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Penn State, Michigan State, Michigan all in the mix for No.1 player in MI

The Nittany Lions are still battling for a top-3 tight end in the 2024 class.



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Nov 26, 2022; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions tight end Brenton Strange (86) gestures after making a catch against the Michigan State Spartans during the fourth quarter at Beaver Stadium. Penn State won 35-16. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

College football recruiting can be a tough business for major schools like Penn State football. There is no better example of a gritty recruiting battle than when many of the sport’s top teams — who all reside in the same division — are going at it on the recruiting trail for one of the most sought-after players in the country. Right now, James Franklin and his Nittany Lions are in a gritty recruiting battle with the Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans for a top-3 tight end in the 2024 recruiting cycle.

Penn State and two other Big Ten giants are in the mix for 2024 top-3 tight end

Brady Prieskorn, a top-3 tight end in the 2024 class, is getting a lot of national attention as of late. According to On3’s Recruiting Prediction Machine, the Penn State Nittany Lions, Michigan State Spartans, and Michigan Wolverines are among his most likely destinations when the time comes to commit. Brady Prieskorn is a four-star tight end in the 2024 class, and ranks as the No. 59 player nationally, the No. 3 tight end in his class, and the No. 2 player in Michigan (247) –additionally, On3 has him as the No. 1 player in MI.

While Penn State football is still in the mix for Prieskorn, things are not looking great for the Nittany Lions right now. 247 Sports has two crystal balls for his recruitment — both are for Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines. Still, Penn State football has a bit more time to catch up, and getting him back in State College for a forth visit would not hurt. So far, Michigan (5) and Michigan State (4) lead in visits — Franklin’s Nittany Lions come in third with three visits to this point; most recently, Prieskorn made the trip to Penn State in June of 2022.

On Thursday, the top-3 tight end announced his top-8 remaining schools, and the Penn State Nittany Lions made the cut alone with many other college football giants. The other seven still in the running are the Michigan Wolverines, Michigan State Spartans, Alabama Crimson Tide, the Miami Hurricanes, the Georgia Bulldogs, Ole Miss Rebels, and Tennessee Volunteers.

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