Penn State carries 23 prospects in its 2018 recruiting class, including 22 signees and six early enrollees. The Nittany Lions approach National Signing Day (Feb. 7) with one of college football’s most impressive groups of incoming freshmen.
The vast majority of work has been completed but Penn State coach James Franklin and his staff are focused on finishing this cycle strong by adding impressive pieces in February. Here’s a look at the latest regarding Nittany Lions efforts.
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 the 247Sports composite rankings since it began being tabulated in the early 2000s. And the Nittany Lions 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 five top-100 overall recruits and 11 players considered top-10 talents at their positions. The collection features 14 blue-chip (4- or 5-star) talents.
Latest news for Penn State football recruiting
Penn State receivers coach and recruiting offensive coordinator Josh Gattis departs to take job with Alabama Crimson Tide.
James Franklin hires highly respected recruiter and running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider away from Florida Gators.
Plenty of attention placed on uncommitted Penn State targets Rasheed Walker and Solomon Enis.
Ken Montgomery, a 4-star cornerback recruit from Tampa, Fla., will use an official visit in Happy Valley.
Newly enrolled Nittany Lions linebacker Jesse Luketa led 2018 recruiting class following his unique journey from Canada.
Penn State signee Ricky Slade explains how bond is growing between 2018 class members.
After receiving late Nittany Lions offer, 4-star safety Julius Irvin won’t use an official visit at Penn State.
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.)
- DE Jayson Oweh, 4 stars, Blairstown (N.J.)
- T Nana Asiedu, 4 stars, Stafford (Va.)
- 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 (Ottawa, Ont.)
- LB Nick Tarburton, 4 stars, Perkasie (Pa.)
- WR Daniel George, 4 stars, Oxon Hill (Md.)
- CB Jordan Miner, 4 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 George and Mustipher. Walker visited Columbus last weekend, days after receiving an in-home visit from Penn State coaches.
- 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. Pac-12 schools such as Arizona State and Utah are in contention. 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, while a late offer from Alabama will draw him to Tuscaloosa for an official visit this weekend.
- CB Ken Montgomery, 4-stars, Tampa (Fla.): Montgomery committed to UCLA in July after expressing interest in Penn State, though he never visited Happy Valley. The 6-2, 160-pound playmaker backed off his verbal pledge to the Bruins in October and has now resurfaced as a potential late addition. He will use an official visit at Penn State the first weekend of February, while listing Louisville, Maryland and Nebraska among his other options.
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)