Penn State is set to open its spring camp, representing another key step toward the 2018 season and a fresh phase for recruiting efforts. The Nittany Lions have cast a wide net for elite high school and junior college talent, surpassing 140 total scholarship offers to 2019 prospects.
A revamped spring recruiting calendar allows for official visits, which could drastically alter how college football programs approach this time of the year. Here’s the latest on Penn State’s attempts to land another elite class next National Signing Day.
Where Penn State’s recruiting class ranks
Penn State, carrying two commitments in the 2019 recruiting cycle, is listed 41st overall in the 247Sports composite class rankings. The Nittany Lions sit at No. 9 among Big Ten programs. Miami claims the top-ranked class across college football, while Wisconsin (No. 4 overall) sets the pace among conference opponents.
Latest news for Penn State football recruiting
- Blue-chip Florida defensive lineman schedules official visit to Happy Valley
- Nittany Lions target Georgia Bulldogs defensive back commit Jalen Perry
- Penn State set to host 4-star defensive lineman Steven Faucheux again in April
- Nittany Lions focused on a few premier prospects from Ohio
- Maryland defensive lineman Dominic Bailey‘s recruiting rise features Penn State offer
- James Franklin offers another Lackawanna College offensive lineman
- Elite quarterback target Taisun Phommachanh preparing to trim list
- Coveted Chicago tight end Jahleel Billingsley includes Penn State among favorites
Penn State 2019 offers, by the numbers
*Based on 247Sports composite rankings.
- Reported offers: 142
- 5-star offers: 13
- 4-star offers: 95
- In-state recruits offered: 3
- California recruits offered: 3
- Florida recruits offered: 23
- Georgia recruits offered: 14
- 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 is strong considering Penn State, Ohio State and Virginia Tech, and he will use an official visit in Happy Valley for the Nittany Lions’ Blue-White Game. He rushed for 2,056 yards and 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 Clemson, Georgia, Michigan and Ohio State have entered the mix since Penn State extended an offer in July. He relocated from Massachussetts 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.
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Geographical breakdown of Penn State class
Here is a review of Penn State’s commits by state:
- New Jersey: 1 (Roberson)
- Pennsylvania: 1 (Ellis)