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Penn State Football Adds Five Prospects Over Wild Fourth Of July Recruiting Weekend

Update, 5 p.m.: Penn State’s recent recruiting stretch just got even more impressive following four-star running back Nicholas Singleton’s commitment to the Nittany Lions. He’s the No. 3 running back prospect in the nation and already the ninth Pennsylvania native to join Penn State’s Class of 2022.

Original Story: Following a massive Fourth of July weekend, Penn State football now holds the No. 3 recruiting Class of 2022 in the nation while sitting at No. 2 in the Big Ten, according to 247Sports.

The weekend was kicked off Friday afternoon by Lackawanna College offensive lineman JB Nelson. The 6’6″, 310-pound tackle is ranked as the No. 2 junior college prospect in the nation. He picked James Franklin’s program over West Virginia and Ole Miss, among others.

While the Lackawanna connection remained strong for Penn State on Friday, Franklin picked up players from Florida, New York, and Philly over the course of the next few days. Keon Wylie kept the vibes rolling on Saturday by becoming the first linebacker to join the Nittany Lions’ Class of 2022. The three-star Imhotep Institute prospect is ranked as the No. 17 recruit in Pennsylvania.

Sunday’s trio began with Zane Durant. The four-star defensive lineman out of Orlando chose Penn State over Indiana and Miami, among 19 other offers, and is considered a top-50 player in Florida. Just a few hours later, Tyreese Fearbry made his commitment to the Nittany Lions official. The Pittsburgh native was also recruited heavily by Pitt, but 247Sports analysts began to adjust their predictions in Penn State’s favor as his commitment date drew closer.

The run of recruits finally closed out Sunday night with Kaleb Artis‘ commitment. The Fresh Meadows, New York native picked the Nittany Lions over Auburn and Boston College, among 17 other offers. The defensive lineman is ranked as the No. 2 prospect in New York, and already totaled 54 tackles and six sacks through just 11 varsity high school football games.

With the big weekend behind them, the Nittany Lions now join Ohio State and Notre Dame as one of the nation’s top-three 2022 recruiting classes. While Franklin and his staff have yet to lock down any five-stars, they boast nine four-star talents and 17 total players already committed to the class.

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Will Pegler

Will is a senior majoring in digital and print journalism and is an associate editor for Onward State. He is from Darien, Connecticut and is a lifelong Penn State football fan. He loves a good 80's comedy movie, Peaky Blinders, The Office, and the New York Yankees and Giants. You can catch some of his ridiculous sports takes on his Twitter @gritdude and yell at him on his email [email protected]

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