Recruiting updates

Stanford lineman completes transfer

From Mirror reportsUNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State coach James Franklin announced the addition of offensive lineman Kevin Reihner to the Nittany Lion football roster for the 2015 season on Monday.Reihner, a Scranton native, transferred to Penn State after earning his undergraduate degree from ...

Top Massachusetts prospect picks Nittany Lions

There's been buzz over the last month that Penn State Class of 2016 football recruits Miles Sanders and Lavert Hill might be wavering on their verbal commitments to the Nittany Lions.Coach James Franklin and his staff not only have kept Sanders and Hill in the fold, they've been adding to the ...

Game adds feather to recruiting cap

UNIVERSITY PARK - As Penn State football coach James Franklin fielded a question about recruiting during spring practice following Saturday afternoon's Blue-White Game, the second year Nittany Lion coach saw it as another opportunity to play to many of the prospects who were upstairs watching ...

Scranton lineman commits to Lions

Spring practice has the chance to kick off a 2015 Penn State football recruiting class that's already come out of the gate pretty well into overdrive, and the Nittany Lions got a nice boost on Friday when Scranton area offensive lineman Connor McGovern became the fifth recruit to make a verbal ...

Lions’ momentum building

Penn State made a huge jump - about 10 places - in the national rankings from James Franklin's first recruiting class to his second.The Nittany Lions are poised to take another big step upward in 2016."It should be an even better class," said Ryan Snyder, who covers Lion recruiting for ...

Recruiting update

PENN STATEPlayerHt.Wt.Pos.HometownSaquon Barkley5-11190RBWhitehall, Pa.Chose PSU over: Rutgers, Notre Dame, PittAssistant coach who opened the door: Charles HuffFYI: 247Sports top prospect in Pennsylvania rushed for 1,851 yards as a senior.Ryan Bates6-5271OTWarrington, Pa.Chose PSU over: South ...

Lions hit big with quantity of top recruits

It might have been a little disappointing that Penn State wasn't able to sustain the momentum that had its class rated No. 1 in the country in the summer, but one has to look deeper when evaluating the Nittany Lions' 2015 recruiting class.As in its depth.James Franklin's second group of ...

PSU, Franklin indeed dominating the state

UNIVERSITY PARK - James Franklin arrived at Penn State in January of 2014 vowing to dominate the state of Pennsylvania, and, on his second signing day with the Nittany Lions, one of the things he said pleased him the most was that he and his staff did a good job of accomplishing that ...

Tweet helps fuel PSU-Pitt rivalry

UNIVERSITY PARK - It seemed obvious who the tweet about negative recruiting was referring to - Pitt - which makes for more in the juicy in-state war of words.Penn State coach James Franklin and assistant Josh Gattis, who sent the tweet Tuesday, tried to deny that it was intended for any school ...

Givens’ heart was always with Nittany Lions

By Philip Cmorpcmor@altoonamirror.comIronically, it turns out Altoona Area High School all-state defensive end Kevin Givens committed to Pitt a year ago largely because of Penn State.Confirming the widely-held belief that his heart always was in Happy Valley, Givens, who signed a ...

Givens flips: Altoona standout spurns Pitt for Penn State

Almost since Kevin Givens committed to the University of Pittsburgh - and, honestly, possibly even before that day almost one year ago - people have thought it might just a matter of time before Altoona Area High School's star defensive end found his way to Penn State.It was at the 11th hour, ...

Walking on air: Simpson getting shot at PSU

This tiger is changing his stripes.Golden Tiger, that is.After leaning that way for a couple of months, Hollidaysburg Area High School senior lineman Zach Simpson decided on Saturday to join the Penn State Nittany Lion football team as a preferred walk-on."This has always been a dream of mine," ...

Lions land pair of DBs

Penn State got closer to completing its 2015 recruiting haul and upgraded its 2016 class at the same time on Saturday when the Nittany Lions received commitments from Pittsburgh Central Catholic senior safety Johnny Petrishen and Detroit junior cornerback LaVert Hill."This past year has been a ...

Nittany Lions getting head start on 2016

With most of its 2015 recruiting class filled, Penn State's last visit weekend before signing day on Wednesday turned into an impromptu junior day.James Franklin and his staff were able to use Saturday as a chance to get 2016 commits Jake Zembiec, Shane Simmons and Miles Sanders back up to ...

Recruit leaves Pitt for Lions

Some nasty weather didn't stop Penn State football coach James Franklin.Franklin ventured out into the snowstorm on Monday, heading to western PA. He came back with a verbal commitment from Kittanning tight end Nick Bowers.Bringing Penn State's number of 2015 recruits to 23 with eight days left ...

Penn State addresses needs on defensive line

Penn State came into this key recruiting weekend hoping to increase the overall upside of its 2015 class and to fill a gaping void with the days winding down until signing day.James Franklin and his staff batted 2-for-2.Wisconsin first-team all-stater Robert Windsor announced around midday via ...

PSU making one last push

With less than two weeks to go before signing day, Penn State is trying to put the finishing touches on its 2015 recruiting class by holding its biggest official visit event of the year this weekend.All 20 current members of the class were expected to be in University Park, including 16 on ...

Recruiting update

PENN STATEPlayerHt.Wt.Pos.HometownSaquon Barkley5-11190RBWhitehall, Pa.Chose PSU over: Rutgers, Notre Dame, PittAssistant coach who opened the door: Charles HuffFYI: 247Sports top prospect in Pennsylvania rushed for 1,851 yards as a senior.Ryan Bates6-5271OTWarrington, Pa.Chose PSU over: South ...

Lions look to Paris to cure line woes

Penn State's had big problems on the offensive line this season, but, late Friday night, the Nittany Lions got a big man who they think can have a big hand in helping solve them sooner rather than later.Paris Palmer, the consensus No. 1 junior college offensive tackle prospect in the nation ...

PSU goes to Paris for lineman help

Penn State's had big problems on the offensive line this season, but, late Friday night, the Nittany Lions got a big man who they think can have a big hand in helping solve them sooner rather than later.Paris Palmer, the consensus No. 1 junior college offensive tackle prospect in the nation ...