Penn State in Top 5 of four-star Florida defensive lineman

Penn State is looking to continue adding to their already strong class of 2024. There are currently 22 players committed to the program and the class is ranked sixth nationally by 247Sports.

There are still uncommitted players that Penn State has high on their boards. James Franklin and his staff are continuing to push hard on prospects who are announcing their commitments in the summer months.

One of these players is Florida defensive lineman T.A. Cunningham. He has been a high priority of Penn State and first year defensive line coach Deion Barnes.

Cunningham is a 6’6″ 285 pound defensive lineman who is rated as a four-star prospect by the four major recruiting services. Penn State has been heavily recruiting him since 2021 when they first offered a scholarship.

On Friday, Cunningham cut his list of schools down to his top five. As expected, the Nittany Lions were included on his list. The other four schools who made it are Miami, Michigan, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.

On3’s industry rankings have Cunningham listed as the 28th best defensive lineman in the class and the 36th overall player in the state of Florida.

When discussing his decision to put Penn State in his top five, he told On3’s Hayes Fawcett, “Penn State is definitely the place to become a great football player but also a better man. Coach Franklin and coach Barnes believe in me in a special type of way.”

Penn State is the only school that Cunningham has taken an official visit to during his recruitment. Whether that’s good enough for the Nittany Lions to land him is to be seen.

On3’s Recruiting Prediction Machine has Miami as the big favorites to land the four-star with a 74.8% chance. Penn State sits in fourth with a 2.3% chance. However, those odds have not been updated since he cut his list of schools to five.

There are currently three defensive lineman committed to the Penn State in the class of 2024.

Cunningham will announce his decision on July 22nd.

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Story originally appeared on Nittany Lions Wire