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Inside How Penn State Football is So Effective on Official Visits

Penn State Football started the June official visit window with a BANG landing three commitments in a span of eight hours on Sunday.

The three new commits were all on campus for the weekend and locked in their spot in the class just hours after leaving campus.

Inside Wild Recruiting Weekend for Penn State Football

The first was 3-star offensive lineman Deryc Plazz from Jacksonville, Fl.

At 6-foot-5, 265-pound Plazz was slated to take official visits to Duke, NC State and Miami, but he clearly was so impressed during his Penn State visit that he shut down his recruitment before taking those other visits.

Plazz is the fifth offensive lineman in this class for the Nittany Lions. Plazz could be a swing guy, so the staff will likely prioritize a true tackle with the last offensive line spot.


The second commit was 3-star defensive tackle Xavier Gilliam from Columbia, Md.

Like Plazz, Gilliam also had three visits scheduled to other schools but decided to commit to the Nittany Lions before taking those trips.

The 6-foot-3, 260-pounder is the first defensive line commit in the 2024 class and the first ever commit for new defensive line coach Deion Barnes.

The last commit was arguably the most notable in 4-star safety Dejuan Lane from Baltimore.

Checking in at 6-foot-3, Lane could eventually grow into a linebacker, but for now he will join Penn State’s young and talented safety room.

Lane’s other offers included Georgia, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame and Oklahoma.

This was another big win for safeties coach Anthony Poindexter.

A Statement by The Penn State Football Staff

Penn State Football’s immediate success from this weekend is quite impressive.

While recruits do make up their mind on a visit, they often will take other scheduled visits to make sure they truly weigh their options.

The fact that James Franklin got not one, not two but three recruits to shut down their recruitments right away says a lot about what this staff is capable of on the recruiting trail.

Penn State now has the No. 6 recruiting class in the nation with 17 commits.


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