Mylachi Williams, an edge rusher who plays at Monsignor Bonner in Drexel Hill, Pa., committed to Penn State on Saturday night. Here’s what you need to know:
- Williams is a four-star prospect ranked No. 330 overall and No. 7 in Pennsylvania in the Class of 2024 in the 247Sports Composite.
- His other finalists included Notre Dame, Syracuse, Texas A&M and Pitt. He took an official visit to Penn State in June and also brought officials to Syracuse and Pitt.
- Penn State currently has 22 commitments in its 2024 class. Eight of the prospects are from Pennsylvania.
- Williams is just the third defensive lineman in the class, along with Xavier Gilliam and De’Andre Cook.
What about the D-line?
Williams’ pledge helped soften the blow from what has been a poor run with the defensive linemen so far this cycle. How Penn State goes about moving around this class is important, and should include a few more D-linemen. We’re well into the stretch of the summer where commitments will soon wind down as teams — both college and high school — turn their attention to the upcoming season. Players who don’t commit soon will likely wait until after their senior seasons. It’s clear that Penn State’s recruiting work along the D-line is far from over, making this an important storyline to watch over the next five months.
In years when the state has plenty of talent, Penn State should take advantage of landing as many Pennsylvania prospects as possible. So far so good. Of the top 10 players in the state, according to the 247Sports Composite, half are committed to Penn State, including the top two and three of the top five. The other five were committed to Notre Dame, Wisconsin (two), Alabama and Cincinnati. Williams is the top-ranked edge rusher in the state.
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