Penn State Football recruiting wraps impressive third wave of visits

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

Penn State Football recruiting is coming off another impressive weekend of recruiting visits

Two weeks ago Penn State Football hosted the secondary and running back prospects on campus, and this past weekend, saw a healthy amount of offensive linemen and defensive linemen  in Happy Valley.

The offensive line group included Penn State commit Drew Shelton along with 4-star Gunner Givens and 3-star Andre Roye Jr. This is a crucial visit for Penn State with Shelton, as he was on Florida’s campus last weekend. The staff will do what they can to keep him solid.

Givens is a long-time target that has seen his ranking drop in the past few months. He’s still a 4-star and the Nittany Lions are still showing plenty of interest. Roye is a newer target, he received an offer back in February and this will be his first time on campus since the offer. Penn State is battling Rutgers and Maryland for him.

Other offensive targets expected on campus include the very talented running back Omarion Hampton out of North Carolina. It’ll be tough to pull the 4-star away from the hometown Tar Heels, but Penn State will try this weekend. Wide receiver/safety Cristian Driver will also visit from Texas. He is the son of former Green Bay Packer Donald Driver. James Franklin was Driver’s position coach in Green Bay for a short time.

On the defensive side of things, two of the Nittany Lions top edge rush targets will be in Happy Valley. Four stars Anto Saka and Tyreese Fearbry are right behind Dani Dennis-Sutton on the edge board for Penn State. Sake is fresh off of a visit to USC last week, while Fearbry was at Pitt. Landing one of the two to go along with Ken Talley, and hopefully Dennis-Sutton, would be big.

Four star defensive tackle Zane Durant out of Florida will make the trip North this weekend. Penn State had three other defensive tackles on campus last week in Joe Strickland, Kaleb Artis and Alex VanSumeren.

At linebacker, 3-star Keon Wylie will come up from Philadelphia. He is good friends with Talley and this weekend will be big for him as Penn State’s linebacker board has many question marks. One defensive back will also visit in 3-star safety Jordan Allen. Penn State has a lot of names for not a lot of spots in the secondary in this class, so that will be something to keep an eye on.

Shelton won’t be the only commit on campus, as punter Alex Bacchetta will visit for the first time since his commitment. He will be coming up from Georgia.

Last weekend may not have the star power that the prior recruiting weekend had, but it his a critical weekend, especially on the offensive line. The Nittany Lions will focus on fending off Florida for Shelton, while also trying to close with other targets.

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