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Penn State Football Loses Marquee Recruiting Battle to Georgia

Penn State Football can’t win them all on the recruiting trail.

Wednesday, during the early National Signing Day for the 2023 cycle, Miami Gulliver Prep four-star cornerback Daniel Harris announced he committed to Georgia, choosing the Bulldogs over the Nittany Lions. 

Penn State Football never stopped recruiting Harris, even after he committed to Georgia in July, so when he re-opened his recruitment on November 14, the Nittany Lions’ coaching staff was prepared to close the deal. Unfortunately for James Franklin and staff, Harris ultimately rejoined Georgia’s class.

Losing out on Harris certainly hurts Penn State Football’s standing in the 2023 class, and he would have been an elite addition, however, this is still a star-studded incoming group of freshmen.

The Nittany Lions’ class includes 4-star Elliot Washington, 4-star King Mack, and 4-star Conrad Hussey. The Nittany Lions have devoted a ton of time into the Sunshine State in recent years, and their valiant efforts have payed off in a big way this go around. 

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These are the types of recruitments Penn State Football needs to continue win in order to take the next step as a program. Ohio State and Michigan were also in hot pursuit of Daniel Harris. However, this particular recruitment did not go Franklin and the Lions’ way.

Harris (6’2”, 175lbs) is tabbed as the country’s No. 43 prospect and No. 6 cornerback, according to the On300. His size and speed combination remind a lot of scouts in the industry of current Nittany Lion CB Joey Porter Jr.