Recruiting updates

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, ...

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 ...