Recruiting updates

Lions pick up two, including top LB

If things go as planned, the Penn State football team will put an elite defense on the field in a couple of years. The Nittany Lions certainly will have elite-level defensive talent. After signing top-five man-child Micah Parsons in its last recruiting class and a strong player for top-five ...

Nittany Lions getting faster in secondary

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com Penn State’s defensive backfield recruiting for the class of 2019 has the feel of a sprint now — the Nittany Lions have more good players in the mix than they have scholarships. With safety JaQuan Brisker on board after a surprise commitment late ...

Nittany Lions land prized running back recruit

About a month ago, it looked like Ohio State was in the driver’s seat in the recruitment of blue-chip Virginia running back Devyn Ford. However, when Ford crossed the finish line on Friday afternoon, he was riding with James Franklin, and it was Penn State taking the checkered flag. Ford, ...

Lions add standout safety

Penn State might be about to go on a run of football commitments. It got started a little earlier than expected late Thursday night. JaQuon Brisker, the Lackawanna safety rated as one of the top junior college prospects in the country, announced he had committed to the Nittany Lions on ...

Lions land massive O-lineman

The list of verbal commitments coming out of the Blue-White Game wasn’t as big as Penn State football fans probably were expecting, but the one pledge the Nittany Lions did receive on Saturday was huge. Six-foot-five, 320-pound Caedan Wallace, ranked as one of the top 75 players in the ...

Lions expected to get commitments

The Penn State football family could be getting bigger on this weekend. In fact, it’d be a minor surprise if it didn’t. The Nittany Lions are entertaining a bumper crop of recruiting targets for today’s Blue-White Game — hosting 10 official visitors under the change in NCAA rules ...

Lions land one final star on signing day

There were a couple of false alarms over the past few months that Rasheed Walker was going to verbally commit to Penn State, so it was apropos that the Maryland four-star and U.S. Army All-American offensive tackle’s announcement on Wednesday got postponed a couple of times because of the ...

Tigers’ Hilling heading to PSU

The Penn State football team has been loading up on kicking specialists this recruiting cycle, and, on Monday, reached into Blair County for one of the best in the state: Hollidaysburg Area High School’s Vlad Hilling. Hilling, the Golden Tigers’ Class 5A all-state place-kicker, gave a ...

Recruit officially signs with Lions

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com For the last couple of weeks, Penn State football fans were sweating out the commitment announcement of All-American defensive end Jayson Oweh, and the possibility that, even after he made a decision, they might have to wait until February to see if ...

Lions land big one in Parsons

UNIVERSITY PARK — James Franklin looked ahead to a sandy beach, a time when he had hung up his whistle as Penn State football coach and began penning his memoirs when asked about the question central to the Nittany Lions’ 2018 recruiting class. “The book will probably be five chapters ...

Lions get QB commit

A quarterback just north of 6-feet tall who is nimble on his feet and throws a really good slant or deep fade — sounds a lot like Trace McSorley, doesn’t it? Yes, but it also would be an ideal description of New Jersey junior Taquon Roberson, who announced on Thursday that he was going to ...

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 ...