Penn State built substantial momentum on the college football recruiting trail in May and didn’t wait long to sustain it in a new month. The Nittany Lions landed verbal commitment No. 9 of the 2019 cycle on June 1, and has tripled its class size since May 17.
Another eventful few days are upcoming for Penn State, as several premier prospects are set to visit Happy Valley this weekend. The Nittany Lions will welcome top recruits from across the country, and even beyond the United States.
Here’s the latest rundown of Penn State recruiting developments.
Where Penn State’s recruiting class ranks
Penn State, carrying nine verbal pledges in its 2019 recruiting cycle, is listed 17th overall in the 247Sports composite class rankings. The Nittany Lions are ranked third among Big Ten programs. Alabama claims the top-ranked class across college football, while Michigan (No. 7 overall) sets the pace among conference opponents.
Latest news for Penn State football recruiting
- Penn State secures a commitment from 4-star defensive lineman Hakeem Beamon.
- Elite dual-threat quarterback Michael Johnson Jr. excited for cross-country trip to Penn State.
- Receiver John Metchie calls family visit to Happy Valley a “big step” in his recruitment.
- South Florida receiver John Dunmore schedules an official visit to Penn State.
- Top-ranked West Coast running back Austin Jones places Penn State in top group.
- Nittany Lions in Big Ten battle for linebacker Lance Dixon, who visits this weekend.
- A look at what’s next in Penn State’s pursuit of defensive backs after Cam’Ron Kelly committed to Virginia Tech.
Penn State 2019 offers, by the numbers
*Based on 247Sports composite rankings.
- Reported offers: 176
- 5-star offers: 13
- 4-star offers: 113
- In-state recruits offered: 5
- California recruits offered: 7
- Florida recruits offered: 28
- Georgia recruits offered: 20
- New Jersey recruits offered: 6
- Ohio recruits offered: 8
- Texas recruits offered: 13
Penn State football’s 2019 class
There are nine recruits committed. They are listed in order of composite ranking.
- LB Brandon Smith, Louisa County (Mineral, Va.)
- RB Devyn Ford, North Stafford (Va.)
- OL Caedan Wallace, Hun School (Princeton, N.J.)
- DE Hakeem Beamon, Lloyd C. Bird (Chesterfield, Va.)
- CB Marquis Wilson, Avon Old Farms (Conn.)
- CB/S Tyler Rudolph, St. Thomas More (Oakdale, Conn.)
- QB Taquan Roberson, DePaul Catholic (Wayne, N.J.)
- CB Keaton Ellis, State College (Pa.)
- S Jaquan Brisker, Lackawanna College (Scranton, Pa.)
Top uncommitted Penn State targets
The Nittany Lions continue the search for talent in the 2019 recruiting cycle. Here are some notable highly ranked targets.
- 5-star DE Zach Harrison, Lewis Center (Ohio): Harrison attends Olentangy Orange High School, which is approximately 15 miles north of Ohio Stadium. Ohio State will be difficult to beat here but Big Ten rivals Michigan and Penn State are pushing hard. Harrison used an official visit in Happy Valley for the Nittany Lions’ spring game.
- 4-star DB Lewis Cine, Dallas: Cine, considered a top-5 safety prospect, visited only one university during the 2017 season: Penn State. He will return to State College this weekend for an official visit before taking trips to Texas and Michigan. Cine relocated from Massachusetts to Texas this offseason, so dynamics have definitely evolved.
- 4-star WR John Metchie, Brampton (Ontario, Canada): Penn State was among the earliest Power 5 programs to recognize Metchie’s talent, extending an offer last July after his appearance at a Nittany Lions camp. His list of options since April has swelled to include Alabama, Georgia and Texas. A frequent Happy Valley visitor, he’ll wrap up his prep career at Peddie School (Hightstown, N.J.) after starring at St. James School (Hagerstown, Md.).
- 4-star RB Noah Cain, Baton Rouge (La.): Cain plans to return this summer alongside his mother. Though his personal roots are in Louisiana, Cain has lived an eclectic adolescence. He emerged as a highly offered target in the Dallas area before transferring to national prep powerhouse IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.). Cain visited Penn State for the first time in April.
Geographical breakdown of Penn State class
Here is a review of Penn State’s commits by state:
- Virginia: 3 (Beamon, Ford, Smith)
- Connecticut: 2 (Rudolph, Wilson)
- New Jersey: 2 (Roberson, Wallace)
- Pennsylvania: 2 (Brisker, Ellis)