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Four-star Penn State football target decommits from Georgia Tech

A four-star Penn State football recruiting target decommitted from his former ACC home this morning. PSU is currently a frontrunner per the RPM.



Four-star, Penn State football recruiting, Duke Watson
Jan 1, 2022; Tampa, FL, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Keyvone Lee (24) rushes with the ball during the first half against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the 2022 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Today, saw some extra good news for Penn State football recruiting. Four-star running back Duke Watson, who was a major target for the Nittany Lions, announced that he has de-committed from Georgia Tech, and will be re-opening his recruitment. According to the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine, Penn State has the best odds to land Watson; now, the Nittany Lions are back in pursuit of one of their top 2024 recruiting targets.

Four-star Penn State football target Duke Watson de-commits from Georgia Tech, is back on the market for the Nittany Lions

This morning, Duke Watson officially announced his de-commitment from Georgia Tech. This is disappointing news for the Yellow Jackets but a fantastic development for Penn State football, as they are currently considered the frontrunners in his newly reopened recruitment.

Duke Watson is a highly sought-after four-star running back from Mary Persons High School in Georgia, and he is a prime target for James Franklin’s recruiting efforts. Penn State has been actively pursuing recruits from Georgia, and securing Watson’s commitment would be a significant step forward for the Nittany Lions.

According to both the On3 Industry Rankings and the 247 Sports composite rankings, Duke Watson is a four-star running back. He is currently ranked as the 31st best running back in the 2024 class and is among the top 50 recruits in the state of Georgia.

The On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine (RPM) indicates that Penn State football recruiting has a nearly 60% chance of landing this highly coveted four-star running back. If the Nittany Lions succeed, it would mark their third commitment from a four-star running back in the 2024 recruiting cycle. It’s worth noting that Quinton Martin is listed as an “athlete,” which suggests he may be more adaptable in case of positional changes.

It’s also worth noting that the RPM favored Penn State back in March as well, and while it may not mean a commitment is coming, it definitely indicates some mutual interest between the two, which is always a good early sign.

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Chris Mangum is currently a Penn State student and serves as a writer and editor covering Big Ten athletics. He has served as a beat writer, online reporter, print reporter, and more over the past few years of his career. He currently serves as the managing editor for Basic Blues Nation and others.


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