Recruiting update


Player    Ht.    Wt.     Pos.    Hometown

Damion Barber     6-3    245    DE    Harrisburg, Pa.

Chose PSU over: Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Temple

Assistant coach who opened the door: Brent Pry

FYI: Formed formidable bookend combination with 2018 Lion commit Micah Parsons that led Harrisburg to PIAA Class 5A finals.

Corey Bolds    6-3    268    DT    Paterson, N.J.

Chose PSU over: Rutgers, Minnesota, Clemson, Pitt, Georgia

Assistant coach who opened the door: Sean Spencer

FYI: First-team all-North Jersey selection comes from Paramus Catholic program that produced Jabrill Peppers and Rashan Gary.

Ellis Brooks    6-1    233    LB    Mechanicsville, Va.

Chose PSU over: Maryland, Northwestern, LSU, Oregon, Duke

Assistant coach who opened the door: Brent Pry

FYI: Family of Richmond first-team all-Metro star and Under Armour All-American has been long-time friends with former Lion QB Michael Robinson.

D.J. Brown    5-10    165    CB    Fairburn, Ga.

Chose PSU over: UCLA, Wisconsin, Mississippi State, Louisville

Assistant coach who opened the door: Terry Smith

FYI: Selected with fellow recruit Fred Hansard for the 56-player USA Football Under-19 all-star team

Journey Brown    5-11    194    RB    Meadville, Pa.

Chose PSU over: Syracuse, Temple, Duquesne

Assistant coach who opened the door: Charles Huff

FYI: Defending PIAA Class 3A 100-meter champ rushed for 10 TDs and more than 700 yards in one game as a junior

Tariq Castro-Fields    6-1    173    CB    Upper Marlboro, Md.

Chose PSU over: Maryland, Alabama, Michigan State, Virginia Tech

Assistant coach who opened the door: Charles Huff

FYI: Washington Post first-team all-Met and USA Today all-Maryland choice was Riverdale Baptist teammate of Lion freshman Zech McPhearson.

Sean Clifford    6-2    207    QB    Cincinnati, Ohio

Chose PSU over: Michigan State, Louisville, Pitt, Missouri

Assistant coach who opened the door: Ricky Rahne

FYI: Despite an injury that forced him to sit out Under Armour All-American Game, led Saint Xavier to an Ohio Division 1 title with an overtime with over Saint Ignatius in the final

Brelin Faison-Walden    6-1    200    LB    Greensboro, N.C.

Chose PSU over: Virginia Tech, Michigan, North Carolina State, Georgia

Assistant coach who opened the door: Brent Pry

FYI: Preseason all-state pick had nine tackles for loss, five sacks

Brailyn Franklin    6-2    200    LB    Haymarket, Va.

Chose PSU over: Virginia Tech, Maryland, Syracuse, Temple

Assistant coach who opened the door: Brent Pry

FYI: Transplant from Arlington, Texas, made second team Class 6A Virginia as a junior after being forced to play nose tackle due to injuries

K.J. Hamler    5-9    152    WR    Commerce, Mich.

Chose PSU over: Michigan State, Oregon, Iowa State

Assistant coach who opened the door: Tim Banks

FYI: Originally from Allen Robinson’s high school, St. Mary’s, but transferred to IMG Academy in Florida for senior season

Fred Hansard    6-3    314    DT    Princeton, N.J.

Chose PSU over: Florida, Tennessee, Michigan State, Rutgers

Assistant coach who opened the door: Brent Pry

FYI: Latest product of prestigious Hun School program is U.S. Under-19 team member who made 14 tackles for loss in 2016; originally committed to Florida

Mac Hippenhammer    6-0    170    WR    Fort Wayne, Ind.

Chose PSU over: Iowa, Wake Forest, Michigan State, Indiana

Assistant coach who opened the door: Josh Gattis

FYI: Indianapolis Star’s Mr. Football for the wide receiver position accumulated more than 1,000 yards rushing and receiving and averaged 40 yards per kick return. Will also play baseball at PSU.

Des Holmes    6-4    320    OT    Springfield, Pa.

Chose PSU over: Maryland, Pitt, Temple

Assistant coach who opened the door: Matt Limegrover

FYI: Made Class 4A all-state after leading a team that went 1-9 in 2015 to a 10-1 finish his senior season

Donovan Johnson    5-10    169    CB    Detroit, Mich.

