With the February dead period over, expect action in the 2021 recruiting class to pick up in earnest. Unfortunately for the Nittany Lions, it has begun with a decommitment. Three-star Jacksonville, FL tight end Nick Elksnis has left the Penn State class. He was the second player to commit to the Lions back in July of 2019.
After much thought, prayer, and conversation with my family, I have decided to decommit from Penn State and will be reopening my recruiting. #formygoodbutHISglory @ProImpactJax7v7 @ReturnOfJamez pic.twitter.com/j8w3xwBcZx— Nick Elksnis (@NickElksnis) March 1, 2020
Elksnis was offered by Penn State in April of last year, and followed that up with a Lasch Bash visit in July, including taking part in a camp with the coaching staff. It was just a few days later that he would announce his verbal commitment to the Nittany Lions.
At the time of that announcement, he praised the atmosphere around the program, and the way Penn State had used tight ends in an interview with Lions247.
I came up because I had been talking back and forth with Bowen, and he and I got along well and have similar personalities. I have known the history of how they use tight ends so that was big, but what was huge is the fan base that goes along with the team and also its traditions.
Distance could be a primary factor behind his decision to open up his recruitment. He visited Auburn in late-November, and popped up on campus at hometown Florida just one month ago.
Don't expect Tyler Bowen and the Nittany Lions to miss a beat at the key position, however. Four-star prospects Brock Bowers (Napa, CA) and Moliki Matavao (Henderson, NV) are both showing heavy interest. Both are candidates to visit this spring, and additional names are likely to come to the surface as well.
Penn State's 2021 class now stands at just two members, Ohio wide receiver Liam Clifford, and Harrisburg offensive lineman Nate Bruce.