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Penn State's James Franklin has reshuffled his coaching staff for 2018.

Penn State assistants swap positions; early recruits make ESPN’s final top 300 list

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Swapping spots

A day after word came out that Ja’Juan Seider would join James Franklin’s staff at Penn State, Franklin made it official on Thursday. However Seider, thought to replace Josh Gattis as wide receivers coach, will instead be the running backs coach, writes The Daily Collegian’s Matt Martell.

That means, David Corley, hired a few weeks ago to replace Charles Huff as running backs coach, will move to wide receivers coach.

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The Nittany Lions also announced they’ve elevated defensive line coach Sean Spencer to the role of assistant head coach.

An offer on the table

With the rest of its Class of 2018 set to decide or sign Feb. 7, Penn State is already looking ahead to 2019, and 2020. Andrew Callahan of Lions 247 writes that the Nittany Lions have offered Cincinnati offensive lineman Paris Johnson Jr.

Johnson Jr. tweeted the news out himself on Thursday.

Johnson Jr. also received an offer from Northwestern and Iowa State on Thursday.

Top 20 material

Of Penn State’s early signees, 12 landed inside’s final top 300 player rankings according to’s Gerry Hamilton.

No surprise all three are expected to compete for early playing time during the spring practice session and once the 2018 season kicks off. Greg Pickel of PennLive has a rundown of the rest of the early signees and where they rank in the list.

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Early projections

While Penn State’s top three early signees should compete for playing time, it seems one, linebacker Micah Parsons, will for sure.

Black Shoes Diaries took an early stab at the Penn State defensive depth chart, Parsons is penciled in to start at middle linebacker in BSD’s best guess.

Making an impression

DaeSean Hamilton has been drawing rave reviews from NFL scouts at the Senior Bowl this week. On Wednesday, writer Daniel Jeremiah wrote that Hamilton has been the best route runner through the early part of the week.

Now word comes from Patrik Walker of 247 Sports that the Dallas Cowboys are planning to meet with Hamilton.

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