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TWICE AS NICE: Two top WR targets commit to Penn State on Friday night

After not having any WRs in the class at the start of the week, Penn State football now has three of its top targets for 2024 committed, including a pair of commitments on Friday.



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Oct 8, 2016; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver DeAndre Thompkins (3) celebrates with wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton (5) after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Maryland Terrapins at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Maryland 38-14. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

This week might as well be dubbed “the week of the wideout” for Penn State football recruiting. On Friday night, two top WR targets, Josiah Brown and Peter Gonzalez, committed to the Nittany Lions. The pair of commitments come days after Penn State flipped four-star prospect Tyseer Denmark from Oregon.

Two top WR targets commit to Penn State

On Friday, Penn State received commitments from WR prospects that had been trending towards the Nittany Lions since visiting Happy Valley last weekend. Officially listed as an athlete, Josiah Brown is a four-star recruit who is expected to play WR at the college level. Out of Holy Trinity Diocesan High School, Brown is the top player in New York for the 2024 cycle. Brown chose Penn State over Rutgers and Georgia.

In addition, Penn State also landed fast-rising three-star WR Peter Gonzalez on Friday evening. The Pittsburgh prospect, who is the son of former Pitt and Steelers QB Pete Gonzalez, had been trending towards the Nittany Lions even before making the trip up Route 22 to State College last weekend. Penn State beat out Miami, Virginia Tech, and several other regional schools for Gonzalez’s commitment.

Penn State football recruiting: how quickly things change

A little over 48 hours ago, Penn State was without a WR commitment in the class of 2024. Then on Wednesday evening, the Nittany Lions flipped Tyseer Denmark, one of the top recruits in Pennsylvania, from Oregon. Now, the metaphorical dam has burst, and Penn State has added its second and third WRs to the class in two days.

With the commitments of Josiah Brown and Peter Gonzalez, Penn State is now up to 20 players for the class of 2024. Even as several teams across the nation have run off a series of commitments as the July dead period approaches, the Nittany Lions have held firm. The 247 Composite Recruiting Rankings has Penn State with the sixth-best class in the country before Friday’s pair of announcements. With Brown and Gonzalez now in the fold and several more high-level commitments appearing likely, Penn State is poised to make a run at the top five in the national rankings.

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