Penn State remains in pursuit of priority recruiting targets as the 2019 cycle nears college football’s early signing period. Focus shifts further toward the future this weekend when one of America’s most impressive 2020 prospects returns to Happy Valley.
Julian Fleming, a five-star receiver and the prize of Pennsylvania’s recruiting landscape, told Lions247 he will be back on campus.
“I’m gonna go see a practice, and then whatever else afterward,” Fleming said.
He will be accompanied by family members who’ve become quite familiar with James Franklin and Nittany Lions coaches since PSU extended an offer in June 2017. Fleming, who lives less than 100 miles east of State College, visited Beaver Stadium for PSU’s first four games of the regular season and previously checked in for the Blue-White spring game.
Last Friday, Franklin traveled from Sarasota, Fla. — where he visited in the morning with blue-chip 2019 running back Noah Cain and his family — to Hershey, Pa., where Fleming and Southern Columbia (Catawissa, Pa.) High School faced Wilmington High School in the PIAA Class 2A championship game.
Fleming caught six passes as Southern Columbia won its second straight state title with a 49-14 victory. Attendees also included Ohio State receivers coach Brian Hartline and Virginia Tech receivers coach Holmon Wiggins.
Fleming, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound playmaker, is considered the No. 9 overall talent and top receiver in 247Sports 2020 composite rankings. He claims approximately 30 scholarship offers and remains reluctant to declare a list of top schools, though that announcement is likely to come before the start of the spring official visit window.
Considering his proximity to campus, Fleming hears plenty about Penn State on a daily basis.
“Almost any one that knows me, and not even personally, will walk up to me and always put their two cents in — ‘Go to Penn State. Go to Penn State. Go to Penn State,'” he said.
They’ll likely be waiting a while for his answer. Fleming, who finished his junior season with 78 receptions for 1,526 yards and 22 touchdowns, intends to use all five official visits before announcing a college decision.
Fleming spoke with Lions247 for a significant amount of time Tuesday evening, so expect more coverage as the week progresses.