
Last week, I wrote about the planned game-day visit for Connecticut standout Tyler Rudolph. It proved beneficial for the 6-1, 197-pound junior, who attends St. Thomas More (Waterbury, Conn.).
Rudolph secured a Penn State scholarship offer while in town for the game vs. Nebraska.
— Tyler (@Tylerrudolph01) November 18, 2017
Considered the No. 41 safety recruit in the 247Sports 2019 composite rankings, Rudolph emerges as yet another Nittany Lions target from New England. Penn State carries pledges from Connecticut quarterback Will Levis and Massachusetts tight end Pat Freiermuth in its 2018 recruiting class.
St. Thomas More teammate Tre Williams, a sophomore defensive tackle, landed a Nittany Lions offer this past offseason. Connecticut is also home to Penn State targets such as 2019 defensive backs Lewis Cine and Marquis Wilson and 2020 quarterback Drew Pyne.
Rudolph proved to be a dangerous talent with the ball in his hands as a sophomore in 2016, collecting 83 receptions for 1,390 yards and 11 touchdowns, per MaxPreps.
Penn State enters a pursuit that also includes Boston College, Connecticut, Rutgers, Syracuse and Temple.
Check out Rudolph’s junior-season highlights here: