For the Future (04.05.19): Lions Make Morant's Top 10, AJ Parks Sets A Commitment Date, and More!

By Matthew Filipovits on April 5, 2019 at 9:05 am
Penn State target Jordan Morant

Morant's top 10

Jordan Morant, a four-star safety from Maryland, has the Nittany Lions in his top 10 schools. They're joined by USC, Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Notre Dame, LSU, Miami, Michigan, and Texas A&M in one of the greatest recruit graphics I have ever seen. 

I mean, just look at this image. Two tigers, a Collie, and a giant hurricane gusting in the background. It will be hard for a recruit or graphics department to ever top this. 

The Nittany Lions were one of the first major teams to offer Morant last winter before his offer list truly became a who's who of college football earlier this year. Penn State is currently the favorite to land his services according to the 247Sports Crystal Ball, but Michigan could quickly change that. This offseason the Wolverines added Anthony Campanile, the brother of Morant's high school coach, to their staff as a defensive assistant.

Parks sets a decision day

Four-star offensive tackle AJ Parks will announce his collegiate destination in just under a month, on Wednesday, May 2. The Maryland native was on campus a handful of times last summer and into the season and more recently had an in-home visit with Matt Limegrover and Terry Smith.

While we should never read too much into tweets like, Parks implying that his decision to going to "shock the world" doesn't bode well for the Nittany Lions. They've long been looked at as the favorite for the No. 19 tackle in the 2020 class, but a late push by UNC Fighting Mack Browns Tar Heels may have put them in the driver's seat.

Trayanum's Visit

Four-star running back DeaMonte Trayanum came to town for a mid-week visit. The Ohio native has been on the staff's radar for some time, visiting on consecutive weekends last April, with the second visit coming on Blue-White weekend. 


The Nittany Lions have extended an offer to three-star wide receiver Reginald Johnson Jr. Penn State is one of the first northern teams to offer the Louisiana native. He is currently the No. 84 receiver in his class but easily qualifies as a top-ten name.

Staying in the bayou, Penn State has offered three-star Mississippi running back Trey Benson. From about two and a half hours east of Starkville, all signs point to the No. 60 running back in the 2020 class joining Joe Moorhead's Bulldogs.

2021 wide receiver Gavin Blackwell tweeted out that he had picked up a Penn State offer earlier this week. He does not yet have a 247Sports composite grade but the site's own rating system has him as the No. 5 wide receiver in his class.

Texas native Jalin Conyers scored a Penn State offer earlier this week as well. With the pipeline to Florida already open, the next place for the staff to start creating a footprint could be the Lone-Star State. Landing Conyers would be a great start.

James Franklin and Co. have offered 2021 cornerback Kalen King (Detroit). King also holds offers from Big Ten foes Indiana and Michigan. 

Penn State returns to IMG Academy to offer four-star defensive tackle Warren Brinson. Originally from Georgia, Brinson is the No. 30 defensive tackle in the 2020 class.

2021 defensive end Naquon Brown (Virginia Beach) added a Penn State offer to his growing list this week. Brown's offer sheet has become littered with local programs since the start of the year, most notably with Virginia and Virginia Tech extending offers.

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