Recruiting updates

Recruits still show up no matter what

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — One had to wonder what kind of recruiting prospects Penn State would attract for a night game against 38-point underdog Georgia State. It turned out to be a really, really good one. The Nittany Lions hosted Micah Parsons and ...

Lions are chosen over other big names

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com Aeneas Hawkins might not be the recruit who generates the most buzz in Penn State’s 2018 class, but his addition to it on Thursday was a perfect example of just how far Nittany Lion recruiting has come under James Franklin and his coaching ...

Lions get four-star DT for upcoming ’18 class

Penn State ran near the top of the list for blue-chip recruit Sam Mustipher three years ago but came up short in the end, and Mustipher wound up signing with Notre Dame. The Nittany Lions were able to seal the deal with Mustipher’s younger brother, P.J. With spots in Penn State’s 2018 ...

Lineman selects Lions over OSU

For decades, we’ve been told that juice is an essential part of a good breakfast. Juice certainly has helped make Cathedral Prep football healthy over the last two years — the Ramblers’ offense averaged better than 400 yards in 2016 and scoring 80 touchdowns en route to a 14-0 record and ...

Safety picks Lions

There was chatter Monday that Maryland offensive tackle Rasheed Walker might announce his commitment to Penn State, beating Imhotep Charter free safety Isheem Young to the punch to bring the Nittany Lions’ 2018 recruiting class to 20 at a small press conference at his school on Tuesday ...

Nittany Lions get plenty of results from ‘Lasch Bash’

Penn State’s annual “Lasch Bash” recruiting gathering on Saturday paid immediate dividends as the Nittany Lions found a big, athletic quarterback from the Northeast to replace decommitted Justin Fields in their 2018 class and nailed down pledges from a couple of highly-rated receivers who ...

Fla. DT commits to Lions

On the cusp of one of its biggest recruiting dates of the year, the Penn State football team on Friday got a jump by securing the verbal commitment of another recruit from outside its traditional recruiting footprint. Judge Culpepper, a 6-foot-5, 256-pound three-star defensive tackle from ...

Penn State lands four-star Florida cornerback

As Florida four-star cornerback prospect Jordan Miner was streaming his college commitment on a local television broadcast through social media, the feed froze up. It made Penn State football fans wait a few more minutes to learn the Wiregrass Ranch standout was going to be the newest Nittany ...

Hardy picks PSU over many others

Penn State football fans might hope the Nittany Lions eventually can bring Harrisburg high school All-American Micah Parsons back into the fold as part ot their 2018 recruiting class, but they got a verbal commitment from another one of the country’s best defensive line prospects. Dorian ...

Five-star quarterback decommits from PSU

It’s looking like 2018 could be a special recruiting class for Penn State football, but when you are recruiting big-time prospects, there’s big-time competition, and that can lead to big-time upheaval. That’s what happened on Tuesday night, as five-star quarterback Justin Fields of ...

Penn State adds Illinois lineman to 2018 class

The run on offensive linemen apparently has begun. After securing commitments from a pair of players along the front line hours before kickoff of the Blue-White Game a couple of weeks ago, Penn State added another on Saturday afternoon when Illinois’ tackle Bryce Effner decided to enter the ...

Lions lose star recruit

Coming off the high of one of the biggest recruiting weekends in several years, Penn State football was hit by a gut-punch on Sunday night when Harrisburg defensive end Micah Parsons — the Nittany Lions’ top-ranked pledge in the nation’s second-rated class — announced that he was ...

Sidelines are filled with PSU’s future

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — If building depth was the theme for the Penn State football team during spring practice, it certainly appears to have crossed over the recruiting side, too. The Nittany Lions’ lost a highly-regarded offensive tackle prospect on ...

NE PA tackle changes mind

pcmor@altoonamirror.com One the eve of its annual Blue-White Game, the Penn State football has lost one of its 2018 verbal commitments. “After many months of discussions with my family I came to the decision it is in my best interest to Re-Open my recruitment and Decommit from Penn ...

PSU gets Texas DB

It’s shaping up that Penn State’s secondary might feel a lot like the Lone Star State in a couple of years. With rising senior legacy safety prospect Isaiah Humphries of Sachse, Texas having committed to the Nittany Lions on New Year’s Eve, Penn State added another defensive back pledge ...

New recruit offers defensive versatility

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com Linebacker U added another linebacker to its 2018 recruiting class on Thursday. Or maybe he’s a defensive end. Or a defensive tackle, perhaps. The point is, wherever he lines up, Pennridge’s Nick Tarburton is a heck of a prospect. On the ...

PSU class deemed ‘terrific’

Winning cures a lot of ills. The consensus heading into the 2017 recruiting cycle was that James Franklin and his Penn State football staff could recruit, but that the Nittany Lions were going to have to show they could get it done on the field to take that next step in interesting and ...

2018 shaping up nicely

Penn State football fans are pretty happy with the top 15 recruiting class the Nittany Lions signed on Wednesday. If things keep going the way they currently are playing out, Lion faithful might be unable to contain themselves next signing day. “There are so many top players out there ...

PSU dream becomes reality for Hoenstine

The Hoenstine name has been synonymous with great baseball for generations. The family was the heart of the powerful Thomas teams in the Altoona Greater City League. Dave played minor league ball in the Reds chain. His oldest son, A.J., helped Mansfield to a pair of PSAC titles and has ...

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 ...