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Penn State football recruiting: Nittany Lions' upcoming weekend crucial

Over a dozen recruits will visit State College this weekend, including big names like Christian Hackenberg, and several who have not yet committed to Penn State, like Zayd Issah.

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Penn State will host a bevy of recruits in State College this weekend, including some major targets who have not yet decided on a college destination.

Ten players who have committed to the Nittany Lions, including four-star recruits quarterback Christian Hackenberg, tight end Adam Breneman, defensive end Garrett Sickels, and offensive lineman Brendan Mahon will be visiting. But more interesting are the players who could commit, such as three-star linebacker Zayd Issah. Issah had initially picked Penn State, but decommitted in the wake of sanctions placed on the program in relation to the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Virginia Tech, Michigan State, and Miami have also offered Issah.

Also visiting are wide receiver Daesean Hamilton, cornerback Deondre Singleton, and linebacker Jonathan Walton. From a recruiting standpoint, its helpful that so many already-committed players will be there to sway the minds of those still in the decision-making process.

NCAA sanctions prevent Penn State from giving more than 15 scholarships per year, down from 25 for most programs. Bill O'Brien have already gotten 13 commitments in their Class of 2013.

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