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BREAKING: Penn State football lands four-star defender Dejuan Lane

Penn State football is getting its summer recruiting off on the right foot.



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April 15, 2023. Penn State football coach James Franklin enters Beaver Stadium prior to the annual Blue-White Game. Credit: Grace Carella // Basic Blues Nation.

June starts a busy and important month for Penn State football recruiting. James Franklin and the Nittany Lions kicked off the month by hosting close to 15 prospects in Happy Valley over the weekend. Those official visits are already bearing fruit, as Penn State has earned a commitment from four-star defender Dejuan Lane.

Penn State football lands four-star defender Dejuan Lane

Dejuan Lane is a four-star safety/linebacker in the class of 2024 out of the Gilman School in Baltimore, Maryland. 247Sports rates Lane as the 21st overall safety in the country and the 6th-best prospect in Maryland for the 2024 cycle. The 6-2, 200-pound prospect has such a large frame that outlets such as On3 have Lane listed as a linebacker rather than a safety. 

Penn State has been trending in Lane’s recruitment for the last several weeks. On3 put in a prediction for the Nittany Lions to land Lane before his visit to Happy Valley on the weekend of June 2. Dejuan Lane chose Penn State over North Carolina, Georgia, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma, among others. 

Nittany Lions recruiting is ready to take off this summer

James Franklin and his staff are poised for a massive summer on the recruiting trail. Coming into the weekend, Penn State football had the No. 7 overall class in the country for 2024, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. At the start of the weekend, half of Penn State’s 14 committed prospects were four-stars. Others, like recently committed quarterback Ethan Grunkemeyer, are expected to rise to four-star status before signing day. 

Lane is the third commit from a handful of top prospects on campus this weekend. The Nittany Lions are also set to host top wide receiver prospect Nick Marsh next weekend, who is currently projected to land at Penn State. Overall, all this means that a string of summer commitments could soon be underway for the Nittany Lions.

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