Penn State Football Recruiting: Visitors to campus, new offers

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions congratulates Mike Gesicki
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions congratulates Mike Gesicki /

Welcome back to the weekly look at all things Penn State football recruiting here at Victory Bell Rings – the recruiting roundup

As the spring semester rolls on, the world of Penn State football recruiting remains a busy one. That is what we will recap today in this week’s Penn State football recruiting roundup.

This past week, the Nittany Lions hosted multiple key visitors on campus. Additionally, new offers continue to go out to players across the country.

Visitors on campus

Over the weekend the Nittany Lions hosted a pair of players from New Jersey powerhouse DePaul Catholic. These two players were quarterback commit TaQuan Roberson and his teammate four-star athlete Ronnie Hickman.

This was Roberson’s first visit to campus since committing to Penn State back in October. Prior to that, both Roberson and Hickman had last visited for the Nittany Lions’ Whiteout Game shellacking of Michigan.

While the Nittany Lions are firmly in Hickman’s top group, beating out Ohio State for his services will be very difficult to do.

On Monday, the Nittany Lions hosted their top running back target in the 2019 recruiting cycle in top-100 Virginia native Devyn Ford. Ford attends the same high school as class of 2018 offensive tackle signee Nana Asiedu, and this was not his first visit to campus. Like Roberson and Hickman, Ford was in town when the Nittany Lions defeated Michigan back in October.

According to Penn Live, Ford plans to return to Penn State on an official visit later this spring. Ford then plans to announce his college choice in June. It appears the Nittany Lions made up a lot of ground with Ford on this visit and they now appear to be firmly in his top two along with Virginia Tech.

New offers go out

During the past week, the Nittany Lion coaching staff has stayed busy extended scholarship offers on the recruiting trail. Four-star Florida linebacker Anthony Solomon, four-star Indiana running back Sampson James, and four-star Florida safety Keontra Smith.

As always when offering players scholarships, the next step is to get them on campus for a visit. At that point, anything can happen. James is a very intriguing offer as the Nittany Lions want two running backs in this class and he comes from Big Ten country. It should also be noted that Smith is currently committed to Kentucky.

Next: 2017 season rewind: Indiana

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.