Penn State is now only weeks away from wrapping up an eventful 2018 recruiting cycle with one of college football’s premier classes. The Nittany Lions carry 23 prospects, including 22 players who concluded lengthy recruitments during an inaugural early signing period (Dec. 20-22).
Where Penn State’s recruiting class ranks
The Nittany Lions remain fourth overall in 247Sports’ 2018 composite class rankings, trailing only Georgia, Ohio State and Texas. Penn State has never finished in the top 5 of composite rankings since it began being tabulated in the early 2000s.
Among the 23 members of this class, only Harrisburg (Pa.) High School receiver Shaquon Anderson Butts has yet to sign a letter of intent. This group represents 11 states and two nations, headlined by three 5-star recruits and 11 players considered top-10 overall talents at their position.
Latest news for Penn State football recruiting
Jayson Oweh, a top-10 defensive end prospect from New Jersey, went public with his decision to sign with Penn State on Thursday during the Under Armour All-America Game. He sent in a letter of intent Dec. 22, but kept things quiet leading up to his television announcement.
Meanwhile, fellow 4-star defensive end target Tyreke Smith revealed his commitment to Ohio State early Thursday evening. The Nittany Lions previously hosted him on campus for an official visit.
The class was also represented in All-America Game action by receivers Shaquon Anderson Butts and Justin Shorter, running back Ricky Slade and defensive tackle PJ Mustipher. Slade led all competitors with 11 offensive touches, while Shorter has ambitions of transitioning from 5-star recruit to Nittany Lions starter as a freshman.
Ran into this guy on the field and he's pretty excited, with good reason!
— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) January 5, 2018
Penn State 2018 offers, by the numbers
- Reported offers: 154
- 5-star offers: 13
- 4-star offers: 97
- In-state recruits offered: 13
- California recruits offered: 5
- Florida recruits offered: 20
- Georgia recruits offered: 9
- New Jersey recruits offered: 9
- Ohio recruits offered: 10
- Texas recruits offered: 13
Penn State football’s 2018 class
There are 21 Nittany Lions signees and one committed recruit. They are listed below in order of composite ranking.
- LB Micah Parsons, 5 stars, Harrisburg (Pa.)
- WR Justin Shorter, 5 stars, South Brunswick (N.J.)
- RB Ricky Slade, 5 stars, Woodbridge (Va.)
- T Nana Asiedu, 4 stars, Stafford (Va.)
- DE Jayson Oweh, 4 stars, Blairstown (N.J.)
- DT PJ Mustipher, 4 stars, Owings Mills (Md.)
- TE Zack Kuntz, 4 stars, Camp Hill (Pa.)
- WR Jahan Dotson, 4 stars, Nazareth (Pa.)
- TE Pat Freiermuth, 4 stars, North Andover (Mass.)
- OL Fredrick Scruggs, 4 stars, Erie (Pa.)
- LB Jesse Luketa, 4 stars, Ottawa (Ontario, Canada)
- WR Daniel George, 4 stars, Oxon Hill (Md.)
- LB Nick Tarburton, 4 stars, Perkasie (Pa.)
- CB Jordan Miner, 3 stars, Zephyrhills (Fla.)
- CB Trent Gordon, 3 stars, Manvel (Texas)
- WR Shaquon Anderson-Butts, 3 stars, Harrisburg (Pa.) *committed, but not yet signed
- DT Aeneas Hawkins, 3 stars, Cincinnati
- DT Judge Culpepper, 3 stars, Tampa (Fla.)
- S Isaiah Humphries, 3 stars, Sachse (Texas)
- LB Charlie Katshir, 3 stars, Mechanicsburg (Pa.)
- OL Bryce Effner, 3 stars, Aurora (Ill.)
- QB Will Levis, 3 stars, Middletown (Conn.)
- K Jake Pinegar, 3 stars, Ankeny (Iowa)
Top uncommitted Penn State targets
The Nittany Lions continue to search for more talent in the 2018 recruiting cycle. Here are notable targets looking for the right collegiate fit Penn State is eyeing:
- T Rasheed Walker, 4 stars, Waldorf (Md.): With Walker a month removed from his official visit, the Nittany Lions’ competition includes Ohio State and Virginia Tech for the 6-6, 300-pound lineman. Franklin has built a strong recruiting track record in Maryland, most recently reeling in commitments from 4-star talents George and Mustipher.
- WR Solomon Enis, 4 stars, Phoenix: Enis provides the size (6-4), production (2,000 receiving yards since 2016) and pedigree (his father is former Penn State running back Curtis Enis) college coaches covet. Several Pac-12 schools are in contention to keep Enis near the West Coast. The Nittany Lions, with three receivers signed, welcomed him to campus for an official visit Nov. 18.
— Solomon. (@SolomonEnis) November 20, 2017
Position breakdown for Penn State class
Here’s a breakdown of the number of players by position and how many are projected by Land of 10 to be signed:
- QB: 1/1 (Levis)
- RB: 1/1 (Slade)
- TE: 2/2 (Freiermuth, Kuntz)
- WR: 4/4 (Anderson-Butts, Dotson, George, Shorter)
- OL: 3/4 (Asiedu, Effner, Scruggs)
- DL: 4/4 (Culpepper, Hawkins, Mustipher, Oweh)
- LB: 4/4 (Katshir, Luketa, Parsons, Tarburton)
- CB: 2/2 (Gordon, Miner)
- S: 1/1 (Humphries)
- K: 1/1 (Pinegar)
Geographical breakdown of Penn State class
Here is a review of Penn State’s prospects by state:
- Pennsylvania: 8 (Anderson-Butts, Dotson, Katshir, Kuntz, Luketa, Parsons, Scruggs, Tarburton,)
- Florida: 2 (Culpepper, Miner)
- Maryland: 2 (George, Mustipher)
- New Jersey: 2 (Oweh, Shorter)
- Texas: 2 (Gordon, Humphries)
- Virginia: 2 (Asiedu, Slade)
- Connecticut: 1 (Levis)
- Illinois: 1 (Effner)
- Iowa: 1 (Pinegar)
- Massachusetts: 1 (Freiermuth)
- Ohio: 1 (Hawkins)