Penn State carries one of the most impressive 2018 recruiting classes in college football. The Nittany Lions work toward National Signing Day (Feb. 7) with 23 prospects on board, and 22 who already signed letters of intent.
The program continues to seek top talent for its final scholarship slots. Those efforts in the upcoming weeks figure to keep Penn State coaches busy.
Here’s a rundown of the latest Nittany Lions recruiting class developments.
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, and will finish in the top 10 for the first time since 2006.
The 23-member class includes prospects from 11 states and two nations, headlined by three 5-star recruits and 11 players considered top-10 overall talents at their positions. The collection features 13 blue-chip (4- or 5-star) talents.
Latest news for Penn State football recruiting
Penn State welcomed six members of its 2018 recruiting class to campus last weekend for early enrollment. This group consists of cornerback Trent Gordon, safety Isaiah Humphries, tight end Zack Kuntz and three linebackers (Micah Parsons, Jesse Luketa and Nick Tarburton).
They started college courses this week and will compete in spring camp, getting an opportunity to impress coaches before fellow freshmen arrive in the summer. Parsons is the highest-ranked recruit signed by James Franklin, listed No. 5 overall in composite rankings. He was named U.S. Army All-American Bowl Defensive Player of the Year on Jan. 5.
Nittany Lions target Rasheed Walker, a 4-star offensive tackle from Maryland, has planned the final stretch of his recruiting process. He will use one final official visit at Ohio State this month, then follow up previous trips to Penn State and Virginia Tech before announcing his decision on National Signing Day.
Searching for another defensive back, Penn State extended an offer to Southern Cal safety Julius Irvin on Thursday. The Nittany Lions added three newcomers to the secondary during early signing period action.
Penn State 2018 offers, by the numbers
- Reported offers: 155
- 5-star offers: 13
- 4-star offers: 98
- In-state recruits offered: 13
- California recruits offered: 6
- 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 22 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 some 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-foot-6, 300-pound lineman. Franklin has built a strong recruiting track record in Maryland, most recently reeling in commitments from 4-star talents Daniel George and PJ Mustipher. He will visit Columbus in January before announcing a college choice Feb. 7.
- 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.
- S Julius Irvin, 4 stars, Anaheim (Calif.): A two-way standout at Servite High School, Irvin is a late addition to Penn State’s target board. The 6-2, 180-pound prospect caught 5 touchdown passes, collected 52 tackles and intercepted 5 passes in 2017. Notre Dame and USC are among other universities in pursuit of his signature.
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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: 1/2 (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)