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Penn State football trending for priority linebacker target following official visit

The Nittany Lions are trending to land a top-ranked linebacker target in the 2024 class.



Penn State football, Dejaun Lane
Nov 6, 2021; College Park, Maryland, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Curtis Jacobs (23)and teammates enter the field before the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Official visit season is a crucial time for Penn State football recruiting, and head coach James Franklin has shown exceptional skills in executing these visits. Yesterday, the Nittany Lions hosted Dejaun Lane, a four-star linebacker and a priority target for the team this summer. The current indications are positive for Penn State to secure his commitment. It’s also worth noting that some outlets, such as ON3, have Lane as a linebacker, while others list him as a safety.

Penn State football trending for priority linebacker target

Penn State football has earned a renowned reputation as “Linebacker U” due to the program’s impressive track record of developing elite linebackers. Under James Franklin’s leadership alone, Penn State has produced notable NFL talents like Micah Parsons and currently boasts rising stars such as sophomore Abdul Carter.

Yesterday’s official visit marked a significant date for Dejaun Lane, a four-star linebacker highly sought after by Penn State. All signs point to a game-changing weekend in favor of the Nittany Lions.

Dejaun Lane could become a Nittany Lion

According to the ON3 Recruiting Prediction Machine, Penn State is heavily favored to secure Lane’s commitment, with a 92% chance of landing the talented linebacker for their 2024 recruiting class. Furthermore, a recent insider prediction from ON3 also favors Penn State.

In the industry rankings, Dejaun Lane currently holds the No. 304 spot nationally, ranks No. 32 among linebackers in the 2024 recruiting class, and stands at No. 9 among recruits in Maryland. As of now, Penn State has only secured two linebacker commits for the 2024 class, making Lane, one of James Franklin’s top targets, a perfect fit to fill this need. His addition would be a significant boost for Penn State’s already impressive top 10 recruiting class.

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