Chose PSU over: Virginia Tech, Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee

Assistant coach who opened the door: Tim Banks

FYI: Product of perennial power Cass Tech was picked for U.S. Army All-American Game and ran a 4.35-second 40-yard dash at “The Opening”

Robert Martin    6-5    258    OT    Montvale, N.J.

Chose PSU over: Boston College, Rutgers

Assistant coach who opened the door: Matt Limegrover

FYI: Scout.com’s No. 6 guard prospect in the country was second-team all-New Jersey and first-team all-Jersey non-public school all-star

Yetur Matos    6-5    230    DE    Fredericksburg, Va.

Chose PSU over: Clemson, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Virginia

Assistant coach who opened the door: Brent Pry

FYI: Conference’s co-player of the year broke Chancellor High School’s 26-year-old career sack record on his way to making second-team Class 4A all-Virginia

Michael Miranda    6-3    295    G    Stow, Ohio

Chose PSU over: Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia

Assistant coach who opened the door: Matt Limegrover

FYI: Named offensive player of the year in the Suburban League despite not playing at a skill position

Cameron Sullivan-Brown    6-1    185    WR    Laurel, Md.

Chose PSU over: Maryland, Duke, Syracuse, West Virginia

Assistant coach who opened the door: Charles Huff

FYI: Had two interceptions and broke up a key fourth-down pass covering Alabama recruit Trevon Diggs as a junior

Jonathan Sutherland    6-0    193    S    Alexandria, Va.

Chose PSU over: Wisconsin, Syracuse, Boston College, Michigan

Assistant coach who opened the door: Tim Banks

FYI: Originally from Ottawa but first-team all-Virginia picked played his prep ball with fellow Canadian and Michigan recruit Luiji Vilain at Episcopal High School.

C.J. Thorpe    6-4    310    G    Pittsburgh, Pa.

Chose PSU over: Michigan, Auburn, UCLA

Assistant coach who opened the door: Terry Smith

FYI: Son of former Lion Chris Thorpe and cousin of PSU basketball player Geno Thorpe started for power Pittsburgh Central Catholic in two PIAA championship games.

Lamont Wade    5-9    190    CB    Clairton, Pa.

Chose PSU over: West Virginia, Pitt, Tennessee, UCLA

Assistant coach who opened the door: Terry Smith

FYI: Under-Armour All-American was a three-time Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 pick and the WPIAL’s all-time co-leader in career touchdowns.


Player    Ht.    Wt.     Pos.    Hometown

Deslin Alexandre    6-5    230    DE    Deerfield Beach, Fla.

Chose Pitt over: North Carolina State, Syracuse, Rutgers, Temple

FYI: Early enrollee has originally committed to N.C. State.

Cameron Bright    6-1    210    LB    Montgomery, Ala.

Chose Pitt over: Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio)

FYI: Ohio transplant made 131 tackles and had 16.5 sacks as a senior.

Dontavius Butler    6-2    195    WR    Plantation, Fla.

Chose Pitt over: North Carolina State, Temple, Toledo, Bowling Green

FYI: Three-star prospect out of powerful American Heritage program, which won third state title in four years.

Grant Carrigan    6-7    247    TE    Gibsonia, Pa.

Chose Pitt over: Kent State, Wake Forest

FYI: Son of former Panther basketball player spent previous two years at high schools in Nevada, West Virginia.

Kamonte Carter    6-4    305    DT    Gaithersburg, Md.

Chose Pitt over: Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska, Kentucky

FYI: Kicked off Penn State team in spring of 2016, landed at East Mississippi Community College.

Kirk Christodoulou    6-1    210    P    Melbourne, Australia

Chose Pitt over: Only offer — committed during U.S. tour

FYI: Product of novel Prokick Australia program that teaches athletes from that continent to kick footballs.

A.J. Davis    6-0    205    RB    Lakeland, Fla.

Chose Pitt over: Louisville, North Carolina, South Florida

FYI: Three-time Polk County offensive player of the year rushed for more than 5,000 career yards.

Jerry Drake Jr.    6-6    310    OT    Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Chose Pitt over: Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee

FYI: Son of six-year veteran of Arizona Cardinals also had offers from Alabama and Florida State.

Owen Drexel    6-2    280    C    Montclair, N.J.

