For second time in two weeks, Ohio State wins football recruiting battle vs. Penn State

(Allentown) Morning Call (TNS)
Penn State has lost a couple of recent recruiting battles against Ohio State.

Offensive lineman Grant Toutant, the first player to commit to Penn State’s 2020 recruiting class, said Sunday that he will attend Ohio State instead.

Toutant announced his decision via Twitter.

Toutant, a four-star prospect according to, kicked off Penn State’s 2020 recruiting season by committing before the 2018 regular-season finale against Maryland. The process didn’t end, however, as Toutant continued to receive offers, including one from Ohio State earlier this year. 

Toutant, from Warren, Michigan, ultimately accepted the Buckeyes’ offer by writing:

“In life, as in football, you learn, grow, and change from experiences and opportunities, which impacts the outcome of the game,” the statement read. “With that said, I would like to thank coach (James) Franklin, (Penn State offensive line) coach (Matt) Limegrover, coach (Penn State grad assistant Mark) Dupuis, and all the Penn State staff for supporting and first believing in me throughout this recruitment process.”

In his Twitter announcement, Toutant also said: "Please respect my decision, no interviews."

Toutant’s decision marks another recent Ohio State recruiting victory over Penn State. Late last month, Pennsylvania receiver Julian Fleming announced his commitment to the Buckeyes. Fleming is rated the No. 1 wideout in the nation and the No. 1 recruit in Pennsylvania.

With Toutant’s departure, Penn State’s 2020 class now has five offensive linemen. Among them is Parkland High’s Nick Dawkins, who promised to help recruit more players to Penn State.

According to, Toutant is rated as the No. 324 overall player and No. 27 tackle in the class. Penn State’s 2020 recruiting class is ranked No. 15 in the nation, according to and is No. 2 in the Big Ten, behind Ohio State.

Penn State has 11 players committed to the 2020 class. Five are four-star prospects, according to


Lackawanna College receiver commits: Before Toutant’s announcement, Penn State picked up a commitment from a junior college wide receiver.

Norval Black, who attends Lackawanna College in Scranton, committed to Penn State at Sunday’s camp after receiving an offer. Black was listed as 6-1, 158 pounds on Lackawanna’s 2018 roster. He made 15 catches last season, five of which went for touchdowns, and averaged 29.7 yards per reception.

Black, from Germantown, Maryland, continued a recent run of Lackawanna players committing to Penn State. The Lions have two on the 2019 roster: safety Jaquan Brisker and offensive lineman Anthony Whigan. Brisker will compete for a starting spot this fall.

Clifford to Clifford? Remember when Doug Flutie threw passes to brother Darren for Boston College in 1984? Penn State could field something similar in a few years.

At its Elite Showcase on Sunday, Penn State made an offer to Liam Clifford, brother of quarterback Sean Clifford. Liam, a 2021 prospect, just completed his sophomore season at St. Xavier High in Cincinnati. On Sunday, he posted a photo of himself with brother Sean and Penn State coach James Franklin after receiving the offer.

Liam Clifford is a still-growing 6-1, 190-pound receiver who has six offers, according to His brother Sean, a redshirt sophomore, potentially has three years to start at quarterback for Penn State.

That means the two could play for the same offense in 2021.