For the Future (2.16.21): Kaden Saunders Shines, Joe Strickland Visits Campus, and More

By Michael Stanley on February 16, 2021 at 9:25 am
Four-star defensive end Joe Strickland

Singleton an all american

One of Penn State's top overall targets, Pennsylvania running back Nicholas Singleton, was honored with an invitation to the All American Bowl.

The talented back out of Reading, PA continues to show interest in Penn State and is arguably their top target at the position, though they'll almost certainly take two backs in the 2022 class. He's also shown strong interest in Ohio State. 

Strickland Visits Happy Valley

Joe Strickland, a four-star defensive end out, made the trek from Indianapolis to State College. Strickland is a priority target for James Franklin in 2022.

While the impact of an on-campus visit is limited without contact with the coaching staff, it's still a tremendous sign of where the Nittany Lions stand in Strickland's recruitment that he and his family were willing to foot the bill of a trip just to see the campus in person. He doesn't appear to be near a decision but the Lions are in a good spot.

Duffy's Top 4

Despite the commitment from four-star signal caller Beau Pribula, Penn State continues to recruit quarterbacks. One of those targets is new IMG quarterback AJ Duffy. He recently released his top-four schools, including the Nittany Lions.

While Duffy left off the Arizona State Sun Devils, it's unclear whether he's actually eliminated the leaders in his 247 Crystal Ball.

Nick Evers Virtual Visit

Nick Evers, a three-star quarterback prospect out of Flower Mound, TX has also shot up the Lions' quarterback 2022 board since the arrival of Yurcich. He joined Yurcich and Franklin for a virtual visit on Monday. 

saunders Shows Out

Penn State continues to show they were right in making Kaden Saunders a priority while other schools slow played him. At the Best of the Midwest Combine this past weekend, Saunders put on quite the display, running an absurd 4.31 hand-timed 40-yard dash time, while also shining as a receiver and defensive back in drills.

One of the most talented receivers in the country, Saunders is a tremendous piece for new offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich to take advantage of in his high-flying offense. Saunders has stated he's still hearing from other schools such as Notre Dame, Florida State, and Oregon. As he continues to go out and dominate at camps and put up superb testing numbers, the interest from other schools will only increase. James Franklin will have to fight to keep the talented receiver as part of their future plans.

Kaden's dad, Anthony, shared some insight into the process as well.