The Penn State football team wrapped up its 2009 football recruiting class Wednesday afternoon with the signing of Wilmington, Del., wide receiver Justin Brown. Brown picked the Nittany Lions over Rutgers.
Wednesday is the first day recruits can sign binding letters of intent with colleges. Nearly all major Division I players sign on signing day.
Brown is considered a major signing for the Lions. He is 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, runs a 4.45 in the 40-yard dash and made the Delaware all-state team at three positions. Scout.com ranks Brown as the ninth-best receiving prospect in the nation.
He is looked upon as someone that could make an early impact, especially with Penn State losing its top three receivers to graduation.
Earlier in the day, All-American linebacker Jelani Jenkins disappointed Penn State fans when he signed with Florida over the Lions. Penn State was considered the early leader for Jenkins, but Florida apparently surpassed the Lions in the last few weeks.
It also looks like Everett, Mass., defensive back Jim Noel has decided to stick with his verbal commitment and sign with Boston College, although there were Internet reports midway through the day that Penn State might still have a chance. Noel visited Penn State over the weekend.
For more, please read Thursday's edition of the Altoona Mirror.