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Newsstand: Penn State receiver makes impact list, On3 surveys top recruits about NIL

Mug-Shot 4x4by:Ryan Snyder06/05/24


Penn State’s June 5 newsstand includes a breakdown from CBSSports reporter Tom Fornelli on the incoming transfers that he believes can make an instant impact in the Big Ten this upcoming season. We also look at a recent survey by On3 asking the nation’s top recruits about NIL.

It’s time to dive into Wednesday’s top tweets and stories about the Nittany Lions and college athletics.

Penn State Tweets of the Day

Penn State added four scholarship transfers via the portal back in December and January, but you won’t find anyone who has garnered the kind of attention that wide receiver Julian Fleming has from fans. The former five-star recruit spurred the Nittany Lions to play for Big Ten rival Ohio State the past few years, but with one year of eligibility left, he’s returned to his home state, hoping to make an impact as Penn State challenges for a playoff spot.

” I went back and forth between Fleming and cornerback A.J. Harris, but following the departure of KeAndre Lambert-Smith, it’s hard not to side with Fleming. Fleming isn’t a No. 1 receiver, but given the lack of proven options Penn State has at the position, it’s safe to say he’ll get plenty of touches in the new-look Penn State offense. Plus, if you’ve seen new offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki’s offenses at Kansas and Buffalo, you know how important it is for the scheme that the receiver can block. Fleming looks like a guy who loves pancaking cornerbacks as much as he does catching touchdowns. He won’t be a 1,000-yard receiver (or maybe he will!), but he’s a perfect fit.”

On3 also had an intriguing survey Tuesday asking the top recruits in the country about NIL. During last week’s On3 Elite Series in Nashville, 36 of the nation’s very best prospects answered questions about NIL financial packages and how they’re handling certain situations. Of those recruits, five of them admitted they had offers over $1 million. The median average was $400,000.

There are plenty of other intriguing data points. Be sure to check out the article below.

Headlines of the Day

Bekkem Kritza returns to Happy Valley; talks development and recruiting targets: Fitz, BWI

Does the Penn State White Out Have to Be at Night?: Wogenrich, SI

Penn State locks in new official visit following Sunday’s Elite Prospect Camp: Snyder, BWI

Stuart Mandel’s college football preseason Top 25: Mandel, The Athletic

Drew Allar lands in distinct group in comprehensive ESPN QB rankings: Bauer, BWI

Quote of the Day

“I feel like Coach Barnes believes and connects with the guys in his room,” Works said. “Personally, I think that’s why he is producing the players he is because he is able to connect with them.”

– Four-star DE Cedric Works recaps Penn State official visit

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