The middle-to-end of November is often a big time of year for recruiting in that most of the recruiting services reassess their rankings. That has been stifled a bit in 2020 given that several schools were unable to play this fall due to COVID-19. There was enough data, however, that 247Sports still decided to release its new Top247 and update the rankings elsewhere. It resulted in a big boost for several committed Penn State recruits.
Lonnie White Jr., Wide Receiver
White was the biggest riser, going from No. 311 on the 247Sports rankings to No. 71 overall. The boost puts him at a 94 overall and bumps up his 247Sports Composite score to 0.9198 and moving him into the top-200 on that list.
White Jr. is now the 10th-ranked wide receiver in the 2021 class, as well as the No. 8 prospect in Pennsylvania. Thanks to that, Penn State will avoid missing out on the entirety of the top-ten recruits in the state.
White Jr.'s future is still a little uncertain with the MLB Draft still a possibility for the talented athlete, but should he follow through on his commitment, he could be the next great Penn State wide receiver.
Kalen King, Cornerback
King shot up from No. 385 to No. 206, putting him firmly inside the Top247. He also moved to the top-300 overall on the Composite rankings and solidified four-star status, as well as his place among the top-ten Michigan recruits.
Kalen and his twin brother Kobe (high three-star inside linebacker) are set to enroll early at Penn State.
Jamari Budidn, Linebacker
Another piece of Penn State's impressive haul from Michigan this cycle went from No. 302 to No. 207. The move just barely bumped him into four-star range on the Composite at 0.8966 overall, and the No. 314 player in the class. Along with King, he is also among the top-ten recruits in Michigan.
Buddin is seen as the next über-athletic outside linebacker and will join what will continue to be a talent-stacked linebacker room in Happy Valley.
Nate Bruce, Offensive Line
The first player to join the 2021 recruiting class is now a four-star prospect according to 247Sports. His lower rankings on other sites are pulling his Composite score down, but expect him to be reevaluated by those sites when the time comes, potentially moving him to four-star status on the Composite.
Bruce is the No. 13-ranked player in Pennsylvania according to 247Sports and will enroll early.
Khalil Dinkins, Tight End
The newest member of Penn State's class also got a boost, moving to a 90 overall on 247Sports which makes him the No. 12 tight end and No. 12 in Pennsylvania. He still holds three-star distinction on the Composite scale, but like Bruce, that could change when other sites complete their reevaluations.
Overall, Penn State's class now includes six blue-chip prospects according to the Composite rankings, and eight such prospects according to 247Sports' own rankings. The class now sits at No. 24 in the country and No. 6 in the Big Ten, with just 14 commits. For reference, the rest of the top-six includes Ohio State (20 commits), Michigan (21 commits), Wisconsin (20 commits), Nebraska (20 commits), and Iowa (16 commits). Should Penn State finish out strong with this class, it could very well continue to climb in both the conference and national rankings.