Penn State recruiting: New targets react to offers; WR John Dunmore likes Nittany Lions

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New Penn State targets in 2019 class react to offers

Penn State continues to expand its nationwide recruiting target board for the 2019 cycle. This week, scholarship offers went to defensive tackle Jared Harrison-Hunte and cornerback John Dixon.

Land of 10 caught up with both to discuss their initial reaction to the Nittany Lions’ interest.

Harrison-Hunte, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound prospect who attends Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.), picked up a Penn State offer Monday while on campus. Texas A&M also entered his recruitment Monday, joining schools such as Boston College, LSU, Ole Miss, Rutgers and Syracuse.

He traveled to Happy Valley alongside teammates, exploring program facilities during the first day of spring practice. The experience included an encounter with former Nittany Lions star Saquon Barkley, who attended Penn State’s pro day on Tuesday.

Harrison-Hunte, who will travel to Boston College this weekend, looked back fondly at the moment James Franklin extended an offer.

“[When] he presented me the offer I was about to cry. I don’t know why but I felt emotional that day,” Harrison-Hunte said.

Though he is gathering information on each of his college options and hasn’t yet determined any official visit plans, it’s clear Penn State instantly becomes a compelling contender in this recruitment. Harrison-Hunte has enjoyed success at tight end during his high school career but Nittany Lions coaches are focused on his potential in the defensive trenches.

“Penn State right now sees me on the defensive line and I don’t mind that. I like inflicting pain,” he said.

Harrison-Hunte had a chance to meet with several members of the Penn State staff during his visit. He explained an exchange with Franklin especially stood out.

“He said some interesting things that made say, ‘wow’,” Harrison-Hunte said.

Dixon, a 6-foot, 170-pound junior at Chamberlain (Tampa, Fla.) High School, received his Penn State offer Tuesday during a phone conversation with Nittany Lions defensive recruiting coordinator/cornerbacks coach Terry Smith.

“I was excited because I wasn’t expecting it,” he said.

Considered a 4-star talent and the No. 25 cornerback in 247Sports’ 2019 composite rankings, Dixon claims nearly 20 Power-5 opportunities. His offer sheet features Florida, Georgia, Miami, Ohio State and South Carolina.

Penn State plucked a pair of defensive prospects out of the Tampa area last recruiting cycle. The Nittany Lions signed lineman Judge Culpepper and cornerback Jordan Miner, who swiftly tweeted a reaction to Dixon’s offer.

“Me and Jordan have known each other for a while so, yeah, he’s talking to me about Penn State a lot right now,” Dixon said.

He plans to visit State College this summer. Dixon described himself as “a physical press corner” and shared several collegiate staffs consider him an “athlete” on their respective 2019 recruiting boards.

Watch his 2017 season highlights here:

WR John Dunmore says new Lions coach ‘like my big brother’

John Dunmore is among more than a dozen Florida prospects who received a Penn State offer this winter following the arrival of assistant coach Ja’Juan Sieder, a Florida native who spent last season with the Florida Gators staff. A 4-star prospect and the No. 22 receiver in 2019 composite rankings, Dunmore carries 30-plus offers.

Despite a lack of personal familiarity with Penn State, he intends to include the program in an upcoming list of top options. He shared this outlook last weekend during a discussion with Bud Elliott of SB Nation.

Elliott reported Dunmore will trim things down to 10 schools soon, and Penn State is among a select few “locks” to be included.

Seider is a key part of the equation, as he previously pursued the 6-2, 172-pound playmaker on behalf of both Florida and West Virginia. Dunmore committed to the Gators last April but backed off that verbal pledge on Jan. 22, three days before Seider was formally introduced as Nittany Lions running backs coach.

“Coach Seider is like my big brother, I know he has my back,” Dunmore told Elliott.

A return trip to Gainesville is set for Friday, according to SEC Country’s Zach Abolverdi. First-year Florida coach Dan Mullen would love to bring Dunmore back on board, but an in-state rival will be tough to top, for the Gators, Nittany Lions and any other team.

“Florida State, they’re always going to be up there. That’s my dream school,” Dunmore told Abolverdi. “That’s not only my dream school, that’s my family’s dream school. So for me to have the chance to go there and have my family, that’s a lot.”

Other notable Nittany Lions targets at receiver in the 2019 class include David Bell (Indianapolis), Marcus Washington (St. Louis) and John Metchie (Ontario, Canada). Watch Dunmore’s camp and game highlights here:

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