As we approach the second weekend of June and second week of official visits in 2021, it is arguably the most important weekend of the 2022 cycle for Penn State. The Lions are in on several high-end recruits and a few of their top overall targets will be on campus together, along with a number of other highly ranked players. Here we take a look at the group coming up to Happy Valley.
- Dani Dennis-Sutton, No. 10 DL
Dennis-Sutton is arguably the single biggest priority for the staff in 2022. He has college-ready size, he is supremely talented, and comes at a premier position at defensive end.
- Nicholas Singleton, No. 6 RB
It helps to have one of the best running backs in the country in your own backyard. Things have swung in a very positive way with Singleton as of late, so this official visit could be what puts things over the edge, although Singleton will likely take all of his official visits.
- Keenan Nelson, No. 16 CB
One of the top cornerbacks in the country, Nelson has actually had a relatively quiet recruitment. Penn State sits in a good spot as he came up for an unofficial just last weekend and will follow that up with an official visit. His only other scheduled official is to South Carolina but he's stated that proximity to home is a big factor for him.
- Kaleb Artis, No. 64 DL
Defensive tackle has been a priority for the staff over the past few cycles so they can afford to go lighter at the position in 2022. Artis is likely to remain at the top of the board for some time.
- Jaeden Gould, No. 18 CB
Gould has had some injury history, which has made some schools hesitate in pursuing him, but he has tremendous potential and as long as the staff believes his injuries won't hinder him down the road, they'd take him in a heartbeat.
- Jayden Bellamy, No. 39 CB
Teammate of Gould, Bellamy is a very talented corner in his own right, and landing the two Bergen Catholic stars would be a great scenario for Penn State to further bolster the defensive backfield.
- Ramon Brown, No. 19 RB
Singleton is the top priority at running back but the staff didn't take a back in 2021 and are almost guaranteed to take two in 2022. Brown is likely a top target for that second spot.
- Kevin Winston, No. 53 ATH
Penn State continues to try to find players that can solidify the safety position and Winston would be a step in the right direction.
- Wesley Bissainthe, No. 19 LB
This could be the yearly Seider Special™. As a Florida recruit, it's difficult to understand how legitimate his interest is in Penn State but they've successfully recruited a number of Florida recruits in recent years.
- Joshua Josephs, No. 27 EDGE
A talented player out of Georgia, Josephs' visit will likely be more about evaluation by the staff to confirm measurables and testing numbers.
- Joe Strickland, No. 31 DL
Strickland has been a long-time target of the staff but due to the low numbers being allocated to the interior of the defensive line, Strickland likely isn't quite the priority that Artis is.
- Nicholas Anderson, No. 31 WR
Anderson is another example of the Mike Yurchich Effect. He's built quite the reputation of being a dynamic play-caller and a player like Anderson, who hails from Texas and already has plenty of blue blood Power 5 programs surrounding him, likely only has an interest in Penn State thanks to Yurcich. He could be a great piece to pair with current commits Kaden Saunders, Anthony Ivey, and Mehki Flowers.