Welcome to the early signing period for the 2022 recruiting class here at Roar Lions Roar. Make sure to check out all of our other coverage today and in the coming days, and make sure to check out each profile of the newest Nittany Lions as they sign their letters of intent. (All photos you see below are courtesy of 247Sports)
Penn State has secured the signature of one of the more dynamic playmakers in the 2022 class.
|Position: Wide receiver|
|Height/Weight: 5'10/172 lbs.|
|High School: Westerville South (Westerville, OH)|
|247Composite Rank: ★★★★(0.9763)|
|Positional Rank: No. 52 Overall, No. 6 Wide receiver, No. 4 in Ohio|
|Commitment Date: July 25, 2020|
Saunders was the first commitment in the 2022 class all the way back in July of 2020. Despite the continued rise of his already high stock, Penn State has managed to hold off pressure from other schools.
The Westerville South product has track speed and has proven himself to be a fluid route runner who can get in and out of breaks quickly. It's that speed and his elusiveness which should also see him excel in the return game for Penn State.
With the expected departure of Jahan Dotson and a few other moving pieces in the wide receiver room, there is a window for Saunders come in and contribute right away. That might not mean starting at wide receiver day one and he will need to add some weight through the Penn State strength program, but his sheer electricity will be tough to keep off the field.
Saunders has all the elements to at the very least step into a return man role for Penn State. Not too dissimilar from Miles Sanders' contributions his freshman year when he was behind Saquon Barkley on the running back depth chart.
He projects as dangerous slot man in the future with the versatility to line up elsewhere out wide.