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Penn State football has the interest of a top-5 Ohio recruit

Penn State football is reportedly garnering strong interest from a top-5 recruit in Ohio.



Penn State football recruiting, Marquise Davis, Ohio recruit
Nov 23, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Journey Brown (4) tackled by Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Chase Young (2) during the third quarter at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

The Ohio State Buckeyes, Penn State Nittany Lions, and Michigan Wolverines are currently engaged in a fierce recruiting battle. One highly sought-after prospect caught between Penn State football and Ohio State is Marquise Davis, a four-star athlete from Cleveland, OH, and a top-5 prospect in Ohio. Recent reports suggest that the 2025 four-star recruit has a strong interest in Penn State, although Ohio State currently holds a slight advantage.

Penn State football recruiting still garnering attention from top 5 Ohio recruit

Marquise Davis is a prominent four-star recruit in the 2025 recruiting class, drawing attention from several major regional and national powerhouse teams. Recent reports and rumors indicate that Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Penn State are the top three schools in contention for his commitment. While he has visited all three campuses, his focus seems to be on the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions.

According to the Recruiting Prediction Machine, Penn State football recruiting ranks as one of the top two teams vying for Davis’s commitment, currently trailing just behind Ohio State. Notre Dame has also expressed interest, but they are currently lagging significantly behind.

Ratings, rankings, and more for Penn State’s Ohio target

Marquise Davis is a highly regarded four-star athlete in the 2025 recruiting class, ranking among the top-5 recruits in Ohio. The ON3 rankings place Davis at No. 107 in the nation, No. 12 among athletes in his class, and No. 4 in the state of Ohio.

These rankings are impressive, to say the least. Davis himself has expressed admiration for Penn State’s track record in producing talented running backs and the inviting campus atmosphere. While Penn State football may not be leading at the moment, there is still a chance they can sway his decision.

Penn State football recruiting is entering a crucial period: the official visit season. While the 2025 class is still a bit further out than the 2024 class, James Franklin and the Nittany Lions could still make a strong impression on Davis throughout the summer — if they do, Penn State has a great chance of maintaining their current top-3 status. The class may be young, but the Nittany Lions are already setting themselves up for future success within the Big Ten and beyond.

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Chris, a Penn State University student, founded Basic Blues Nation in 2022. He remains a co-owner of the website today. Throughout a six-year writing career, Chris has been a beat writer, a staff writer, an Editor-In Chief, and more, serving as a member of the credentialed media for a number of Big Ten schools. He has covered everything from non-revenue sports to CFP National Championship matchups, as well as some professional and high school sports.


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