A Look at how Penn State Football Commits Fared in Action this Weekend

STATE COLLEGE, PA - OCTOBER 22: The Penn State student section cheers during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on October 22, 2016 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
STATE COLLEGE, PA - OCTOBER 22: The Penn State student section cheers during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on October 22, 2016 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /

With high school football season now in full swing across the country, here is a look at how Penn State football commits performed for their schools this past weekend

Throughout the 2017 football season I will take a look at how Penn State football commits perform in their high school football games each week. With high school football now in full swing across the country, there is plenty to talk about after this past weekend.

To start, we will travel down south to the Commonwealth of Virginia to check in on a pair of Nittany Lion commits.

No Penn State Football commit had a bigger night on Friday than running back Ricky Slade. According to the composite rankings of 247 Sports, Slade is the 27th best player in the country and the second best running back. This was on full display on Friday night.

In a victory for C.D. Hylton High School Slade was a star for the Bulldogs. He carried the ball 17 times for 189 yards. He also rushed for a trio of touchdowns. Look for a huge senior season from Slade this fall.

Also in the state of Virginia, offensive tackle commit Nana Asiedu and North Stafford High School rolled to a 56-15 victory over Osborne High School on Thursday night. However, Asiedu did not play in the game but is expected to return to action next week.

Another player who had a great game was kicker commit Jake Pinegar. The Iowa native was 2/3 in field goal attempts on Friday night making kicks from 50 and 48 yards out. Unfortunately for Centennial High School, it was not enough as they came up just short in a 13-8 defeat.

Back in the state of Pennsylvania, tight end Zack Kuntz had a strong defensive game for Camp Hill in their 24-21 loss against Palmyra. Kuntz blocked a field goal attempted and also recorded an interception for the Lion defense.

Offensive lineman Juice Scruggs helped pave the road to victory for Erie Cathedral Prep in a 40-7 routing of powerhouse Pittsburgh Central Catholic. Staying in the northeastern part of the state, linebacker commit Jesse Luketa helped lead Mercyhurst Prep to a dominating 42-0 victory over Eisenhower. Luketa helped the Lancer defense pitch a shutout, and he also rushed for a touchdown.

Also on Friday night, Nick Tarburton helped lead Pennridge High School to a 41-7 victory over Norristown. On top of helping to lead the Ram defense in a strong performance, Tarburton carried the ball 3 times for 6 yards.

Saturday afternoon saw a showdown between two of the Keystone State’s top programs in Harrisburg High School and Penn State commit Shaquon Anderson-Butts, and Imhotep Charter and Penn State commit Isheem Young. However, Young did nearly kill someone on this thunderous hit.

In this game, SAB caught a touchdown for the Cougars in their 33-14 victory over Imhotep Charter. All of Imhotep struggled on Saturday, which included Young getting beat deep for a touchdown in the second quarter.

The lone in-state commit not in action this past weekend was linebacker Charlie Katshir. Cumberland Valley and Katshir begin their season next Friday against Coatesville.

Returning to the Midwest, offensive tackle Bryce Effner sat out of Metea Valley’s game due to mono. While up in the state of Michigan fellow offensive tackle commit AJ Reed helped lead Muskegon High School to a 56-0 victory over Ann Arbor.

Down in the Sunshine State, cornerback commit Jordan Miner had a big interception on Firday night. This interception helped Winegrass Ranch earn a 31-29 victory over Zephyrhills High School. Offensively, however, Miner fumbled the ball twice.

Penn State’s Texan commits, Isaiah Humphries and Trent Gordon, start their season next Friday. As will quarterback commit Will Levis and Xavier Academy in Connecticut.

Meanwhile, New Jersey’s powerhouse Paramus Catholic and defensive end commit Dorian Hardy begin their season next Saturday as does wide receiver Daniel George and Oxon Hill Hgh School in Maryland.

5-star wide receiver Justin Shorter and South Brunswick do not start their season until September 8th, while tight end Pat Freiermuth will begin his season on September 16th.

Next: Previewing Penn State's Early Season Offensive Starters

That will do it for this week. Check back with Victory Bell Rings throughout the season for updates on the performances of Penn State Football commits each weekend throughout the high school football season.