Penn State's recruiting surge continues with addition of four-star athlete Marquis Wilson
In less than 70 hours, Penn State managed to double the size of its 2019 recruiting class.
And more could be coming in the next day.
On Sunday, it was four-star Connecticut athlete Marquis Wilson, who became the sixth member of a class that had been at three just a few days ago.
“I’m truly grateful for all of those who genuinely supported me and to those who underestimated my value and character as a man and an athlete,” Wilson wrote on Twitter on Sunday night. “It has honestly taken a village to raise a man such as myself. All in all, I am extremely blessed for everyone who has touched my life in any way, negatively or positively, in every chapter of my life.
“Turning the page, I have decided to create a new chapter at Happy Valley. I’m 100% committed and would like to close down my entire recruitment."
The 6-foot, 175-pound Wilson could play either side of the ball in college, though most recruiting services project him to end up in the secondary.
Wilson played cornerback and receiver for Avon Old Farms, a boarding school in the Hartford suburbs, as a junior in 2017. Rated the No. 2 player in Connecticut in the 247Sports Composite rankings, he also checks in as the No. 299 overall player in the country.
An official visit to Penn State last month for the Blue-White Game boosted the Nittany Lions’ chances, as Wilson chose them over scholarship offers from Alabama, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech, among others.
Wilson’s pledge continues a run that may not be over. It began late Thursday night when Lackawanna College safety Jaquan Brisker verbally committed to the Lions. That was followed up on Friday afternoon by four-star Virginia running back Devyn Ford , who announced his decision in a ceremony at his high school.
Lions coach James Franklin and his staff are hoping for more good news on Monday, which could end up being the biggest day of this hot streak.
Five-star Virginia linebacker Brandon Smith — rated the No. 2 inside linebacker in the country and the No. 30 overall recruit at any position — is set to announce his choice after 5 p.m. at his high school auditorium.
Roughly an hour later, four-star Connecticut defensive back Tyler Rudolph will do the same from his high school gym.