Chose Pitt over: Rutgers, Boston College, Air Force

FYI: Selected to play in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl in Texas.

Paris Ford    6-1    180    S    Homestead, Pa.

Chose Pitt over: Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State

FYI: Top prospect on Steel Valley team which took PIAA Class 2A title by winning every game of the season via the mercy rule.

Gabe Houy    6-6    250    OT    Pittsburgh, Pa.

Chose Pitt over: Maryland, Cincinnati, Wake Forest

FYI: Comes out of same Upper St. Clair program that produced Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowler Sean Lee.

Damarri Mathis    5-11    178    CB    Lakeland, Fla.

Chose Pitt over: South Carolina, Minnesota, Cincinnati

FYI: High school has won six state titles and produced NFL’s Maurkice and Maurice Pouncey, as well as Major League Baseball star Boog Powell.

Kyle Nunn    6-3    196    S    Findlay, Ohio

Chose Pitt over: Indiana, Iowa State, Northwestern

FYI: Second-team Division I all-Ohio pick recently scored 30 points in a basketball game.

Kenny Pickett    6-3    200    QB    Oakhurst, N.J.

Chose Pitt over: Boston College, Temple, Iowa

FYI: Former Temple commit passed for more than 1,700 yards as a junior and will join graduate transfer Max Browne in Panthers’ QB room.

Jason Pinnock    6-1    190    CB    Windsor, Conn.

Chose Pitt over: Boston College, UConn, Purdue, Notre Dame

FYI: Hartford Courant defensive player of the year was responsible for coming up with 10 turnovers in 2016.

Charles Reeves    6-5    230    TE    Steubenville, Ohio

Chose Pitt over: Kentucky, Syracuse, Michigan State

FYI: First-team Division IV all-Ohio pick is considered top tight end prospect in that state, also excels in basketball.

Tyler Sear    6-5    250    TE    New Castle, Pa.

Chose Pitt over: Temple, Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron

FYI: PA Sports Writers Class 2A all-state selection

Todd Sibley    5-9    214    RB    Akron, Ohio

Chose Pitt over: Ohio State, Indiana, Missouri

FYI: Former Buckeye commit scored touchdown in Under Armour All-American game and helped Archbishop Hoban to two state titles.

Michael Smith    6-2    200    WR    Vero Beach, Fla.

Chose Pitt over: Indiana, Georgia Tech, Washington State, Notre Dame

FYI: TCPalm offensive player of the year caught 66 passes for 1,566 yards and 24 touchdowns this fall.

Darian Street    6-1    175    WR    Bethlehem, Pa.

Chose Pitt over: UConn, Kent State

FYI: Brother Devin was Panthers’ all-time receiving leader until Tyler Boyd broke his mark.

Albert Tucker    6-1    197    LB    Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Chose Pitt over: Kentucky, Colorado, Colorado State

FYI: Made 34 tackles this season for national powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas, Florida Class 7A state champ.

Jaylen Twyman    6-2    315    DT    Washington, D.C.

Chose Pitt over: South Carolina, Missouri, Maryland

FYI: MVP of Offense-Defense All-American Bowl and Washington Post all-Met pick helped H.D. Woodson to three DCIAA titles.

Carson Van Lynn    6-6    235    DT    Columbus, Ohio

Chose Pitt over: Duke, Wake Forest, Rutgers

FYI: Cousin Matt Skura played center for Duke.

Carter Warren    6-6    315    OT    Passaic, N.J.

Chose Pitt over: Maryland, Virginia Tech, Syracuse

FYI: Considered Passaic Tech’s best recruit since Gerald Hayes, who signed with Pitt in 1999.


Player    Ht.    Wt.     Pos.    Hometown

David Adams    6-1    224    LB    Pittsburgh, Pa.

Chose ND over: Penn State, Pitt, Stanford, Louisville, Michigan

FYI: Led PIAA Class 6A runner-up Pittsburgh Central Catholic in tackles, sacks.

Jafar Armstrong    6-1    205    WR    Mission, Kan.

Chose ND over: Missouri, Minnesota, Baylor

FYI: Rivals.com’s No. 77-ranked player in class caught 21 touchdown passes in 2016.

Aaron Banks    6-7    315    OT    El Cerrito, Calif.

Chose ND over: Michigan, Oregon, Arizona State

FYI: Considered the top-rated offensive lineman in northern California.

