Penn State Football Recruiting Roundup: April 21, 2017

Oct 22, 2016; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions fans gather outside of Beaver Stadium prior to the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Penn State defeated Ohio State 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 22, 2016; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions fans gather outside of Beaver Stadium prior to the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Penn State defeated Ohio State 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports /

Welcome back to VBR’s weekly look at all things Penn State football recruiting: the recruiting roundup

The spring evaluation period is always an important time in the world of college football recruiting. For Penn State Football recruiting, this spring has been just that. Now it will be capped off with their biggest weekend of the spring, the Blue-White game.

The Nittany Lions will host a huge group of recruits this weekend. This group will include members of their highly touted 2018 recruiting class, as well as un-committed class of 2018 and 2019 recruits.

Blue-White Game Visitors

The list of visitors this weekend is one of the most impressive lists I have ever seen for a single weekend. As always on big recruiting weekends like this, the list below is not the full list of visitors. It is a list of visitors that has been confirmed via social media or other free publications.

Class of 2018 Commits
LB Charlie Katshir
DB Isaiah Humphries
LB Jesse Luketa
QB Justin Fields
WR Justin Shorter
DE Micah Parsons
TE Pat Freiermuth
RB Ricky Slade
TE Zack Kuntz

It is always great to get committed players back on campus, especially on a weekend that will also see so many un-committed players on campus. Furthermore, commits such as Isaiah Humphries and Micah Parsons have visited other schools this spring. This makes getting them back on campus even better.

Class of 2018
OL Antwan Reed
OL Blake Zubovic
DB Isheem Young
WR Jahan Dotson
DB Kwantel Raines
OL Nana Asiedu
WR Shaquon Anderson-Butts
WR Solomon Enis

Two players to really watch this weekend are Jahan Dotson and Nana Asiedu. Dotson is one of the best wide receivers in the country but has not visited Penn State since moving from Eastern Pennsylvania to New Jersey. The Nittany Lions could make a move this weekend.

Nana Asiedu last visited Penn State for Junior Day back in February. Entering the visiting, Clemson was his leader. However, visiting Happy Valley he named the Nittany Lions his new leaders. Many thought this was simply a post-visit high, however, he has not returned to Death Valley since that visit to Penn State. The Nittany Lions could truly cement themselves as the team to beat for one of the nation’s top 100 players.

Also, Solomon Enis is the son of Penn State legend Curtis Enis. This will be the Arizona native’s first visit to Happy Valley.

The Nittany Lions already have one of the best recruiting classes in the country for the 2018 cycle and this class could get even better this weekend. There is more than one visitor that could commit without surprising me. Stay tuned.

Class of 2019
OL Caedan Wallace
CB Nyquee Hawkins
LB Omar Speights

Penn State’s 2019 recruiting class is still looking for its first commit. However, that could, and should, change soon. Do not be surprised if either Wallace or Hawkins become the first member of the 2019 class at some point.

Penn State Makes The Cut

This past week, the Nittany Lions also cracked the top group for a pair of Maryland’s best recruits. The first of which is four-star offensive tackle Rasheed Walker.

Walker is a North Point, Maryland, native. The other five schools in his top group are Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio State, Rutgers, and Virginia Tech. According to the composite rankings 247 Sports, Walker is the 17th best offensive tackle in the country.

Rasheed Walker has visited Penn State twice this spring, and could potentially pop up on campus this weekend. The Nittany Lions are in a very good spot for Walker right now. Honestly, they may currently hold the inside track to landing a commitment from him.

Penn Stat also cracked the top five of five-star cornerback Anthony Lytton.

The other four schools in his top five are Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, and Maryland. For a long time, the Seminoles have appeared to be the team to beat for Lytton’s services. However, despite ample opportunities to do so, he has not committed to the Noles.

It is possible that Lytton’s recruitment could still be wide open and that the Nittany Lions may have a shot at becoming players. But if they are going to do that, they need to get him back on campus for a visit.

Next: 2017 Game Themes Announced

That will do it for this week. As always, stay tuned here at Victory Bell Rings for all of the latest news in the world of Penn State football recruiting. Especially during what could be a very busy Blue-White weekend.