A pair of players picked up Penn State offers recently, and a big-time Nittany Lion target earned a new offer from one of the nation's superpower programs. Let's take a look at each new offer.
- ★★★★ 2019 DT Jowon Briggs
Briggs, who is ranked early on as one of the top players in the 2019 class. He's currently No. 69 in his class (nice) and the No. 5 defensive tackle. As with all highly-sought after players from Ohio, it will be tough to pull him from Ohio State, but the early offer should give Penn State the chance to make a positive impression early on.
Congrats to @briggsjowon0 on receiving an offer from Penn State University!— Gerry Beauchamp (@CoachBeauchamp) June 13, 2017
- 2020 RB Chris Tyree
Penn State became the latest program to offer Tyree, who has an incredibly impressive offer sheet considering how early it is in the process for him. According to 247Sports, Duke, Florida State, Georgia, Marshall, Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia have already extended offers to the all-purpose back out of Virginia.
- ★★★★ 2018 DB Houston Griffith
Griffith already holds a Penn State offer, but now also has one from the vaunted Alabama. The Nittany Lions already seem to be on the outside looking in for Griffith, and this will likely just make things more difficult. Notre Dame leads on his 247Sports Crystal Ball with 78% of the picks.
One of the nation's top defensive tackles is Trevor Trout, out of Chaminade High School in St. Louis, MO. Penn State offered the big tackle last October, and now have made the cut for his top group.
Aside from Missouri, Penn State is the only school on the list that can be considered a northern destination, so they'll be in the typical battle of having to convince Trout away from the warm weather of the south. Still, Trout would be a nice get for the staff to add to their defensive lien stockpile.
While it's very difficult to see a scenario in which Justin Fields recommits to Penn State after decommitting (very, very few prospects have done so), he's at least still mentioning the Nittany Lions among his top schools. Rivals did an interview with him while at the Rivals Five-Star Challenge in which he talks about each of his top schools, and how he fits there. He also confirms a report that he thinks he best fits in the offenses of Penn State and Florida State, which may keep the Nittany Lions in it a bit longer than expected.
The Opening Rosters
Two of the team rosters for The Opening finals were released on Tuesday, and a few Penn State targets will be paired up together on the first two teams. Side note, the team names at The Opening are easily one of the best parts of the event. You should make your own and put it in the comment section.
Team Alpha Menace with put three Penn State targets who are on the radar, but going to be tough to reel in, together: defensive back Houston Griffith, defensive lineman K.J. Henry, and defensive lineman Tyreke Smith.
The final two team rosters should be released sometime on Wednesday. Penn State commits Ricky Slade and Justin Shorter have yet to find out what team they'll be on, as well as other Nittany Lion targets such as quarterback Devin Leary, quarterback Justin Fields, wide receiver Solomon Enis, defensive lineman/linebacker Micah Parsons, wide receiver Shaquon Anderson-Butts, and many others.