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Penn State is battling with Pitt, Ohio State for No. 1 player in Pennsylvania

The Nittany Lions are trying to edge out OSU to Pitt for the top player in the state.



No. 1 player in Pennsylvania
Oct 1, 2016; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin leads his team onto the field prior to the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

STATE COLLEGE, PA — Thus far in Penn State’s 2024 recruiting class, James Franklin’s Nittany Lions have landed four total recruits, all of which are four-star players. As of late, the battle for Quinton Martin has been getting hotter as the bulk of recruiting season (spring/summer) draws near — so far, four schools stand out for the No. 1 player in Pennsylvania: Penn State, Pitt, Ohio State, and West Virginia. According to a major recruiting outlet, the Nittany Lions have the best chance to land Martin’s commitment.

Penn State, Pitt, Ohio State all battling for the No. 1 player in Pennsylvania

According to the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine, the Penn State Nittany Lions, Pitt Panthers, and Ohio State Buckeyes are all in the top-3 for Quinton Martin’s commitment. Martin is a 2024 four-star athlete, and is ranked as the No. 33 player in his class, the No. 2 athlete in the nation, and the No. 1 player in Pennsylvania for the 2024 recruiting cycle.

The Recruiting Prediction Machine loves Penn State football when it comes to Martin’s recruitment — the Nittany Lions currently lead with a 45.4% chance to land Martin all said and done. Behind Penn State is Pitt (per usual), who has a 17.3% chance of landing Martin. Ohio State comes in 3rd place right now with a 10.1% chance, followed by Penn State’s 2023 Week 1 opponent, WVU, who has a 4.1% chance.

Martin has no recorded visits on On3 so far; however, his two primary recruiters at Penn State are Manny Diaz (defensive coordinator) and Terry Smith (defensive backs coach), so it appears that the Penn State Nittany Lions are looking to recruit Martin as a defensive prospect. Martin is a 6-2, 200-pound athlete from Belle Vernon High School around two hours southwest of State College — being able to add him to the 2024 class would be a massive bonus to James Franklin’s recruiting efforts in the state and nationally.

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