Though there is still plenty of work to be done when it comes to the 2021 recruiting class that hasn't stopped Penn State from also looking ahead. Already ranked No. 3 nationally in the 2022 cycle, the Lions are looking to add to what is already shaping up to be a very impressive group. One of their key targets, defensive end Ken Talley, could just be the next domino to fall.
TOP 3 SEPT 8TH COMMITT DAY pic.twitter.com/HnSc63r67P— KEN TALLEY (@KenTalley22) September 2, 2020
Talley is currently ranked as the No. 165 player in his class, regardless of position, and the No. 11 weak-side defensive end. Penn State, Arizona State, and Tennessee comprise the top-three schools for the Pennsylvania standout who will announce his decision on September 8.
Talley represents an important target for Penn State for multiple reasons. Firstly, while the 2021 class still has yet to be filled out, it includes just one defensive end commit to this point (Rodney McGraw). While the Lions have plenty of defensive end talent currently on the roster, that is a position that tends to require more depth than most given rotations and how often talented edge rushers depart early for the NFL.
Secondly, Talley would represent the first commitment for Penn State from a Philadelphia High School since Shaka Toney (Imhotep Institute) back in the 2016 class. There are many factors that have contributed to that time gap, but the fact remains that pulling a major talent from one of the major cities in your state is never a bad thing.
Should Talley choose Penn State, he would become the fourth blue-chip prospect in the class, and first on the defensive side of the ball. Four-star wide receiver Kaden Saunders,as well as four-star tight ends Jerry Cross and Holden Staes make up the remainder of the class to this point.
Make sure to check back with Roar Lions Roar on Tuesday for the results of Talley's announcement.