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    WR    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

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

PITTSBURGH

Player    Ht.    Wt.     Pos.    Hometown

Deslin Alexandre    6-5    230    DE    Deerfield Beach, Fla.

Chose Pitt over: North Carolina State, Syracuse, Rutgers, Temple

FYI: Early enrollee has originally committed to N.C. State.

Cameron Bright    6-1    210    LB    Montgomery, Ala.

Chose Pitt over: Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio)

FYI: Ohio transplant made 131 tackles and had 16.5 sacks as a senior.

Dontavius Butler    6-2    195    WR    Plantation, Fla.

Chose Pitt over: North Carolina State, Temple, Toledo, Bowling Green

FYI: Three-star prospect out of powerful American Heritage program, which won third state title in four years.

Grant Carrigan    6-7    247    TE    Gibsonia, Pa.

Chose Pitt over: Kent State, Wake Forest

FYI: Son of former Panther basketball player spent previous two years at high schools in Nevada, West Virginia.

Kamonte Carter    6-4    305    DT    Gaithersburg, Md.

Chose Pitt over: Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska, Kentucky

FYI: Kickoff off Penn State team in spring of 2016, landed at East Mississippi Community College.

Kirk Christodoulou    6-1    210    P    Melbourne, Australia

Chose Pitt over: Only offer — committed during U.S. tour

FYI: Product of novel Prokick Australia program that teaches athletes from that continent to kick footballs.

Jerry Drake Jr.    6-6    310    OT    Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Chose Pitt over: Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee

FYI: Son of six-year veteran of Arizona Cardinals also had offers from Alabama and Florida State.

Owen Drexel    6-2    280    C    Montclair, N.J.

Chose Pitt over: Rutgers, Boston College, Air Force

FYI: Selected to play in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl in Texas.

Paris Ford    6-1    180    S    Homestead, Pa.

Chose Pitt over: Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State

FYI: Top prospect on Steel Valley team which took PIAA Class 2A title by winning every game of the season via the mercy rule.

Gabe Houy    6-6    250    OT    Pittsburgh, Pa.

Chose Pitt over: Maryland, Cincinnati, Wake Forest

FYI: Comes out of same Upper St. Clair program that produced Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowler Sean Lee.

Damarria Mathis    5-11    178    CB    Lakeland, Fla.

Chose Pitt over: South Carolina, Minnesota, Cincinnati

FYI: High school has won six state titles and produced NFL’s Maurkice and Maurice Pouncey, as well as Major League Baseball star Boog Powell.

Kyle Nunn    6-3    196    S    Findlay, Ohio

Chose Pitt over: Indiana, Iowa State, Northwestern

FYI: Second-team Division I all-Ohio pick recently scored 30 points in a basketball game.

Kenny Pickett    6-3    200    QB    Oakhurst, N.J.

Chose Pitt over: Boston College, Temple, Iowa

FYI: Former Temple commit passed for more than 1,700 yards as a junior and will join graduate transfer Max Browne in Panthers’ QB room.

Jason Pinnock    6-1    190    CB    Windsor, Conn.

Chose Pitt over: Boston College, UConn, Purdue, Notre Dame

FYI: Hartford Courant defensive player of the year was responsible for coming up with 10 turnovers in 2016.

Charles Reeves    6-5    230    TE    Steubenville, Ohio

Chose Pitt over: Kentucky, Syracuse, Michigan State

FYI: First-team Division IV all-Ohio pick is considered top tight end prospect in that state, also excels in basketball.

Tyler Sear    6-5    250    TE    New Castle, Pa.

Chose Pitt over: Temple, Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron

FYI: PA Sports Writers Class 2A all-state selection

Todd Sibley    5-9    214    RB    Akron, Ohio

Chose Pitt over: Ohio State, Indiana, Missouri

FYI: Former Buckeye commit scored touchdown in Under Armour All-American game and helped Archbishop Hoban to two state titles.

Michael Smith    6-2    200    WR    Vero Beach, Fla.

Chose Pitt over: Indiana, Georgia Tech, Washington State, Notre Dame

FYI: TCPalm offensive player of the year caught 66 passes for 1,566 yards and 24 touchdowns this fall.

Darian Street    6-1    175    WR    Bethlehem, Pa.

Chose Pitt over: UConn, Kent State

FYI: Brother Devin was Panthers’ all-time receiving leader until Tyler Boyd broke his mark.

