It was a big weekend for Penn State on the recruiting trail, as they hosted several key recruits on official visits. With the accelerated timeline in college football recruiting, schools are more and more pushing for early official visits, especially as we close in on a dead period. It's all about momentum. James Franklin appears to be doing his best to try and win back some much needed energy in the Lasch Building. Here's what you need to know from over the weekend.
It's key to understand how big of a win it was just to get Morant back on campus. Penn State sprinted to front of the line with Morant's recruitment but as he visited other schools, all that momentum seemed to fall by the wayside. Being that he's been the staff's top safety target, they weren't going down without a fight. This looks to be a B1G battle between Penn State, Ohio State, and Michigan. Given that he doesn't intend to announce a final decision until an all-star game next January, there's plenty of time for Penn State to reestablish themselves atop his recruitment.
Happy Valley pic.twitter.com/oYxFqCM0BZ— Jordan Morant (@jordanmorantt) June 15, 2019
While Morant may be the top safety target, Paige is a close second or third. Like Morant, this appears to be a battle among Big Ten schools as Paige holds crystal balls to Michigan and Ohio State. He's already taken an official visit to Kentucky and has another one lined up at Ohio State.
It goes without saying but offensive line recruiting has suddenly made its way back to the top of the priority list. While listed as a center, Fryar is capable of playing at just about any spot on the offensive line and that kind of versatility is invaluable. That versatility means he has plenty of schools after him, with recent visits to Oregon and Purdue, and scheduled visits lined up to Indiana and Ohio State.
The unstoppable train more commonly referred to as "JaJuan Seider" refuses to slow down. Penn State convinced another four-star running back from Florida to make his way to State College with Holmes' visit. It's unclear where Penn State stands after this visit as it was likely his first time on campus. He's been a regular at the Florida schools and we all know how weird Florida recruitments can get.
It's no secret that the staff's top target at wide receiver is heading to another Big Ten school, but I promise the cupboard isn't bare. Henning is one of the best receiver prospects in the country with a lightning quick 4.46 forty and if he was 6'1 instead of 5'10, he'd be a borderline five-star. Henning has made his rounds for countless visits to countless schools around the country since the calendar year turned to 2019, so the fact that Penn State landed one of his five official visits is a great sign. But with so much widespread interest, it's tough to gauge if this visit was enough to win Henning over.
WE ARE...— AJ H3nning (@AJHenning3) June 17, 2019
Happy Valley is the place to be!Thanks to all the coaches for making this weekend so special! pic.twitter.com/F7iOOG4dyK
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