First big recruiting weekend a good one for Penn State Football

Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin (Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)
Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin (Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports) /

Penn State Football and head coach James Franklin had Happy Valley buzzing during big recruiting weekend, aiming to bolster strong 2022 haul

Penn State Football was able to host recruits on campus for the first time in 15 months this past weekend, and it looks like things went well for the Nittany Lions.

Penn State hosted numerous 2022 commits and targets, along with a handful of 2023 targets as well.

Commits on campus included Drew Allar, Kaden Saunders, Mehki Flowers, Ken Talley and Tyrece Mills. This was the first time that a group of 2022 commits was able to get together on campus.

The commits have been outspoken on social media about getting other recruits to join the class, they were given an opportunity to do that peer recruiting in person this past weekend.

A few of the recruits that were there for the commits to talk to were 5-star safety Keon Sabb, 4-star RB Kaytron Allen and 4-star OL Ryan Brubaker.

Allen seemed to enjoy the visit and said he will be back. That is good news for the Penn State staff as they continue their pursuit for two running backs in the 2022 class.

A recruit who is expected on campus next weekend for an official visit, Keenan Nelson Jr, stopped by this past Sunday as well. It is certainly a good sign when an uncommitted recruit shows up twice on campus in a six day stretch.

While the 2022 contingency on campus was strong, the 2023 group was impressive as well. The group was highlighted by 5-star OL Alex Birchmeier and he was joined by 4-star OL Antonio Tripp, 4-star CB Shawn Battle and 4-star LBs Semaj Bridgeman and Ta’Mere Robinson.

Tripp has plenty of connections to Penn State, as he attends the McDonogh School in Owings Mill, MD. The powerhouse is a pipeline for the Nittany Lions and they are in the thick of it for Tripp’s older teammate Dani Dennis-Sutton.

Two positions the Nittany Lions want to consistently recruit at a high level is offensive line and linebacker, and they have a chance to do that with this 2023 crop of recruits.

Penn State has three more major recruiting weekends set up in June and each will be critical to the future of Penn State football.