Recruiting updates

Lions get surprise commit

You know your recruiting class is on a roll when you start getting big-time prospects no one thought you were going to get.That's what happened to Penn State on Tuesday afternoon when four-star Illinois defensive end Daniel Joseph pulled a stunner by announcing his intention to sign with Penn ...

Baltimore four-star DT picks Nittany Lions

Just like that, Penn State has filled nearly all its 2016 recruiting needs on the defensive line.Maryland four-star defensive end Shane Simmons, one of the class's premier pass rushers committed to the Nittany Lions last fall, but Coach James Franklin and his staff hadn't been able to land any ...

Lions snag big DT

When Charlotte, N.C. defensive tackle Christian Colon announced he would going public with his college of choice on Independence High School's senior night, Nov. 6, Penn State football fans hoped the Nittany Lion coaches might be able to sway him to move up his timetable to the program's "Lasch ...

New Jersey DT Dwumfour commits to Lions

Penn State football fans have been waiting for a commitment from a 2016 defensive tackle just like New Jersey rising senior defensive tackle Michael Dwumfour has been waiting for a scholarship offer from the Nittany Lions.Dwumfour got his wish over the weekend, and, consequently, Lion fans got ...

Penn State gets Georgia punter

When Penn State began to hold satellite camps in places like Georgia, Nittany Lion fans most envisioned James Franklin enticing blazing fast wide receivers or hulking lineman to spurn SEC schools to come to Happy Valley.Those fans weren't giving a lot of thought to punters.However, that's ...

Size a big deal with new recruit

By Philip Cmorpcmor@altoonamirror.comPenn State might have capped off the main course for its 2016 football recruiting class with a large order of Fries.That's Cranford, N.J.'s 6-foot-5, 270-pound Will Fries.The borderline four-star prospect committed to the Nittany Lions on Tuesday night, ...

Penn State lands top recruit in state

By Philip Cmorpcmor@altoonamirror.comA split second after Michal Menet announced his college choice, a thunderous cheer filled the Exeter High School auditorium.As loud as it seemed, it was only a fraction of the kind of noise Menet is going to encounter during a whiteout at Beaver Stadium. But ...

PSU picks up O-line recruit

Penn State bolstered the offensive line for its 2016 recruiting class on Monday afternoon when the Nittany Lions received a verbal commitment from 6-foot-7, 270-pound offensive tackle Alex Gellerstedt from Dublin, Ohio."Very excited to announce that I have officially committed to Penn State!!! ...

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," ...