As the 2020 recruiting cycle comes to a close, the majority of the focus turn to the 2021 class. Penn State has built up a huge amount of momentum with the class as well. With another weekend of several high-priority recruits on campus, that momentum could be built upon even further.
Arguably the top defensive target in the entire class, five-star Virginia cornerback Tony Grimes made his way to Happy Valley once again. Given his location in a hotbed of talent that's incredibly pro-Penn State, and that most elite cornerback prospects grow up or end up in the South, Grimes could be Penn State's best chance in a long time to land a top-flight corner prospect. He'll take plenty of visits, but Penn State is very much in it.
With Penn State defense's focus on the defensive line for its success, Aaron Armitage is a huge priority for the Nittany Lions. The four-star defensive end from New Jersey resides in a state that Penn State has fallen behind, and plays a position that is a huge focus for the Penn State program, so it's safe to say his importance for the class cannot be overstated. He comes out of the same Blair Academy program that sent Jayson Oweh to Happy Valley.
In a theme that has come up in recent months, Penn State is in on another great offensive line prospect. Michigan four-star Rocco Spindler was on campus, and is as nasty as any lineman in the country, a trait that is so sought-after. And clearly fellow lineman recruit Landon Tengwall likes the idea of pairing up with Spindler.
Another key recruit on the offensive side of the ball, four-star Maryland quarterback Christian Veilleux, continues to pop up on campus and be a priority. He's a fairly boom or bust type of prospect, but under the tutelage of someone with as much success developing quarterbacks as new offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca, Veilleux has the tools to be an incredibly special player.
Amazing day yesterday at PSU with Coach Franklin and Coach Ciarrocca!! Hockey game was lit Cant wait to be back in Happy Valley!! #WeAre @coachjfranklin @KirkCiarrocca #TrustTheGrowth @veilleuxmartin #GSQUAD @GridironCamp pic.twitter.com/xtz8HJYSJl— Christian Vei11eux (@VeilleuxQB11) February 2, 2020
Among the other visitors were Michigan four-star outside linebacker Jamari Buddin, Connecticut three-star cornerback Jeffrey Davis Jr., Pennsylvania three-star defensive tackle Dorien Ford, and 2022 Massachusetts five-star defensive end Wilfredo Aybar.