Avery Davis    5-11    192    QB    Cedar Hill, Texas

Chose ND over: Auburn, Colorado, Texas Tech, SMU

FYI: Completed almost 70 percent of his passes for 2,876 yards, 37 touchdowns in 2016.

Jonathan Doerer    6-3    188    PK    Charlotte, N.C.

Chose ND over: Maryland, Army, Clemson

FYI: Former Maryland commit ranked No. 3 place-kicker in class by Chris Sailer Kicking.

Darnell Ewell    6-4    295    DT    Norfolk, Va.

Chose ND over: Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan

FYI: Mad first-team Group 4A all-Virginia out of Lake Taylor High School.

Jordan Genmark-Heath    6-2    205    S    San Diego, Calif.

Chose ND over: California, Vanderbilt, Washington State, Oregon State, Northwestern

FYI: Native of Sweden who came to U.S. three years ago after stepfather won green card in a lottery.

Dillan Gibbons    6-4    311    OT    Clearwater, Fla.

Chose ND over: Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Ohio State

FYI: Selected first-team small-school All-American by MaxPreps website.

Robert Hainsey    6-4    276    G    Monroeville, Pa.

Chose ND over: Penn State, Michigan State, Michigan

FYI: Spent the last two years at IMG Academy in Florida after transferring from Gateway High School.

Kurt Hinish    6-2    283    DT    Pittsburgh, Pa.

Chose ND over: Penn State, Pitt, Florida, Florida State, Baylor

FYI: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 pick helped Pittsburgh Central Catholic make consecutive PIAA Class 6A finals.

C.J. Holmes    6-0    200    RB    Hamden, Conn.

Chose ND over: Alabama, Penn State, Michigan, Tennessee, UCLA

FYI: Averaged more than 8 yards per carry this season for New England Bowl winners.

Cole Kmet    6-5    230    TE    Arlington Heights, Ill.

Chose ND over: Ohio State, Michigan, Louisville, Baylor

FYI: Father of this U.S, Army All-American went on to play for the Chicago Bears.

Joshua Lugg    6-7    293    OT    Wexford, Pa.

Chose ND over: Tennessee, Pitt, Penn State, Wisconsin, Michigan State

FYI: Best lineman on a North Allegheny offense that averaged 34.9 points; Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 pick.

Jonathon MacCollister    6-4    238    DE    Orlando, Fla.

Chose ND over: Clemson, Ohio State, Michigan State, Auburn, Illinois, UCLA

FYI: Comes out of same Bishop Moore program as Irish lineman Parker Boudreaux.

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah    6-2    197    LB    Hampton, Va.

Chose ND over: Virginia, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Vanderbilt

FYI: One-time Virginia commit went to Bethel High School, alma mater of Allen Iverson.

Isaiah Robertson    6-3    190    WR    Naperville, Ill.

Chose ND over: Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Vanderbilt

FYI: USA Today first-team all-Illinois pick is one of five early enrollees for Fighting Irish.

Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa    6-4    270    DE    Ewa Beach, Hawaii

Chose ND over: Southern Cal, Oregon, Vanderbilt, Washington

FYI: Cousin of Alabama quarterback recruit Tua Tagovailoa registered 18 sacks this season.

Kofi Wardlow    6-3    230    DE    Washington, D.C.

Chose ND over: Maryland, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Pitt

FYI: In just second year of football, recorded 28.5 tackles for loss as senior at national power Saint John’s College.

Drew White    6-1    225    LB    Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Chose ND over: Michigan, Ohio State, LSU

FYI: Product of national prep powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas.

Brock Wright    6-4    243    TE    Cyrpess, Texas

Chose ND over: Alabama, USC, Oklahoma, Michigan

FYI: Nation’s second-rated tight end caught 30 passes for a team that only completed 130.

Michael Young    5-11    175    WR    Destrehan, La.

Chose ND over: Texas A&M, Oregon, Arizona State

FYI: Caught nearly 40 passes for team that reached Louisiana Class 5A semifinals.


Hakeem Bailey    6-0    180    S    Atlanta, Ga.

Chose WVU over: Cincinnati, Marshall

FYI: All-Iowa Community College first-team pick led Iowa Western with five interceptions.

Eugene Brown    6-0    190    S    Stone Mountain, Ga.

Chose WVU over: North Carolina State, Kentucky, Illinois

FYI: Helped Tucker High School finish as Georgia Class 6A runner-up in 2016.

