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Meet Interesting New Penn State Football Recruiting Rival

Penn State Football is continuing its pursuit of a top 10 recruiting class in the 2024 cycle as the official visit window moves along.

One team could stand in the way of the Nittany Lions achieving that goal though, and it’s not a team that makes for a common rival for Penn State.

That team is Florida, as the Gators and Nittany Lions seem to have multiple shared top targets.

Inside Penn State Football Recruiting Rivalry

Now, Penn State Football has had recruiting rivals in past cycles, Notre Dame in 2022 is an example of that, but in most cases, it was a program in Penn State’s region.

Penn State does plenty of recruiting in Florida, so maybe this doesn’t shock you too much, but what makes it interesting is that the majority of the recruits these two programs are going head-to-head for live nowhere near the Sunshine State.


Targets Penn State Football is Vying For

One of the most notable is 4-star defensive end Jaylan Harvey from Maryland.

Harvey has been a long-time target of the Nittany Lions, but he left his official visit without committing and then spent this past weekend at Florida.

Staying on the defensive side, both schools are in hot pursuit of 4-star athlete Liam Andrews from Massachusetts. The top 100 recruit took an official to Penn State a couple weeks ago and will now be at Florida this weekend. It looks like it’ll come down to these two for Andrews.

Another highly regarded defensive tackle has his eyes on both schools as 4-star Amaris Williams from North Carolina will officially visit Florida this weekend. He took a trip up to Penn State during the first weekend of June, and the reviews were glowing by the top 100 recruit.


On offense, there’s a little more Florida flavor between the Gators and Nittany Lions as both are targeting a pair of 4-star wide receivers. The first is Jerrae Hawkins, who attends IMG Academy but is originally from West Virginia. He was in Gainesville this past weekend and will visit Happy Valley on June 23. The other is Miami commit Chance Robinson.

Both Penn State and Florida are in position to flip Robinson after hosting him for an official earlier this month.

Penn State Football always seems to have a different recruiting rival every cycle, but this one just seems different considering the amount of talent the two are going after and how drastically different the two programs are in terms of location, conference, identity and so on.


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