Penn State Football recruiting: Big talent visiting Happy Valley this weekend

Penn State Nittany Lions players take the field (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Penn State Nittany Lions players take the field (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

The Nittany Lions will host several key members of Penn State Football recruiting’s 2022 class on a visit to Happy Valley this weekend

Penn State Football will host their last set of visitors for official visits this weekend.

The last weekend of June marks the end of the visiting period and a dead period will be in place until late July.

Unlike the past three recruiting weekends, this one will have more of a party feel and less of a business one.

The reason for that, is that the majority of Penn State’s 2022 class will be on campus taking their official visit.

The group of commits that will be in Happy Valley for an official include: Kaden Saunders, Jerry Cross, Drew Allar, Beau Pribula, Ken Talley, Anthony Ivey, Tyrece Mills, Maleek McNeil and Mehki Flowers

New commit Tyler Johnson tweeted that he will be back this weekend, but he already used his official, so it will be an unofficial visit. The hope is Drew Shelton does the same.

This will be the first time that this group will all be together in person as commits and in some cases will be the first time some of the future Nittany Lions meet.

Penn State Football has done a good job of keeping this group solid, as Allar, Pribula, Saunders, Talley, Mills and Cross have all officially shut down their recruitments.

While James Franklin and his staff will enjoy the family reunion with the commits, there will still be some work to do.

The Nittany Lions are set to host six highly ranked uncommitted recruits as well. That list includes:4-star OT Aamil Wagner, 4-star LB Moses Walker,4-star CB Cam Miller,  4-star RB George Pettaway, 4-star RB Damari Alston and 4-star WR Darrius Clemons.

Penn State is interested in all six of these recruits and they are hoping that a great weekend will put the Nittany Lions in position to land any of the five.

Wagner may be the most important, as Penn State’s offensive line outlook in the 2022 class is a bit cloudy. It’ll be tough sledding though, as the likes of Notre Dame and Ohio State are heavily involved.

Walker also plays a position of need and his other top school is Rutgers, that’s one Penn State would like to steal from them.

Miller is now a higher priority target for the Nittany Lions after losing Jaeden Gould to USC last week. The Florida product was on campus ealier this month for an unofficial visit, so it’s a good sign that he’s back.

Pettaway and Alston may not be at the very top of Penn State’s running back board, but if Omarion Hampton and Nick Singleton end up elsewhere, one or both of these guys could easily end up in this class.

Clemons is good friends with Saunders, as the two are often seen interacting on social media. It’s no secret that Saunders badly wants Clemons in this class, but Penn State is battling Oregon and Auburn, with others involved.

Penn State currently has three receivers committed and has Flowers who could end up there, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens with Clemons. He is the type of talent you make room for.

This is the last opportunity for Franklin to make headway with recruits, with many expected to commit during the dead period in July. Penn State currently has the fifth ranked class in the nation and the coaching staff and commits alike are hoping to build on that.