For the Future (08.28.19): Nittany Lions Make Two Top Lists

By Matthew Filipovits on August 28, 2019 at 9:00 am
Five-star tight end prospect Darnell Washington
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We're coming up on the end of the NCAA Dead Period. That, and with the first game right around the corner, things should finally start heating up on the recruiting trail. Let's get you up to speed on what's happened in the last month.

Lions finalist for two top prospects

Penn State has made the cut for massive 2020 tight end Darnell Washington. At over 6'7, Washington is the No. 12 player in his class and is listed as the No. 1 athlete, but all inclinations have him playing tight end at the next level. He needs to bulk up a bit more to fill out his massive frame, but he's undoubtedly an instant impact player.

The Nittany Lions have made the cut for four-star defensive Elliot Donald. Hailing from Pittsburgh Central Catholic, Donald is the No. 5 player in the state of Pennsylvania and the No. 85 player overall in the class of 2021. The Pitt Panthers may have an edge over the Nittany Lions, as Panther legend and current Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald is Elliot's uncle. Still, James Franklin and Sean Spencer have to like where they sit for one of Pennsylvania's best in 2021.

New offer

Alabama defensive end Khurtiss Perry tweeted that he received a Penn State offer a few weeks ago. The No. 2 defensive end in the class of 2022 according to 247Sports, Perry has superstar potential. He could be a top-10 prospect by the time it's all said done. With Alabama being home state, the Tide are naturally the favorites to land him so this one feels like a longshot for the Nittany Lions.

Lions land a four-star running back

In case you missed it, the Nittany Lions landed yet another four-star back out of Florida in Keyvone Lee. Lee is the No. 17 running back in the 2020 class and already checks in at 6'0/220 pounds. If the Nittany Lions can get him on campus as an early enrollee, they'll be adding a freight train to the position room.

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