Nittany Lions getting faster in secondary

By Philip Cmor

pcmor@altoonamirror.com

Penn State’s defensive backfield recruiting for the class of 2019 has the feel of a sprint now — the Nittany Lions have more good players in the mix than they have scholarships.

With safety JaQuan Brisker on board after a surprise commitment late Thursday and his friend, Tyler Rudolph, set to announce a decision today, Connecticut four-star cornerback Marquis Wilson made sure there was a spot at the inn for him when he went public with a pledge to the Lions early Sunday evening.

“I’ve decided to create a new chapter at Happy Valley,” Wilson wrote in a post on Twitter. “I’m 100% committed and would like to close down my entire recruitment.”

Wilson joins Brisker and State College corner Keaton Ellis as DBs in the now-six-player class. If Rudolph announces for the Lions over Clemson, that probably leaves one spot for either Virginia’s Cam’ron Kelly or Texas’ Lewis Cine, although a couple of other players in the secondary also have Penn State scholarship offers.

The 6-foot, 175-pound Wilson is a consensus top-300 player in this year’s class and considered one of the top 25 corners for 2019. Syracuse, the first school to offer a scholarship, probably was the runner-up for Wilson, but he since had gotten offers from Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, Florida, Michigan, Tennessee and Wisconsin, among others.

Penn State was considered the favorite for Wilson for months, and there even was speculation he might commit on Blue-White Game weekend. However, when he did not pledge, it began to appear more and more that he might get caught in a numbers game.

“Everything just felt right from the first time I went there last summer,” Wilson told Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports.

According to 247Sports, Wilson made an unofficial visit to University Park this weekend.

Wilson made six interceptions last fall for Avon Old Farms.

In addition to Rudolph, the Nittany Lions will be looking to secure a commitment from one of their top targets in the 2019 class today, as Virginia five-star linebacker Brandon Smith announces his choice. Like Rudolph, Smith is expected to pick the Lions.

Penn State is anticipated to bring in around 20 recruits in this class.

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