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Lions add two more on signing day

Penn State signed two more players to the class of 2019 on national signing day part two Wednesday, bringing the Nittany Lions’ class size to 23.

Penn State’s class ranks No. 13 in the country and No. 2 in the Big Ten (Michigan is No. 8 overall), according to 247Sports. The Lions signed one five-star recruit (LB Brandon Smith), 17 four-star and five three-star recruits.

The vast majority of those players signed in the early period in December, and 11 players enrolled early in January.

The Lions added two more signees Wednesday in three-star cornerback Daequan Hardy from Penn Hills in Pittsburgh and three-star receiver TJ Jones from Lake City, Fla. Hardy is the No. 26 recruit in Pennsylvania and No. 136 cornerback in the nation, while Jones is the No. 74 receiver in the country.

“Overall, very pleased with the class,” PSU coach James Franklin said before later adding, “Excited how the class filled out, excited about what we’ll be able to do in the offseason. Obviously a lot more question marks go into this season than maybe we had in the past, but excited about where we’re going.”

There still could be another player sign with the Lions as they’re involved with Maryland four-star safety Nick Cross. He’s committed to Florida State but could flip to Penn State or Maryland.

“It’s hard to say the 2019 class is finished,” Franklin said. “There’s some guys that obviously are still deciding, and then there’s some guys that may show up later in the process. You never know. But I think obviously I’d say the majority of our class is pretty much done, but it’s hard to ever say it’s completely over, because there’s going to be guys that sign late.”

— Cory Giger

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