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Recruiting Quick Hitters From Penn State-Illinois

Updates on several of the key recruits who were on hand to see the Nittany Lions crush the Illini.

Some quick hitters on recruits who visited Penn State for the Nittany Lions’ weekend win over Illinois.

Class of 2016

• Four-star cornerback Damar Hamlin by all accounts had a good visit to Happy Valley. As Scout.com’s Brian Dohn reported on our TAP forum, this visit helped PSU’s chances with the Pittsburg (Pa.) Central Catholic standout. Hamlin's top four includes Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Pitt, which appears to be leading for his services.

The 6-foot-1, 182-pound cornerback's recruitment is far from over, with visits likely happening in December and January.

• Three-star athlete Khaleke Hudson’s name has floated around for months on if he is a take or not. That still remains to be seen, but the McKeesport (Pa.) High senior is still receiving interest from the Penn State staff, with UCLA, Pitt and others showing interest as well.

“The visit was good,” Hudson said.

Class of 2017

Mars (Pa.) High legacy recruit Max Chizmar visited Penn State again. The 6-1, 218-pound inside linebacker is patiently waiting an offer from PSU.

“It really went well,” Chizmar said. “I was able to spend time with Coach (Brent) Pry and Coach (Terry) Smith. The two coaches told me Penn State is definitely interested in me. “

Chizmar is not sure if he’ll visit Penn State again this season, since his high school team is in the playoffs.

• Gilman (Md.) High junior quarterback Kasim Hill is a 6-2, 192-pounder who is a key target to be a second passer in State’s Class of 2017.

“The visit went well,” he said. “I spoke to Coach (James) Franklin and Coach (Ricky) Rahne on the trip. They were really excited for me to be up there.”

Hill is not sure anyone is sticking out in his recruitment, but Penn State is in a good position for quarterback.

Class of 2018

Camp Hill (Pa.) High sophomore tight end Zack Kuntz is well aware of what PSU football is all about. Kuntz has a connection to PSU. One older brother (Christian) is a former Nittany Lion and another (Brandon) currently is a student at Penn State.

Zack Kuntz is a 6-7, 215-pounder who holds an offer from the Nittany Lions.

“It was good visit,” Kuntz said. “I spoke to the coaching staff, but it was more how I was doing than talk about football.

“I still have a lot of schools to look at,” added. “I’m just going to take my time. My brothers are trying to sway me, but they understand it is my decision.”

As always, head to our TAP forum for more detailed recruiting updates.


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