The Nittany Lions will have an opportunity to land another top-60 player to the 2019 class. Four-star safety Nick Cross confirmed he will take an official visit to Penn State this upcoming weekend.
Happy Valley this weekend pic.twitter.com/gTSuV4N1dd— Nick Cross (@Nick_Cross26) January 27, 2019
A Florida State commit, Cross has long been high on the staff's priority list but James Franklin has been pushing much harder to get him to flip over the past few weeks. Safeties coach Tim Banks and cornerbacks coach Terry Smith paid him a visit earlier this month.
The Maryland native attends DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, MD, which produced current Penn State defensive end Shane Simmons and former running back Mark Allen. Oddly enough, 247Sports lists former Penn State safety and fellow Maryland product Adrian Amos as his player comparison.
According to the 247Sports Composite, Cross is the 55th ranked prospect in the country, the fourth-ranked safety in his class, and the top player in Maryland.
Cross would be a prime green light candidate if he were to flip to the Nittany Lions. Safety has quickly become one of Penn State's thinnest positions after losing starting safety Nick Scott to graduation, Ayron Monroe to a graduate transfer, and Lamont Wade potentially on his way out after entering his name in the NCAA Transfer Portal.
The second National Signing Day will be held on Wednesday, February 6.
Update: Lamont Wade has since withdrawn his name from the NCAA Transfer Portal and will return to Penn State for the 2019 season.