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Penn State started its 2017 season in grand fashion, putting together a complete performance in a 52-0 victory over Akron. The Nittany Lions rolled with a roster that appears primed to compete for another Big Ten championship.
Meanwhile, potential future Penn State players also shined on high school fields across the country. Nittany Lions coach James Franklin even found the time to catch some prep action Friday night before returning to State College, and it proved well worth the trip.
Here is a rundown of three standouts from this weekend of action, including two Penn State commits and priority target.
TE Zack Kuntz
High School: Camp Hill (Pa.)
Size: 6-foot-7, 221 pounds
247Sports composite ranking: No. 4 tight end; No. 100 overall
Recruitment status: Committed to Penn State on Nov. 26, 2016
Zack Kuntz didn’t catch a pass in Camp Hill’s season opener, but he sure made up for that initial lack of production Friday night, while James Franklin watched the action. The longtime Nittany Lions commit caught 9 passes for 209 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 21-14 victory over Lancaster Catholic, according to Lancaster Online.
Kuntz presents a matchup nightmare at the high school level, as his combination of height and agility is largely unmatched across America. Aside from his pair of scores, he delivered a 42-yard catch-and-run on fourth down to set up Camp Hill’s go-ahead score as the first half came to a close.
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Kuntz drew rave reviews from Ronny Torres, The Opening’s player personnel director for tight ends, following his performance at an April 30 camp at New York Jets facilities.
“Zack is a smooth route runner and pass catcher, so I see him being the guy utilized in the passing game a lot,” Torres said. “He also has the ability to spread out wide sometimes, or line up in the slot.”
Kuntz could be counted on immediately as Penn State aims to replace preseason All-American tight end Mike Gesicki, a senior who scored twice in the season-opening win over Akron. Kuntz intends to enroll early, arriving on campus in January.
CB Jordan Miner
High School: Wiregrass Ranch (Zephyrhills, Fla.)
Size: 6-1, 183 pounds
247Sports composite ranking: No. 31 cornerback; No. 326 overall
Recruitment status: Committed to Penn State on July 6
Jordan Miner is a standout prep player in all three phases. He’s shown the ability to do damage downfield as a receiver and on special teams as a highly productive kick returner.
However, it was his rushing ability that commanded a spotlight Friday night. The 4-star cornerback erupted for a 56-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, making the ultimate difference during late stages of a 14-7 win over Wesley Chapel, according to Spectrum Sports.
Here is a look at the momentum-shifting sprint.
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Miner, who committed to Penn State over schools such as Florida, North Carolina, Oregon and Tennessee, finished the game with 68 yards on 4 rushing attempts. He added a 2-point conversion run and 2 receptions for 12 yards.
Defensively, Miner again showcased his balance at cornerback, collecting 4 tackles and an interception. Miner has picked off a pass in each of Wiregrass Ranch’s first two games.
RB Devyn Ford
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
Devyn Ford looks practically unstoppable through the first two games of his junior season. He followed a 222-yard, 4-score performance in the opener with another dominant effort Thursday night.
Ford rushed for 153 yards and 3 touchdowns during a 45-6 victory over Briar Woods, according to Joey LoMonaco of the Free Lance-Star. He punched in a pair of short-yardage scores, while adding another from 53 yards out.
Among his 7 touchdowns through two contests, 4 feature sprints of more than 30 yards.
Penn State 2018 tackle commit Nana Asiedu also warrants a tip of the cap for Ford’s success. He helps pave running paths in the North Stafford trenches.
This tandem visited Penn State’s spring game together April 23. Asiedu pledged to the program that day and could help the Nittany Lions reel in another big-time Virginia running back.
Watch highlights from his latest game here:
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