Penn State football recruiting efforts reach June with major momentum. The Nittany Lions landed five commitments during the second half of May and more key additions may await in the coming days.
Penn State’s 2019 class includes eight players, half of whom are considered top-5 prospects at their respective position in composite rankings. The Nittany Lions will begin to host high school player camps this weekend as the recruiting cycle reaches another checkpoint.
Here’s the latest rundown of Penn State recruiting developments.
Where Penn State’s recruiting class ranks
Penn State, carrying eight verbal pledges in its 2019 recruiting cycle, is listed 16th 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. 5 overall) sets the pace among conference opponents.
Latest news for Penn State football recruiting
- Penn State completes a May to remember on the recruiting trail.
- Hakeem Beamon, a 4-star defensive line target, will announce his commitment Friday afternoon.
- Defensive back Cam’Ron Kelly adjusts decision timeline; ready to reveal choice June 7.
- Nittany Lions offer Ohio State commit Bryson Shaw, who previously pledged to Wisconsin.
- Penn State continues to assemble elite pieces for next era of “LBU.”
- Hudson Henry, the nation’s top-ranked tight end, includes Nittany Lions in his top 5.
- Nittany Lions no longer in the mix for 5-star tackle Devontae Dobbs.
- A closer look at which positions Penn State is likely to prioritize next in 2019 cycle.
- Penn State offers fast-rising Washington D.C. tackle Walter Rouse.
Penn State 2019 offers, by the numbers
*Based on 247Sports composite rankings.
- Reported offers: 175
- 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 eight 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.)
- 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 on June 8 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:
- Connecticut: 2 (Rudolph, Wilson)
- New Jersey: 2 (Roberson, Wallace)
- Pennsylvania: 2 (Brisker, Ellis)
- Virginia: 2 (Ford, Smith)