Penn State is nearly two weeks into spring practice. James Franklin and the Nittany Lions coaching staff continue to sort through a roster that requires several new starters in 2018, while exerting substantial efforts into important recruiting efforts.
Penn State welcomes several prospects to campus this week and a steady flow of visitors awaits in April. The Nittany Lions appear primed to build momentum that results in more verbal commitments in the 2019 recruiting class.
Here’s the latest rundown of Penn State recruiting developments.
Where Penn State’s recruiting class ranks
Penn State, carrying two commitments in the 2019 recruiting cycle, is listed 44th overall in the 247Sports composite class rankings. The Nittany Lions sit at No. 10 among Big Ten programs. Georgia claims the top-ranked class across college football, while Wisconsin (No. 3 overall) sets the pace among conference opponents.
Latest news for Penn State football recruiting
- Penn State make the cut for 5-star cornerback Chris Steele, who eliminates 30 college options.
- Top-ranked New Jersey defensive lineman Antonio Alfano sets a return trip to State College.
- Penn State casts a wide net in search of elite linebacker talent.
- Nittany Lions target yet another Georgia prospect — defensive back Quinton Newsome.
- A recap of Penn State’s key recruiting storylines of March.
- Linebacker Allen Smith lists Penn State among favorite college options.
- Five-star linebacker Brandon Smith ready to get back on campus.
- Quarterback Garrett Shrader looking closely at Penn State and a pair of SEC programs.
- Happy Valley visit impressed 4-star Texas offensive lineman EJ Ndoma-Ogar.
- Top running back recruits embrace competitive Nittany Lions backfield.
- Penn State offers defensive end Justin Eboigbe hours after he releases top-10 list.
- Nittany Lions add Saleem Wormley to large collection of offensive line targets.
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Penn State 2019 offers, by the numbers
*Based on 247Sports composite rankings.
- Reported offers: 149
- 5-star offers: 13
- 4-star offers: 99
- In-state recruits offered: 3
- California recruits offered: 4
- Florida recruits offered: 25
- Georgia recruits offered: 16
- New Jersey recruits offered: 6
- Ohio recruits offered: 8
- Texas recruits offered: 12
Penn State football’s 2019 class
There are two recruits committed. They are listed in order of composite ranking.
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.
- T Devontae Dobbs, Belleville (Mich.): The nation’s top-ranked tackle, Dobbs carries nearly 30 Power 5 offers. He visited Penn State in July and, based on his conversations with Land of 10, Penn State appears primed to last in this recruitment as a long-term contender.
- RB Devyn Ford, Stafford (Va.): Ford has scheduled April official visits to Penn State, Ohio State and Virginia Tech. He will be in Happy Valley for the Nittany Lions’ Blue-White Game before a May 18 commitment announcement. He rushed for 2,056 yards and scored 32 touchdowns in 2017, running behind Penn State tackle signee Nana Asiedu.
- S Lewis Cine, Dallas: Cine, considered a top-5 safety prospect, visited only one university during the 2017 season: Penn State. He named the Nittany Lions his leader in January, though schools such as Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Michigan and Ohio State have entered the mix since Penn State extended an offer in July. He relocated from Massachusetts to Texas this winter.
- LB Andre White, Harrisburg (Pa.): White, one of only two high school juniors in Pennsylvania who claim a Nittany Lions offer, played alongside top-ranked Penn State signee Micah Parsons in 2017 at Harrisburg High School. He led the team with 87 tackles, including 10 for loss, and saw his recruitment expand during recent weeks.
Geographical breakdown of Penn State class
Here is a review of Penn State’s commits by state:
- New Jersey: 1 (Roberson)
- Pennsylvania: 1 (Ellis)