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Penn State football recruiting: Lions named a finalist for 4-star defender in 2024 class

Penn State football is a finalist for another major four-star target.



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Sep 7, 2019; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin shakes the hand of a fan prior to the game against the Buffalo Bulls at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

The 2024 Penn State football recruiting class has been gaining momentum and garnering attention as it continues to grow, positioning itself among the nation’s top classes. Currently ranked at an impressive No. 7 according to the composite rankings, the Nittany Lions’ class is proving to be a force to be reckoned with. Their recent recognition as a finalist for Amaris Williams, a highly sought-after four-star defensive lineman hailing from North Carolina, further adds to their recruitment success.

Penn State football recruiting named a finalist for four-star D-Line prospect

Amaris Williams is undoubtedly one of the country’s most promising recruits, as he holds a coveted spot within the top 100 rankings according to 247 Sports. Specifically, Williams stands at an impressive No. 88 overall, showcasing his exceptional talent and potential.

In addition, he holds the remarkable positions of No. 15 among defensive linemen and No. 2 among recruits in North Carolina. Given Penn State’s need for size, particularly along the defensive line, the potential acquisition of Williams would be a significant triumph for Head Coach James Franklin and his coaching staff.

With an imposing stature of 6-foot-3 and weighing over 260 pounds, Amaris Williams possesses the physical attributes that make him a standout player in his position. Yesterday, Williams revealed his five finalists, and it comes as no surprise that Penn State football made the cut.

Standing alongside the Nittany Lions are four other highly esteemed programs: the Tennessee Volunteers, Georgia Bulldogs, NC State Wolfpack, and Florida Gators. Notably, Penn State remains the sole Big Ten team among his finalists, which may work to their advantage as the recruitment process progresses.

As the 2024 Penn State football recruiting class continues to gain traction and solidify its standing among the nation’s elite, the inclusion of Amaris Williams as a finalist exemplifies the program’s commitment to securing top-tier talent.

With their sights set on addressing their needs along the defensive line, the Nittany Lions have positioned themselves favorably in the pursuit of Williams. As fans eagerly await his decision, the potential addition of such a highly regarded recruit would undoubtedly bolster the team’s aspirations and elevate the program to new heights.

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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.