With the end of an NCAA dead recruiting period comes one of the Nittany Lions' biggest recruiting events of the year, the Lasch Bash.
Traditionally, the Lasch Bash is a huge event for rising high school juniors and sophomores. Current commits like Enzo Jennings, Dont'e Thornton, and Coziah Izzard all attended the event last year, so the main purpose of the weekend will be building relationships with some younger guys.
However, there is still room to impress some 2020 prospects. Four-star tight end Theo Johnson will be making the trip to State College for his second straight Lasch Bash. He received his Penn State offer at the event last year. The top player in Canada, Johnson put the Nittany Lions in his top seven schools earlier this year. He's one of the staff's top targets remaining in the class, and one of the biggest risers in the updated 247Sports Top247.
He also announced he'll be attending the Under Armour All-American Game.
Current offensive line commit RJ Adams will be making the trip up from Virginia for the event. After the slew of decommitments the Nittany Lions had this summer, any chance to sure up a relationship is a good thing, especially for a high-ceiling player like Adams who has shown up at a few other schools this summer. It's also great to have current commits there to do a little recruiting among the players themselves.
Penn State this weekend— Rj Adams (@exclusivejaayy) July 25, 2019
Speaking of current commits, Cozziah Izzard will also be making the trip up from Maryland with many other current members oft he class.
Lasch bash today! #WeAre— Coziah Izzard (@Co_Izzard) July 27, 2019
Four-star 2021 Virginia DE Tyleik Williams will be making the trip up for the weekend festivities. The big lineman figures to be one of the top players in the state for the 2021 cycle, already holding offers from the likes of Florida, Michigan, and Penn State.
Penn State tm— Tyleik Williams (@dawggty) July 26, 2019
Harrirsburg native Nate Bruce has yet to earn a Penn State offer, but is a player to watch in the 2021 class. As coaches are able to focus more on this season's high school juniors in just a few weeks.
Happy valley im here— Nathanial Bruce (@nathanial_152) July 27, 2019
FINAL SUMMER CAMP
With the brief break in the dead period, Penn State is also hosting their final camp of the year, which means a new offers have gone out to a pair of stand out performers.
2022 rankings are not out quite yet, but Middleton, DE quarterback Braden Davis figures to be one of the headliners of the group. Already holding offers from the likes of Alabama and Texas A&M, the rising sophomore from Chris Godwin's high school alma mater earned one from the Nittany Lions as well with an impressive performance on Friday.
Connecticut was good to Penn State in 2019 with Tyler Rudolph and Marquis Wilson both freshmen on this year's roster. Three-star 2021 DE Kechaun Bennett out of Suffield could be joining them in a couple of years after earning an offer at Friday's camp. Michigan, Syracuse, Boston College, and Tennessee have already offered .
We'll have a full recap of the all the news the weekend will inevitably bring on Monday.