Things have been relatively quiet for Penn State Football on the recruiting front, but there was a bit of news that broke Sunday Night.
The top JUCO cornerback in the country, Sione Laulea, committed to Oregon on Sunday night, choosing the Ducks over the Nittany Lions.
The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Laulea held an offer from Penn State and visited Happy Valley back in July.
Despite the visit, the Nittany Lions were not listed among the finalists in Laulea’s recruitment. With him being from California, it is somewhat understandable that Penn State wouldn’t be in there, but at the same time, Miami made his final group.
While this not a massive blow to Penn State’s 2024 recruiting class by any means, it does put the 2024 cornerback room into focus a bit.
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Johnny Dixon and Daequan Hardy are out of eligibility after this season and junior Kalen King is expected to leave school early for the NFL.
That’s Penn State’s top three corners from 2023 gone in 2024, not ideal.
With Laulea being a JUCO player, he likely would have been thrust into the cornerback rotation in 2024 right away. It will be interesting to see if the Nittany Lions go to the transfer portal to fill depth or ride with youngsters like Cam Miller, Elliot Washington, Zion Tracy and Audavion Collins.
With the way Penn State Football has produced cornerbacks lately, it may not be much of a problem for the Nittany Lions in 2024.