The high school season is underway for Penn State commits and recruiting targets. Check Land of 10 every Sunday as we spotlight the top performances of potential Nittany Lions.
The final football games of September 2017 took place this weekend. Penn State crushed Indiana 45-14 on Saturday at Beaver Stadium, and Nittany Lions prospects competed on high school fields across America. The season reaches a new phase next weekend as October action commences, but let’s take a moment to look back at some top performances from recent days.
Penn State pledges Will Levis and Daniel George had stellar performances in Friday night victories, further showcasing why James Franklin and an array of Power 5 coaches pursued their respective commitments. Meanwhile, premier offensive targets Devyn Ford and Julian Fleming continue to command respect from college recruiters and opposing defenses.
Here is our latest weekly breakdown of the top Nittany Lions prospect performances you need to know about:
Quarterback Will Levis
- Class: 2018
- High School: Xavier (Middletown, Conn.)
- Size: 6-foot-4, 222 pounds
- 247Sports composite ranking: No. 23 pro-style quarterback; No. 613 overall
- Recruitment status: Committed to Penn State on July 15, 2017
Levis started his senior season hot, tossing 7 touchdowns through the first two weeks. He delivered his most impressive performance so far on Friday night, totaling 6 scores during a 56-3 victory over East Haven, according to Jim Bransfield of The Middletown Press.
This dominant effort featured 347 passing yards, and Levis continues to display improved accuracy during his final prep campaign. He completed 21 of 29 passes, delivering 5 touchdown strikes through the air. His passing touchdowns came from 1, 2, 12, 28 and 72 yards out.
Athleticism is a key reason so many college squads were drawn toward Levis last summer, when offers also arrived from Florida State, Ole Miss and Syracuse. Levis, who traveled to Beaver Stadium on Saturday, brings excellent mobility to the offensive backfield, and he added a 15-yard touchdown run Friday night to help Xavier build an insurmountable early advantage.
Running back Devyn Ford
- Class: 2019
- High School: North Stafford (Stafford, Va.)
- Size: 5-11, 185 pounds
- 247Sports composite ranking: No. 4 running back; No. 45 overall
- Recruitment status: Uncommitted; offers include Clemson, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State and Virginia Tech
Ford continues to build a strong case for consideration as the premier running back prospect among 2019 talents. He logged multiple 200-yard rushing performances during the opening stretch of his junior campaign and produced another memorable game Friday night.
Ford started fast against Stafford, tallying 84 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns in the first half of a 55-14 win, according to John Hollis of The Free Lance-Star. He finished with 117 yards and 5 scores. Penn State tackle commit Nana Asiedu helps open his rushing lanes in the North Stafford trenches.
Receiver Julian Fleming
- Class: 2020
- High School: Southern Columbia (Catawissa, Pa.)
- Size: 6-1, 175 pounds
- 247Sports composite ranking: No. 1 receiver; No. 5 overall
- Recruitment status: Uncommitted; offers include Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Pittsburgh and West Virginia
Fleming has left little doubt of his abilities through the first season and a half of his high school career. Along with starring on the basketball court and on the track, he’s asserted himself as one of America’s most impressive young pass targets.
Among his best traits is the ability to consistently explode for big gains. Fleming showed it again Friday night, turning 2 receptions into 109 yards and a pair of touchdowns, according to Harold Raker of The News-Item. He helped Southern Columbia surge past Milton 75-28.
Through six games, Fleming is averaging 24.5 yards per reception. He has collected 25 catches for 612 yards and 12 touchdowns, according to MaxPreps.
Receiver Daniel George
- Class: 2018
- High School: Oxon Hill (Oxon Hill, Md.)
- Size: 6-2, 201 pounds
- 247Sports composite ranking: No. 43 receiver; No. 213 overall
- Recruitment status: Committed to Penn State on July 16, 2017
George impacts matchups in all three phases of the game for Oxon Hill, performing at a high level as a receiver, defensive back and special teams returner. Though he managed 2 catches for 23 yards Friday night against Fairmont Heights, per MaxPreps, his efforts elsewhere helped ensure a blowout victory.
Oxon Hill defeated Fairmont Heights 47-0, as George intercepted a pass and scored twice on special teams. He took a kickoff 75 yards to the end zone and returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown.
The interception was his fourth of the season. George registered a pick-6 last weekend. He has 23 receptions for 297 yards and 2 scores through five games.
COMMITTED ! pic.twitter.com/jZ8Mbto4ZM
— D George (@11DanielGeorge) July 16, 2017
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