July recruiting success continues for Penn State football program

DONNIE COLLINS
The (Scranton) Times-Tribune (TNS)
Penn State head coach James Franklin during their NCAA football practice, Saturday, April 17, 2021, in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

They don't play any games in July, of course. But this sure has been a month full of big wins for Penn State.

The offseason of promise continued Monday afternoon for the Nittany Lions, when four-star cornerback prospect Cam Miller verbally committed to the program. The 6-foot-0, 180-pound Miller is ranked as the No. 153 prospect in the nation and No. 22 cornerback by 247Sports, and he had offers from top programs like Virginia Tech, Miami (Fla.) and Notre Dame.

He's also not alone.

Miller became the 10th player to commit to head coach James Franklin's 2022 recruiting class, which both 247Sports and Rivals.com rank as the second-best in the nation, behind only Ohio State. Of those 10, seven are ranked by at least one of the recruiting services as a four-star prospect, and one — Maryland defensive end Dani Dennis-Sutton — has a five-star rating from Rivals.

In a run that started with Lackawanna College offensive lineman J.B. Nelson committing July 2, the Nittany Lions have landed:

►Dennis-Sutton, the top-rated defensive end in the nation by Rivals and the No. 11 overall prospect, regardless of position, in the class.

►Three standouts from Florida: Miller, four-star defensive end Zane Durant of Orlando and Bradenton running back Kaytron Allen, who Rivals rates as the No. 6 running back in the nation.

►Arguably an even better running back prospect than Allen: Nicholas Singleton, the Governor Mifflin High School star who had offers from Alabama and Ohio State and is rated as the fifth-best running back prospect in the nation by 247.

►Two of the better defensive line prospects from their traditional recruiting footprint: A four-star defensive end from Pittsburgh, Tyreese Fearbry, and 6-foot-4, 290-pound defensive tackle Kaleb Artis, a Queens native who is also a four-star prospect.

►In addition to Miller, another solid defensive back prospect from the South: Louisiana's Jordan Allen. Before Allen and Miller committed, defensive back had been a weaker area in the class, with only Lackawanna safety Tyrece Mills on board.

Miller's commitment tightened Penn State's grip on the No. 2 spot in both sets of rankings, and he gives Penn State a player with the size to shift to safety but the ball skills and quickness to start off as a cornerback next fall.

"A big-time corner who's going to lock it down," Miller said, describing his game after his announcement on CBS Sports HQ.

And, he may not be the last big prospect to commit to Penn State this month. Four-star athlete Cristian Driver, the son of former Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver, is slated to announce his college decision Thursday, and Penn State is seen as the favorite.