For the Future (3.23.21): Drew Allar and Kaden Saunders Link Up and More Visits!

By Michael Stanley on March 23, 2021 at 8:35 am
Four-star cornerback Julian Humphrey
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DREW Allar and KADEN Saunders Hit the Field

Two of Penn State's top commits in the 2022 class, quarterback Drew Allar and wide receiver Kaden Saunders, got in some work together over the weekend at the Bo Jackson Elite Sports complex in Columbus, Ohio.

It's possible that one day we'll being seeing this connection on the regular. But for right now, it's never too early to begin to build that rapport and relationship. With both planning to enroll early as well, this is setting the stage for years of fireworks in the Blue and White.

Clemon's Top 10

One of the most sought-after and athletically gifted receivers in the 2022 class, four-star Darrius Clemons, included Penn State in his top-10 along with Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, Auburn, Arizona, Stanford, Northwestern, Michigan, and USC. With four-stars Kaden Saunders and Anthony Ivey already in the fold for the Nittany Lions, plus athlete Mekhi Flowers, they have the luxury to keep their focus on their top remaining targets. Clemons is arguably the top remaining receiver on the board.

"Hosting Visitors"

Even though the recruiting dead period continues and recruits can't have in-person contact with any coaches, they can still make the most of the opportunities they have available to them. Offensive tackle Jacob Allen made his way to campus over the weekend for a self-guided tour of the campus, while cornerback Julian Humphrey was hosted by the coaches for a virtual visit. Both prospects are a high priority for the staff, and will likely be targeted to try and get on campus for official visits. Humphrey in particular would benefit from an official, as the Texas native can't make it to campus nearly as easily as Allen (New Jersey).

DEAD PERIOD COMING TO AN END?

We have crossed the one-year mark of the Covid-19 caused recruiting dead period. However, and end may be in sight. According to numerous reports last week, the NCAA Oversight Committee is expected to recommend lifting the dead period when it comes to an end on May 31. While the details are yet to be announced, an end to the dead period would at the very least allow schools to host prospects on official and unofficial visits, and restore face-to-face meetings between coaches and players. 

For a program such as Penn State that relies heavily on the on-campus aspect of recruiting, that would indeed be welcome news, especially as the staff begins to plan for June visits in anticipation of the news.

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