It's not very usual that one of the staff's biggest recruiting wins in a cycle is simply solidifying an already-committed prospect, but that's exactly the scenario Penn State has found themselves in. Top247 wide receiver commit Kaden Saunders officially closed down his recruitment and will put all of his focus on the Nittany Lions moving forward.
This sort of thing may not register as a big deal to many fans, but this is a tremendous relief to James Franklin and his staff. Saunders kicked off the Penn State 2022 class, which is shaping up to be one of the best under Franklin, as the first overall commit back in July of 2020. Over the past year, Saunders has proven through game film and camp performances to be an incredibly dynamic athlete, so naturally several schools kept the pressure on with hopes of pulling him away from Penn State.
Most notably, Notre Dame and Florida State were heavily involved in the attempts to flip the talented receiver. As Lions' 247's Tyler Donohue reported back in March when the rumors of a possible flip had begun to run rampant, Saunders and his family left that line of communication open with other schools due in part to their own experience with a recruitment gone awry with his older sister when she was being recruited to play softball.
Franklin and his staff managed to ride the wave and came out on the other side having solidified one of the best players and most vocal leaders of their 2022 recruiting class. This is a huge recruiting win, no doubt about it.