Top Schools for '22
Two of Penn State's top targets on the board in the 2022 class announced the latest group of schools they'll be focusing on.
Five-star defensive end Enai White, the No. 1 player in Pennsylvania in his class, announced his top-13. The list is made up of Penn State, Ohio State, Clemson, LSU, Alabama, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas, USC, Ole Miss, Florida, Miami, and Oregon. That is quite the whos-who list of college football. White is the top overall target on Penn State's board in 2022 given his talent, the positional need, and his status as an in-state target. White has his eyes set on some of the best programs in the entire country so James Franklin has his work cut out for him to land the Philadelphia star.
Along with White, 2022 four-star safety Cristian Driver (Argyle, TX) announced his top schools. Driver will turn his focus to Penn State, Oregon, Nebraska, Texas A&M, LSU, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Florida, Alabama, Michigan, Texas, and Oklahoma. The list is every bit as impressive as White's. His father, former Green Bay Packer great Donald Driver, has a great relationship with James Franklin going back to their days together within the Green Bay organization (Franklin was the receivers coach during part of Driver's time with the Packers). Penn State is very much in this but Driver will nonetheless be a tough pull out of Texas with some of the biggest programs in the country going after him.
The loss to Maryland was as horrible of a loss as Penn State fans have had to endure in almost half a decade. With that sort of loss comes doubt to the minds of everyone involved and people's focus naturally turned to commits and recruiting targets. Some of Penn State's commits came out following the loss to reaffirm their love for Penn State.
Ive been to Beaver Stadium I know how those fans act when they get to see there Nittany Lions play, one little swing of momentum and its over for the opposing team #WEARE— KEN TALLEY (@KenTalley22) November 9, 2020
We Are. https://t.co/GaPfH3OQUz— Christian Vei11eux (@VeilleuxQB11) November 8, 2020
We Are.— LandonTengwall (@landon_tengwall) November 8, 2020
This sort of loss could snowball into countless repercussions but the outward support of some of Penn State's most important commits is a huge step in mitigating the damage. Landon Tengwall and Christian Veilleux are Penn State's highest-ranked commit and their class' quarterback, respectively, and are naturally very important to the 2021 class. As for the 2022 class, Penn State is trying to make inroads within Philadelphia so having Northeast High star Ken Talley vocalize his continued support of the program is important.