Lions land four-star prospects

James Franklin has yet to win a game at Penn State, but he is making good at assembling a potential juggernaut for down the road.

Showing that the Nittany Lions’ spring recruiting tear isn’t any kind of flash in the plan, Penn State on Tuesday received verbal commitments from two of its mostly highly regarded recruits yet, Baldwin offensive tackle Sterling Jenkins and New Jersey quarterback Brandon Wimbush.

Both are consensus four-star prospects. The 6-foot-8, 312-pound Jenkins is ranked as the top prospect in Pennsylvania, giving the Lions the No. 1 prospect from three different states. Wimbush (6-2, 205) is considered one of the top five dual-threat quarterbacks in the Class of 2015 and one of the top three rising seniors in New Jersey.

Their commitments bring Penn State’s total to 15 in this class. The Lions are expected to eventually sign between 20 and 23.

Both Jenkins and Wimbush had Ohio State among their finalists and both also received scholarship offers from Alabama recently.

Wimbush, who had Miami, Virginia Tech and Boston College as his other finalists, was second-team all-New Jersey in 2013 when he combined for 2,050 yards and 21 touchdowns passing and rushing and led St. Peter’s Prep to the NJSIAA Non-public Group 4 finals.

“Just with the energy they have now around the program, I feel they’re going to dominate the Big Ten,” Wimbush said on his live announcement on “I’ve been up there about three times, and I’ve gotten a great vibe about the program and the people around the program.”

While still a developing prospect, Jenkins is considered to have exceptional raw tools to protect Wimbush’s blind side down the road. His decision had been anticipated for a couple of months, as he made several trips to Penn State in the last few months, the latest coming with his family on Monday.

“I have put a lot of thought into this, and it’s been Penn State for awhile,” Jenkins told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I didn’t want to make a spur-of-the-moment type thing during or after a good visit. I wanted it to be a long-lasting feeling. I wanted to make sure that months afterward, Penn State was still on my mind.

“It was really important getting my family on board, too. Really, I have been on board but was just giving it more time. I wanted to see if this really was the real thing nor not. Getting my parents up there and seeing campus made me realize it was time for me to commit.”