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.”
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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.
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.
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.