Recruiting updates

McKeesport star choose Wolverines

The hits just keep on coming for Penn State's 2016 football recruiting class.With a week to go until signing day, the Nittany Lions on Wednesday missed out on McKeesport linebacker/safety Khaleke Hudson, who verbally committed to Michigan.Hudson's choice is the latest of blows to what at one ...

Lions flip kicker from Rutgers

Penn State apparently decided to move on from wavering place-kicker commitment Quinn Nordin before he officially gave the Nittany Lions the boot, and went out and got someone else.Despite technically already having a scholarship kicker in their 2016 recruiting class, the Lions received a verbal ...

D-lineman changes his mind

The Penn State football program has lost another 2016 recruit.And it's another defensive tackle, on top of that.Michael Dwumfour, the 6-foot-2, 286-pound lineman from New Jersey, announced on Monday that he was reopening his recruitment after returning from his weekend official visit to ...

Storm doesn’t help Lions

By Philip Cmorpcmor@altoonamirror.comWinter storm Jonas brought almost everything from West Virginia to Massachusetts to a standstill this weekend.It struck an uncomfortable if somewhat fitting parallel to what has been happening to Penn State's football recruiting class recently.With 11 days ...

Another football recruit decommits from Lions

When Penn State was sporting a top five recruiting class in the summer, it was apparent holding on to all its blue-chippers was going to be almost as tough a task as getting them to commit in the first place.Just how difficult has played out over the last five.First, Michigan four-star ...

Clairton’s Mathews commits to Lions

Around the time Christian Hackenberg and Austin Johnson were declaring their intentions to leave Penn State to enter the NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon, the Nittany Lions were adding a player for the future.Aaron Mathews, a 6-foot-4, 192-pound athlete from Pennsylvania small-school power ...

Lions losing recruits

Penn State's lost on the field to both of the Big Ten football programs from Michigan in the last two weeks, and, on Sunday, they lost one of their top recruits from Michigan, with speculation brewing that they might lose the other in the coming days.Four-star cornerback Lavert Hill, one of the ...

PSU lands LB recruit on big day

There was a feeling the noon kickoff on Saturday might take a little bit of the shine off of Penn State's biggest recruiting game of the season, even with the white-out and the capacity crowd.If that was the case, it was awfully hard to tell. The program hosted one of its biggest groups of ...

DT recruit Colon, Lions part ways

There has been speculation in recent weeks that Penn State was on the verge of losing a football recruit or two, but none of the names being thrown around was Christian Colon's.However, on Thursday, news emerged that the 6-foot-3, 325-pound three-star defensive tackle from Independence, N.C. no ...

Lions land 20th recruit in Hickory’s Pryts

Penn State's 2016 recruiting class now has reached 20 players, as the Nittany Lions continued to corner the market on the top in-state scholastic talent.This time it was Hickory four-star safety Andrew Pryts, who made his announcement on his Twitter account on Saturday night.Pryts has been on ...

Four-star Dioubate joins Penn State class

By Philip Cmorpcmor@altoonamirror.comSince James Franklin came on board as Penn State football coach and the NCAA pulled back its sanctions on the program, the Nittany Lions have gone about trying to rebuild the roster left undermanned by two years of roster and scholarship reductions."Two ...

LB commits highlight of ‘Lasch Bash’

In the days leading up to Penn State's "Lasch Bash" barbecue for Nittany Lion football recruits, there was speculation that the event could inspire as many as a half-dozen prospects to verbally commit to the Lions.That didn't happen - at least not yet - but the early returns make it sound like ...

Lions get commitment from junior quarterback

By Philip Cmorpcmor@altoonamirror.comPenn State got the ball rolling in its 2017 football recruiting class on Monday, but how it happened is sure to stir discussion and debate among Nittany Lion fans for months and maybe even years to come.Cincinnati quarterback Sean Clifford of St. Xavier High ...

PSU getting its kicks out of Nordin

By Philip Cmorpcmor@altoonamirror.comWhen James Franklin arrived at Penn State, one of the first things he vowed to do was to dominate the state when it came to recruiting. Then it was the whole region he planned to dominate.Now, it looks like the Nittany Lion football coach is trying to ...

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, ...