Tevin Bush    5-5    168    RB    New Orleans, La.

Chose WVU over: Louisville, Arkansas, Texas Tech

FYI: Piled up more than 2,500 all-purpose yards as Landy-Walker High won Class 5A state title.

Isaiah Hardy    6-7    335    OT    Sicklerville, N.J.

Chose WVU over: Missouri, Temple

FYI: Lackawanna College product was prep standout at Timber Creek High School.

Jalen Harvey    6-2    315    DT    Birmingham, Ala.

Chose WVU over: Syracuse, Georgia Southern, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Middle Tennessee State

FYI: Teammate of fellow WVU early enrollee Quondarius Qualls at Northwest Mississippi JC.

Ricky Johns    6-2    176    S    Lansdale, Pa.

Chose WVU over: Temple, Villanova

FYI: Helped North Penn win its first District 1 championship since 2011 with 6A title last fall.

Exree Loe    6-0    190    CB    Johnstown, Pa.

Chose WVU over: Maryland, Louisville, Rutgers

FYI: Helped lead Johnstown High to a pair of PIAA playoff appearances and district titles.

Dominique Maiden    6-5    190    WR    Temecula, Calif.

Chose WVU over: Alabama-Birmingham, UMass, Tulane

FYI: Spent last season at California’s Riverside Community College, catching eight touchdowns.

Lamonte McDougle    6-1    295    DT    Deerfield Beach, Fla.

Chose WVU over: Washington State, Purdue, Florida International

FYI: Helped his high school team make it all the way to Florida Class 8A semifinals.

Derrek Pitts    6-1    174    S    Charleston, W.Va.

Chose WVU over: Penn State, Tennessee, Florida, Maryland

FYI: First team all-stater and Charleston Herald-Mail player of the year made 348 career tackles.

Quondarius Qualls    6-2    220    LB    Farmerville, La.

Chose WVU over: Southern Mississippi, Central Florida, New Mexico State

FYI: Recorded 16.5 tackles for loss last season at Northwest Mississippi Community College.

Reggie Roberson    6-0    180    WR    Mesquite, Texas

Chose WVU over: Illinois, Utah, Washington State

FYI: Caught 60 passes for 1,057 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior.

Kenny Robinson    6-2    200    S    Pittsburgh, Pa.

Chose WVU over: Pitt, Iowa State, Virginia Tech

FYI: University Prep transfer made Class 1A all-state this season at Imani Christian.

Ezekiel Rose    6-3    230    DE    Clarksdale, Miss.

Chose WVU over: Mississippi State, Marshall, Southern Mississippi, Louisiana-Lafayette

FYI: Made 6.5 sacks last season at East Mississippi Junior College.

David Sills    6-3    198    WR    Wlmington, Del.

Chose WVU over: Southern Cal

FYI: JUCO returnee was offered scholarship by Lane Kiffin as a quarterback in seventh grade.

Alec Sinkfield    5-10    190    RB    Delray Beach, Fla.

Chose WVU over: Louisville, Syracuse, Kentucky

FYI: Has played on the American Heritage varsity since seventh grade.

Collin Smith    6-0    196    S    Ligonier, Pa.

Chose WVU over: Michigan, Boston College

FYI: Key player in Ligonier Valley’s march to first ever District 6 title and berth in PIAA Class 2A semifinals.

Darius Stills    6-3    280    DT    Fairmont, W.Va.

Chose WVU over: Rutgers, Appalachian State, Kent State, Liberty

FYI: Former Scarlet Knight commit’s younger brother is a top class of 2018 prospect.

Tyler Thurmond    6-6    275    OT    Buford, Ga.

Chose WVU over: Texas-San Antonio, Ohio, East Carolina, Old Dominion

FYI: One of three major college recruits from an offensive line that blocked for two 1,000-yard rushers.

Kelby Wickline    6-5    276    OT    Stillwater, Okla.

Chose WVU over: North Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri

FYI: All-Mississippi Associations of Community & Junior Colleges first teamer has three years of eligibility.

Maverick Wolfley    6-3    225    RB    Morgantown, W.Va.

Chose WVU over: No other offers (committed as a HS freshman).

FYI: Grandson of Steeler great Ray Mansfield and nephew of former NFL players Ron and Craig Wolfley.