Penn State Nittany Lions trending for two four-star defenders

On3 imageby:Drew Schott06/03/23


Penn State football head coach James Franklin is set for his 10th season with the Nittany Lions. (Daniel Althouse/BWI)

Penn State‘s 2024 recruiting class is currently No. 12 in the 2024 On3 Industry Team Recruiting Rankings and No. 3 in the Big Ten. Two more talented prospects may be joining the Nittany Lions.

According to the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine, Penn State has commanding leads for Irvington (N.J.) four-star safety Vaboue Toure (84.3%) and Baltimore (Md.) Gilman four-star linebacker Dejuan Lane (92.0%). Ryan Snyder of BlueWhiteIllustrated recently placed an expert prediction for Lane — who is currently on an official visit to State College — to choose head coach James Franklin and his staff.

“It’s no secret that Lane, who plays at Gilman, is one of Penn State’s top targets at the safety position,” Snyder wrote. “Earning an offer just over a year ago in May 2022, Lane brings a combination of size – 6-foot-2, 200 pounds – and athleticism that’s not easy to find…

“Coming into this weekend, it’s believed that Penn State is the only official visit that Lane has set. That, in addition to positive feedback from sources, is why I’m logging a pick for Penn State in On3’s Recruiting Prediction Machine Friday evening. Lane is expected to be on campus through Sunday. It’s unclear if he’ll make a commitment while in State College this weekend, but we feel confident that Penn State is the team to beat.”

For more Penn State recruiting intel, check out BlueWhiteIllustrated.

Landing Lane and Toure would mark big wins for Penn State

Lane is the No. 304 overall prospect and No. 32 linebacker in the 2024 cycle, according to the On3 Industry Ranking, a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He is also the No. 9 player in Maryland.

Five schools were announced as Lane’s finalists on April 29. They are Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Notre Dame and Penn State.

Meanwhile, Toure is the No. 255 overall prospect and No. 22 safety in the 2024 cycle, according to the On3 Industry Ranking. He is also the No. 3 player in New Jersey.

On3 rates Toure higher than other recruiting services, according to the Industry Comparison. Per the 2024 On300, he is the No. 133 overall prospect and No. 9 safety in the country.

The 6-foot-0.5, 188-pound recruit currently has three official visits set. They will be to Penn State on June 9, Kentucky on June 13 and Oklahoma on June 16.

At the moment, Penn State’s 2024 class is led by Belle Vernon (Penn.) four-star athlete Quinton Martin, the No. 41 overall prospect in the country and the No. 1 player in Pennsylvania. The Nittany Lions have four other top-250 pledges in Jacksonville (Fla.) Mandarin cornerback Jon Mitchell, Waukesha (Wis.) Catholic Memorial interior offensive lineman Donovan Harbour, Erie (Penn.) McDowell interior offensive lineman Cooper Cousins and Waukesha (Wis.) Catholic Memorial four-star running back Corey Smith.