Unless there is a late commitment coming, Penn State will finish Wednesday without the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation for 2018.
Brian Hightower, the No. 40 player in the nation and No. 6 wide receiver, committed Wednesday evening to Miami. By adding him, the Hurricanes moved past Penn State and into the No. 1 spot in the 247Sports composite team rankings.
It is the first time Penn State has not held the top spot in this recruiting cycle in 2017.
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— Brian Hightower (@longlivee14) March 2, 2017
Hightower is going to play at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., this season. The Hurricanes landed his quarterback at IMG, Arthur Sitkowski, over the weekend. He’s ranked in the top 75 overall nationally, and the New Jersey native is the No. 4 pro-style quarterback.
Miami now has 13 commitments, which is the most in the country. The Hurricanes have one 5-star prospect and six 4-star recruits committed.
Penn State has one 5-star prospect (defensive end Micah Parsons) committed and nine 4-star players. Ten blue-chip commits is two more than any other team in the nation (Notre Dame is second with eight).
The Nittany Lions also have two players, running back Ricky Slade and quarterback Justin Fields, who are ranked in the top 35 overall and have an excellent chance to end up as 5-star recruits. Penn State has never signed three 5-star prospects in a recruiting class.
Penn State took the early lead in the 2018 recruiting class, but each cycle is a marathon, not a sprint. There remains a long way to go in the recruiting process, and the Nittany Lions just had, by all accounts, a very successful junior day in State College with a bunch of top prospects on campus.