The 2019 recruiting cycle will reach a fever pitch in the coming months, and Penn State finds themselves in the mix for a few top 150-ranked recruits as the July live period nears. Three-star sharpshooter Joe Girard has long been targeted by the Nittany Lions coaching staff, and that persistence has paid off so far. Girard released his final six schools on Saturday, with the reigning NIT champions alongside some elite company:
Girard is a composite three-star recruit but his list of schools tells you all you need to know about the demand for the Glens Falls guard. Penn State has recruited him as long as any of his final six, but there are other factors at play. Michigan's John Beilein coached Girard's father at LeMoyne College in the early 90s; Syracuse is the local power; and Duke is Duke. Penn State has its own success story to pitch, though - Talor Battle is an Albany City Rocks alum and is involved with the basketball community in Girard's area.
Penn State has three scholarships available for the class of 2019. Patrick Kelly, who recently transferred to IMG Academy for his final year of prep basketball, claims one of the three spots. The Nittany Lions also hosted 2019 Roman Catholic wing Seth Lundy this weekend along with some top underclassmen per Corey Evans: