Penn State hosted some of the best high school football talent in the country over the weekend at the annual Lasch Bash on Saturday, and for the final high school camp of the summer on Sunday. The Lions landed one verbal commitment on the weekend, as three-star wide receiver Emery Simmons flipped his pledge from North Carolina to Penn State. As is typically the case with these events, expect a few more commitments to come down the road from players that made the trip to Happy Valley.
Croots showing love
One of the top defensive backs in the midwest in the 2020 class, Makari Paige, made his way east from Michigan for this year's event. Paige, a four-star teammate of 2019 Penn State commit Lance Dixon, is the 10th ranked safety in the country and has offers from nine Big Ten teams.
Also coming in from Michigan was four-star athlete Enzo Jennings. He was on campus for Penn State's junior day back in February, and picked up his Penn State offer in early May. Jennings is a top-100 prospect in 2020 and the second ranked player in Michigan.
One of the younger players to attend this year's event, Dont'e Thornton tweeted out a video of him a Penn State uniform. The 2021 wide receiver prospect received an offer from the Nittany Lions after attending a camp back in June. He could be one of the top prospects in the region in the coming years.
With DeMatha Catholic alums Mark Allen and Shane Simmons already on the roster, the Nittany Lions got another prospect from the Maryland juggernaut to make drive up to State College. Four-star defensive end Coziah Izzard returned to campus for the third time this summer, having already claimed a Penn State offer in June.
Three-star defensive tackle Jared Harrison-Hunte tweeted a picture of himself with a few members of Penn State's staff over the weekend. The No. 2 player in New York for the 2019 class, Harrison-Hunte has been a Penn State lean since he was offered a scholarship back in March. His Twitter picture also shows that he can dunk, which is impressive for anyone, let alone a 285-pound lineman.
With two offensive linemen already signed on for the 2019 class, the Nittany Lions are working to round out the unit for the next recruiting class. Three-star offensive tackle Walter Rouse is exactly the type of high-upside tackle James Franklin loves.
Few prospects have spent as much time around the program this summer as four-star wide receiver Jaden Dottin. The Massachusetts native received a Nittany Lion offer after attending a camp in late June, before returning to campus this weekend for another camp and Lasch Bash.
Its SPECIAL out here in Happy Valley! Cant wait to be back #WeAre— Jaden Dottin (@jadendottin) July 29, 2018
The top ranked player in New York is another defensive lineman with huge upside, and strong ties to Penn State. Four-star end Adisa Isaac has spent plenty of time in Happy Valley, and was a surprise visitor on Saturday after not planning to make the trip earlier in the week.
— Adisa Isaac1 (@A1Isaac1) July 28, 2018
Two tight ends get offers
It's been pretty clear that Penn State is hoping to add a tight end to its 2019 class if the right player came along. Three-star prospect Brenton Strange earned an offer this weekend while attending Sunday's camp. He is the 25th ranked tight end in the country and the third ranked player in West Virginia.
2019 tight end Theo Johnson picked up a Penn State offer after attending a camp this weekend. A native of Ontario, Canada, Johnson could add to an impressive list of Canadian-Penn State football players that includes current players Daniel Joseph, Jonathan Sutherland, and Jesse Luketa.
Blessed to receive my 10th division 1 offer from Penn State University pic.twitter.com/ZAMCaVal1l— Theo (@Theo_Johnson85) July 29, 2018
Cain gives his top six
Four-star running back Noah Cain put Penn State in his top six schools this weekend. Originally from Texas, Cain currently plays for IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
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