Recruiting update

PENN STATE

Player    Ht.    Wt.     Pos.    Hometown

Damion Barber     6-3    245    DE    Harrisburg, Pa.

Chose PSU over: Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Temple

Assistant coach who opened the door: Brent Pry

FYI: Formed formidable bookend combination with 2018 Lion commit Micah Parsons that led Harrisburg to PIAA Class 5A finals.

D.J. Brown    5-10    165    CB    Fairburn, Ga.

Chose PSU over: UCLA, Wisconsin, Mississippi State, Louisville

Assistant coach who opened the door: Terry Smith

FYI: Selected with fellow recruit Fred Hansard for the 56-player USA Football Under-19 all-star team

Journey Brown    5-11    194    RB    Meadville, Pa.

Chose PSU over: Syracuse, Temple, Duquesne

Assistant coach who opened the door: Charles Huff

FYI: Defending PIAA Class 3A 100-meter champ rushed for 10 TDs and more than 700 yards in one game as a junior

Sean Clifford    6-2    207    QB    Cincinnati, Ohio

Chose PSU over: Michigan State, Louisville, Pitt, Missouri

Assistant coach who opened the door: Ricky Rahne

FYI: Despite an injury that forced him to sit out Under Armour All-American Game, led Saint Xavier to an Ohio Division 1 title with an overtime with over Saint Ignatius in the final

Brelin Faison-Walden    6-1    200    LB    Greensboro, N.C.

Chose PSU over: Virginia Tech, Michigan, North Carolina State, Georgia

Assistant coach who opened the door: Brent Pry

FYI: Preseason all-state pick had nine tackles for loss, five sacks

Brailyn Franklin    6-2    200    LB    Haymarket, Va.

Chose PSU over: Virginia Tech, Maryland, Syracuse, Temple

Assistant coach who opened the door: Brent Pry

FYI: Transplant from Arlington, Texas, made second team Class 6A Virginia as a junior after being forced to play nose tackle due to injuries

K.J. Hamler    5-9    152    CB    Commerce, Mich.

Chose PSU over: Michigan State, Oregon, Iowa State

Assistant coach who opened the door: Tim Banks

FYI: Originally from Allen Robinson’s high school, St. Mary’s, but transferred to IMG Academy in Florida for senior season

Fred Hansard    6-3    314    DT    Princeton, N.J.

Chose PSU over: Florida, Tennessee, Michigan State, Rutgers

Assistant coach who opened the door: Brent Pry

FYI: Latest product of prestigious Hun School program is U.S. Under-19 team member who made 14 tackles for loss in 2016; originally committed to Florida

Mac Hippenhammer    6-0    170    WR    Fort Wayne, Ind.

Chose PSU over: Iowa, Wake Forest, Michigan State, Indiana

Assistant coach who opened the door: Josh Gattis

FYI: Indianapolis Star’s Mr. Football for the wide receiver position accumulated more than 1,000 yards rushing and receiving and averaged 40 yards per kick return

Des Holmes    6-4    320    OT    Springfield, Pa.

Chose PSU over: Maryland, Pitt, Temple

Assistant coach who opened the door: Matt Limegrover

FYI: Made Class 4A all-state after leading a team that went 1-9 in 2015 to a 10-1 finish his senior season

Donovan Johnson    5-10    169    CB    Detroit, Mich.

Chose PSU over: Virginia Tech, Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee

Assistant coach who opened the door: Tim Banks

FYI: Product of perennial power Cass Tech was picked for U.S. Army All-American Game and ran a 4.35-second 40-yard dash at “The Opening”

Robert Martin    6-5    258    OT    Montvale, N.J.

Chose PSU over: Boston College, Rutgers

Assistant coach who opened the door: Matt Limegrover

FYI: Scout.com’s No. 6 guard prospect in the country was second-team all-New Jersey and first-team all-Jersey non-public school all-star

Yetur Matos    6-5    230    DE    Fredericksburg, Va.

Chose PSU over: Clemson, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Virginia

Assistant coach who opened the door: Brent Pry

FYI: Conference’s co-player of the year broke Chancellor High School’s 26-year-old career sack record on his way to making second-team Class 4A all-Virginia

Michael Miranda    6-3    295    G    Stow, Ohio

Chose PSU over: Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia

Assistant coach who opened the door: Matt Limegrover

FYI: Named offensive player of the year in the Suburban League despite not playing at a skill position

Dylan Rivers    6-3    220    LB    Stephens City, Va.

Chose PSU over: Virginia Tech, Clemson, Arizona

Assistant coach who opened the door: Brent Pry

FYI: Winchester Star’s defensive player of the year and a second-team Virginia Class 4A all-state pick as a senior

Cameron Sullivan-Brown    6-1    185    WR    Laurel, Md.

Chose PSU over: Maryland, Duke, Syracuse, West Virginia

Assistant coach who opened the door: Charles Huff

FYI: Had two interceptions and broke up a key fourth-down pass covering Alabama recruit Trevon Diggs as a junior

Jonathan Sutherland    6-0    193    S    Alexandria, Va.

Chose PSU over: Wisconsin, Syracuse, Boston College, Michigan

Assistant coach who opened the door: Tim Banks

FYI: Originally from Ottawa but first-team all-Virginia picked played his prep ball with fellow Canadian and Michigan recruit Luiji Vilain at Episcopal High School.

C.J. Thorpe    6-4    310    G    Pittsburgh, Pa.

Chose PSU over: Michigan, Auburn

Assistant coach who opened the door: Terry Smith

FYI: Son of former Lion Chris Thorpe and cousin of PSU basketball player Geno Thorpe started for power Pittsburgh Central Catholic in two PIAA championship games

Lamont Wade    5-9    190    CB    Clairton, Pa.

Chose PSU over: West Virginia, Pitt, Tennessee, UCLA

Assistant coach who opened the door: Terry Smith

FYI: Under-Armour All-American was a three-time Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 pick and the WPIAL’s all-time co-leader in career touchdowns

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