Penn State football named finalists for two high-profile recruits

Penn State Nittany Lions. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
Penn State Nittany Lions. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) /

Two high-profile NCAA recruits recently named their top school selections. Penn State football appeared on both.

Week one of the 2019 College Football Season is vastly approaching, but we can’t entirely shift the focus there yet. As we know, Penn State football’s recruiting never stops. Despite the fact that the camp phase of the offseason is over, players will still be taking on visits and even sending their verbal commitments in whenever they are ready.

Recently, Penn State added a four-star prospect to their 2020 class by gaining a commitment from running back, Keyvone Lee. The Clearwater, Florida back had his eyes set on Penn State throughout the summer and finally made it official that he plans on enrolling in 2020.

As of late, there have been a lot of talks about the Nittany Lions struggling to land high-profile athletes. As a majority of their 2020 class does happen to be three-star athletes, the fans are wondering where all of the four or five-star guys are at. Well, the good news is that there is still plenty of time for the Lions to reel them in.

And as a matter of fact, two high-profile recruits have recently named Penn State as finalists in their recruitment. First, we’ll start with the 2020 recruit, Darnell Washington. Hailing from Las Vegas, Nevada, Washington stands tall at six-foot-seven-inches, weighing 261-pounds.

Being that he’s ranked 12th nationally, Washington has interest from just about every major school has any sort of shot at him. Listed as an athlete, Washington can play multiple positions but is expected to play tight end in college. That’s a good look for Penn State who has had their fair share of successful tight ends in the recent past.

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Washington wasn’t the only athlete to announce his top selections. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native Elliot Donald also named his top eight as well. Unlike Washington though, Donald has only begun his Junior season in High School, and won’t enter the NCAA until 2021. And yes, in case you are wondering about the last name, he is related to Rams superstar D-Tackle, Aaron Donald.

The four-star defensive end is ready to trim down the schools he knows he definitely doesn’t want, and the Lions do not fall under that category. Along with Texas A&M, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Ohio State, Michigan, LSU, and Pittsburgh, Penn State cracks the top eight.

For the 2021 class, Donald currently ranks fifth in the state of Pennsylvania. Being that he’s from Pittsburgh, some believe he might stick around to play for the Panthers — but that can change at some point as he still has plenty of time left in his recruitment.

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