While not totally unexpected, it's still disappointing to miss out on the finalists for the top cornerback in the nation. Tony Grimes released his top-4 on Sunday, and the Nittany Lions didn't appear on the list. North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio State, and Texas A&M made up the four schools. Georgia and North Carolina are considered the leaders, with a vast majority of the 247 Crystal Balls going to those two programs.
This isn't the end of the world for Penn State in secondary recruiting. Grimes was the best corner left on the board, but those that are left are still genuine top targets. With four combined corners and safeties already committed, their isn't a huge amount of room left in Penn State's 2021 class in the secondary.
The attention from here on out will be on the following three- high four-star safety Derrick Davis Jr., fast-rising three-star Donovan McMillon, and the No. 1 JUCO player in the country, De'Jahn Warren. All of them attend school in Pennsylvania, with Warren playing for a Lackawanna program that has been very good to Penn State in recent years. The Nittany Lions are in good position here, so while missing on Grimes is certainly a letdown, the secondary could still shape up to be one the best in the country.