In contrast to some weeks during the summer, Penn State football had a busy seven days on the recruiting trail last week. The team got some momentum going after failing to secure a single commitment in the month of May, but that was short-lived after losing a longtime commit to Ohio State.
The Nittany Lions landed a new commitment from three-star offensive lineman Olu Fashanu on Monday. Fashanu is a rising senior at Gonzaga High School in Washington, DC who is listed as a tackle, but he's also featured at guard for high school squad. Gonzaga went 9-3 last season, and an impressive 37-7 victory over Don Bosco Prep (NJ) was among the team's most impressive wins.
After Fashanu's commitment, Penn State hosted an Elite Camp in Happy Valley over the weekend. Liam Clifford -- the younger brother of projected starting quarterback Sean Clifford -- finally received his collegiate offer from the Nittany Lions. Unlike Sean, the younger Clifford is a wide receiver who's picked up offers from Michigan, Pitt, and Tennessee, among others.
Additionally, the team extended a scholarship offer to junior college wideout Norval Black. The Lackawanna College product instantly committed to the Nittany Lions. Unless he changes his mind, Black will join former JuCo teammates Jaquan Brisker and Anthony Whigan in Happy Valley. The 6'1", 158-pounder may need to put on a few pounds, but he impressed last season with 445 yards and five scores on just 15 receptions.
Unfortunately for James Franklin, the week came to a disappointing close when four-star offensive tackle Grant Toutant flipped his commitment to Ohio State. Toutant initially committed to Penn State in November as the team's first recruit in the class of 2020, but he's changed his mind and pledged to play for one of Penn State's direct competitors.