Penn State's recruiting success under James Franklin has been fueled by the atmosphere of State College, particularly on gameday. With the dead period coming to an end on June 1, the staff came out of the gates running with a slew of top recruits making the trip to Penn State.
While a vast majority of the visitors were unofficials or on campus for camps, the staff did host three official visitors in five-star athlete Keon Sabb, four-star running back Kaytron Allen, and four-star offensive tackle Ryan Brubaker. All three are big-time players and the staff likely has a bit of work to be done to land any of the trio, but the visits surely moved things in the right direction. Sabb and Allen both play at IMG Academy in Florida, which is notoriously difficult to recruit as every blue blood program in the country has a foot in the door there. Current Penn State commit Drew Shelton attends the school, so the Nittany Lions do have a man on the inside. Brubaker, on the other hand, is a Penn State legacy and in-state recruit that has stated his desire to explore all of his options and isn't afraid to carve his own path separate from his father.
There was also an equally impressive list of unofficial visitors this weekend. Here are some of the key recruits that popped up on campus on their own dime.
- Four-star wide receiver Kaden Saunders, committed
- Four-star defensive end Ken Talley, committed
- Four-star quarterback Drew Allar, committed
- Three-star JUCO safety Tyrece Mills, committed
- Four-star cornerback, Keenan Nelson Jr.
- Three-star cornerback Raleigh Collins
- Five-star offensive lineman Alex Birchmeier
- Four-star wide receiver Christian Hamilton
- Four-star linebacker Semaj Bridgeman
- Four-star safety/linebacker Ta'Mere Robinson
- Four-star offensive guard Antonio Tripp
- Three-star defensive lineman Eric Gardner
Incredibly grateful for the OV with @PennStateFball this past weekend, thank you to all the amazing coaches and staff members who made it happen! There arent enough characters to name you all! @coachjfranklin @CoachTrautFB @Coach_Yurcich @CoachTHowle @WendyLaurent55 @Destiny_Rod pic.twitter.com/A6LVocmXIf— Ryan Brubaker (@RyanBrubaker78) June 7, 2021
Nittany blue Do I start 2023 off right? pic.twitter.com/WFlLJAuS58— Antonio Tripp Jr (@AntTripp71) June 5, 2021