Albert Tucker    6-1    197    LB    Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Chose Pitt over: Kentucky, Colorado, Colorado State

FYI: Made 34 tackles this season for national powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas, Florida Class 7A state champ.

Carson Van Lynn    6-6    235    DT    Columbus, Ohio

Chose Pitt over: Duke, Wake Forest, Rutgers

FYI: Cousin Matt Skura played center for Duke.

Carter Warren    6-6    315    OT    Passaic, N.J.

Chose Pitt over: Maryland, Virginia Tech, Syracuse

FYI: Considered Passaic Tech’s best recruit since Gerald Hayes, who signed with Pitt in 1999.

NOTRE DAME

Player    Ht.    Wt.     Pos.    Hometown

David Adams    6-1    224    LB    Pittsburgh, Pa.

Chose Notre Dame over: Penn State, Pitt, Stanford, Louisville, Michigan

FYI: Led PIAA Class 6A runner-up Pittsburgh Central Catholic in tackles, sacks.

Aaron Banks    6-7    315    OT    El Cerrito, Calif.

Chose Notre Dame over: Michigan, Oregon, Arizona State

FYI: Considered the top-rated offensive lineman in northern California.

Avery Davis    5-11    192    QB    Cedar Hill, Texas

Chose Notre Dame over: Auburn, Colorado, Texas Tech, SMU

FYI: Completed almost 70 percent of his passes for 2,876 yards, 37 touchdowns in 2016.

Darnell Ewell    6-4    295    DT    Norfolk, Va.

Chose Notre Dame over: Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan

FYI: Mad first-team Group 4A all-Virginia out of Lake Taylor High School.

Jordan Genmark-Heath    6-2    205    S    San Diego, Calif.

Chose Notre Dame over: California, Vanderbilt, Washington State, Oregon State, Northwestern

FYI: Native of Sweden who came to U.S. three years ago after stepfather won green card in a lottery.

Dillan Gibbons    6-4    311    OT    Clearwater, Fla.

Chose Notre Dame over: Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Ohio State

FYI: Selected first-team small-school All-American by MaxPreps website.

Robert Hainsey    6-4    276    G    Monroeville, Pa.

Chose Notre Dame over: Penn State, Michigan State, Michigan

FYI: Spent the last two years at IMG Academy in Florida after transferring from Gateway High School.

Kurt Hinish    6-2    283    DT    Pittsburgh, Pa.

Chose Notre Dame over: Penn State, Pitt, Florida, Florida State, Baylor

FYI: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 pick helped Pittsburgh Central Catholic make consecutive PIAA Class 6A finals.

C.J. Holmes    6-0    200    RB    Hamden, Conn.

Chose Notre Dame over: Alabama, Penn State, Michigan, Tennessee, UCLA

FYI: Averaged more than 8 yards per carry this season for New England Bowl winners.

Cole Kmet    6-5    230    TE    Arlington Heights, Ill.

Chose Notre Dame over: Ohio State, Michigan, Louisville, Baylor

FYI: Father of this U.S, Army All-American went on to play for the Chicago Bears.

Joshua Lugg    6-7    293    OT    Wexford, Pa.

Chose Notre Dame over: Tennessee, Pitt, Penn State, Wisconsin, Michigan State

FYI: Best lineman on a North Allegheny offense that averaged 34.9 points; Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 pick.

Jonathon MacCollister    6-4    238    DE    Orlando, Fla.

Chose Notre Dame over: Clemson, Ohio State, Michigan State, Auburn, Illinois, UCLA

FYI: Comes out of same Bishop Moore program as Irish lineman Parker Boudreaux.

Isaiah Robertson    6-3    190    WR    Naperville, Ill.

Chose Notre Dame over: Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Vanderbilt

FYI: USA Today first-team all-Illinois pick is one of five early enrollees for Fighting Irish.

Drew White    6-1    225    LB    Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Chose Notre Dame over: Michigan, Ohio State, LSU

FYI: Product of national prep powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas.

Brock Wright    6-4    243    TE    Cyrpess, Texas

Chose Notre Dame over: Alabama, USC, Oklahoma, Michigan

FYI: Nation’s second-rated tight end caught 30 passes for a team that only completed 130.

Michael Young    5-11    175    WR    Destrehan, La.

Chose Notre Dame over: Texas A&M, Oregon, Arizona State

FYI: Caught nearly 40 passes for team that reached Louisiana Class 5A semifinals.

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