Recruiting updates

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 ...

Four-star recruit picks PSU

Penn State has reached over the country's northern border to pluck scholastic football talent in the past: Former Nittany Lions Pete Giftopoulos, Phil and Frank Yeboah-Kodie, Akeel Lynch and Michael O'Connor all came from Canada, and recent offensive line standout John Urschel was born in ...

North Carolina LB picks Penn State

Penn State football fans have been waiting almost three months to add a recruit.The wait is over.The Nittany Lions' 2017 recruiting class picked up its ninth member on Wednesday afternoon when Greensboro, N.C. outside linebacker Brelin Faison-Walden held a press conference to make a pledge to ...

Sports at a glance

HERSHEY - Penn State has one big-time running back in rising sophomore Saquon Barkley.It looks like another will be joining him in the coming months.Nittany Lion recruit Miles Sanders of Woodland Hills took home Pennsylvania MVP honors after scoring three touchdowns in the Pa. team's 26-14 win ...

Defensive speed is added

By Philip Cmorpcmor@altoonamirror.comPenn State added a speedy three-star cornerback from the Deep South to its 2017 recruiting class on Monday night.D.J. Brown, a 5-foot-11, 172-pound defensive back from Creekside High School in Fairburn, Ga., became the eighth player in this year's Nittany ...

Penn State adds to O-line pledges

Penn State filled two slots on its offensive line for its 2017 recruiting class just before its Blue-White Game last Saturday.The Nittany Lions garnered another verbal commitment at the position on Thursday night.Mike Miranda, a 6-foot-3, 292-pound guard from Stow High School in Ohio, became ...

Two offensive linemen commit to PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State's spring football practice wrapped up on Saturday at Beaver Stadium with the Blue romping to a 37-0 win against the White.The Nittany Lions' spring recruiting, meanwhile, might just be heating up.With a number of recruits in attendance, C.J. Thorpe and Robert Martin ...

Penn State catches the eye of several stars from IMG

By Philip Cmorpcmor@altoonamirror.comSeveral prospects the Penn State football team is recruiting have taken their talents from the northeast to Florida's IMG Academy.It looks like at least one of them will be coming back in a couple of years.On Thursday, 6-foot-6, 304-pound class of 2018 ...

Parsons gives Penn State good start on junior day

By Philip Cmorpcmor@altoonamirror.comOn Penn State's junior day, a sophomore stole everyone's thunder.With a huge crop of Class of 2017 high school football prospects in University Park on Saturday to get a chance to meet up with the Nittany Lion coaching staff, elite Class of 2018 defensive ...

Nittany Lions looking at linebacker for 2017

Penn State wasn't able to address its need for a middle linebacker in its 2016 recruiting class.Fortunately for the Nittany Lions, it looks like they'll have ample opportunity to do so in 2017."There's good talent at spots that they need to fill," Lions247's Sean Fitz said. "The linebacker ...

Recruiting update

Recruiting updates for Penn State, Pitt, Notre Dame and West Virginia.

PSU recruiting mirrors 2015 play on field

How a college team recruits usually sets the tone for how it performs on the field.For Penn State football, though, it might be the other way around."From here on out, it is all about wins and losses. Period. End of story," said Ryan Snyder, who covers college football recruiting for BlueWhite ...