Recruiting updates

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 ...

Texas junior picks Penn St

If one of Penn State football coach James Franklin’s New Year’s resolutions was to finish out on a blockbuster 2018 recruiting class, the Nittany Lions wasted no time getting to work on that. Just an hour after the calendar turned on the east coast, Texas junior defensive back Isaiah ...

Clairton star picks PSU

Lamont Wade had scholarship offers from coast to coast, and, over the last few months, he envisioned himself playing in a number of different places. “Last year I wanted to go to West Virginia. Then this year in the spring, I was really feeling Ohio State. At the beginning of this season, ...

Lions add more speed with new defensive recruit

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com Last Friday, the Penn State football program received a verbal commitment from one of the quickest offensive players in the class of 2017. The Nittany Lions now have landed one of the fastest on the other side of the ball. U.S. Army All-American ...

Lions get fast with IMG Academy star

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com Penn State might be fading with five-star defensive end Josh Kaindoh from IMG Academy, but the Nittany Lions did pull a receiver/return man with speed to burn from the Florida prep power on Friday afternoon. Five-foot-nine, 165-pound K.J. Hamler, one ...

PSU fans get a taste of the future

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com Damion Barber shot through from left end and threw the running back for a 5-yard loss on the opponent’s second offensive play. On the very next snap, Micah Parsons came through from the other side and engulfed the quarterback 10 yards behind the ...

Lions get verbal from Georgia QB

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com There were reports that Penn State might have been knocked out of the driver’s seat in the eyes of blue-chip junior quarterback Justin Fields after in-state Georgia came through with a scholarship offer in mid-November. Apparently the reports of ...

Four-star DT flips from Florida to Penn State

There was a buzz coming into this weekend that Penn State might get a high-profile defensive lineman to switch his commitment from a program in the south to the Nittany Lions. They did. It just wasn’t the recruit most people were expecting. Fred Hansard, the 6-foot-3, 305-pound four-star ...

Nittany Lions land top junior tight end

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State’s big day kicked off with a big-time recruit committing to the Nittany Lions. Zack Kuntz, rated as the No. 1 tight end prospect in the 2018 class whose interest in Penn State seemed to be waning just a few weeks ago despite his having two older brothers play ...

Blue-chip DTs highlight recruiting visitors

In the hours just before kickoff for Penn State’s Big Ten contest with Iowa on Saturday night, Arkansas’ 31-10 win over Florida was being shown on Beaver Stadium’s gigantic video boards. One wonders if that was done with Fred Hansard in mind. The 6-foot-3, 324-pound Gator defensive ...

White-out game brings out possible record number of recruits, commits

UNIVERSITY PARK — White-out nights typically are the most attractive to recruiting prospects, and this might have been one of the biggest Penn State ever has had. Sean Fitz reported on the Lions247 website around midday that Penn State was expecting more than 150 recruits for the game, ...

Four-star safety changes his mind

It was expected for more than a week, but Penn State's 2017 football recruiting class is one verbal commitment smaller today.Derrek Pitts, the four-star safety from West Virginia, announced on social media Monday that he no longer was pledged to the Nittany Lions."I would like (to thank) Coach ...

Young tight end picks Nittany Lions early

By Philip Cmorpcmor@altoonamirror.comNine receptions aren't going to catch a lot of people's attention, but Pat Freiermuth has been around football to know that there is more to playing tight end than catching passes."For me, being a good tight end is being aggressive every single play," ...

WR picks PSU over Iowa, MSU

Fort Wayne, Ind.'s Mac Hippenhammer has made a reputation as a superb route-runner with great hands.It's the reason he was able to snare a school-record 67 catches last season, including six for 109 yards in Snider High School's 64-61 Class 5A state championship victory over New Palestine.On ...

Holmes touches down at Penn State

It's hard to imagine anyone who is 6-foot-6 and tips the scales at 327 pounds getting overlooked.That's exactly what happened to Des Holmes, however."A lot of people didn't know about him," Cardinal O'Hara High School football coach B.J. Hogan said.That all changed when Hogan and his staff put ...

Penn State gets offensive tackle commitment

Penn State picked up the 14th verbal commitment for its 2017 football recruiting class on Sunday when three-star offensive tackle Des Holmes of Cardinal O'Hara announced he was choosing the Nittany Lions over Maryland on Twitter Sunday.The 6-foot-6, 320-pound Holmes was flying under the radar ...

Lions land four-star wide receiver

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State's 2018 football recruiting class just got better because it got Shorter.Already well on its way to filling all of the openings in its 2017 class after a recent flurry of verbal commitments, the Nittany Lions moved ahead on Saturday morning by getting a pledge from ...

Lions land playmaker from Virginia

By Philip Cmorpcmor@altoonamirror.comEarly last season, the Battlefield High School football team in Haymarket, Va. experienced some injuries in the defensive trenches.Bobcats coach Jared Van Acker made an unconvential move, taking 6-foot-2, 196-pound cornerback Brailyn Franklin and putting him ...

Blue & White feeling a bit Brown now

By Philip Cmorpcmor@altoonamirror.comOne thing is undeniable about James Franklin's tenure as Penn State football coach: He's cornered the market on Maryland prep stars named Cam Brown.Earlier this year, the Nittany Lions signed a four-star linebacker by that name from Burtonsville. On Friday ...

PSU lands 3-star defender

By Philip Cmorpcmor@altoonamirror.comEven though West Virginia safety Derrek Pitts showed up for the Lasch Bash a couple of weeks ago with a large contingent of family and friends, recruiting analysts believed the 6-foot-1, 174-pound three-star athlete would go with his home-state Mountaineers ...