Penn State is in the final stages of constructing one of its finest recruiting classes in program history. The Nittany Lions locked in 21 players during the early signing period (Dec. 20-22) and remain in excellent position to add more top talent.
James Franklin and his staff wrap up the season on the field Saturday with a Fiesta Bowl matchup vs. Washington. After that game, focus will be on finishing up the 2018 strong, and that stage is set for key developments in the coming days.
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 they began being tabulated in the early 2000s.
Penn State carries 22 total players in its class, with 21 of them signed. This group represents 11 different states and two nations, headlined by three 5-star recruits and 10 players considered top-10 overall talents at their position.
Latest news for Penn State football recruiting
Fresh off an extremely success early signing period, Penn State shifts sights toward upcoming announcements set to occur Jan. 4 during the Under Armour All-America Game.
The annual showcase event in Orlando, Fla., is broadcast at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2. That’s when we’ll find out where top-10 defensive end recruits Jayson Oweh and Tyreke Smith will play college football.
This pair of blue-chip prospects made official visits to Happy Valley, and both players are also strongly considering Ohio State. At this stage, Oweh seems more likely to land with the Nittany Lions. He is a 6-foot-5, 235-pound playmaker from Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.).
— Jayson Oweh (@JaysonOweh) December 28, 2017
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.)
- 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 fresh off his official visit, the Nittany Lions’ competition includes Maryland, 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 already on board, welcomed him to campus for an official visit Nov. 18.
- DE Jayson Oweh, 4 stars, Blairstown (N.J.): Oweh continues to attract attention from across college football, adding recent offers from Florida, Miami and Michigan. At 6-5 and 236 pounds with sub-4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Oweh recorded 13 sacks in less than five full games as a senior. Ohio State is the primary contender here, while Alabama and Michigan are attempting to make a late push. Oweh, who used an official visit at Penn State on Nov. 18, will commit Jan. 4 during the Under Armour All-America Game.
- DE Tyreke Smith, 4 stars, Cleveland: Smith has developed a strong relationship with the Nittany Lions staff and visited Penn State again last weekend. Like Oweh, he will announce his decision at the Under Armour All-America Game. Along with Penn State, this 6-3, 260-pound playmaker is considering offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon and Southern California.
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: 3/4 (Culpepper, Hawkins, Mustipher)
- 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: 1 (Shorter)
- Texas: 2 (Gordon, Humphries)
- Virginia: 2 (Asiedu, Slade)
- Connecticut: 1 (Levis)
- Illinois: 1 (Effner)
- Iowa: 1 (Pinegar)
- Massachusetts: 1 (Freiermuth)
- Ohio: 1 (Hawkins)