Penn State entered a busy stretch of its football calendar this week, opening a spring practice stretch that culminates April 21 with Blue-White Game festivities. It’s sure to be an especially active time for Nittany Lions recruiting efforts, as the first official visits of the 2019 recruiting cycle start next month.
Penn State coach James Franklin and his staff are focused on maximizing opportunities with a bevy of high school standouts. Here’s a look at the latest Nittany Lions recruiting developments.
Where Penn State’s recruiting class ranks
Penn State, carrying two commitments in the 2019 recruiting cycle, is listed 43rd 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
- Priority offensive line target Caedan Wallace will attend Blue-White Game.
- Elite running back prospect Devyn Ford sees a potential fit in Penn State backfield.
- Connecticut defensive back Tyler Rudolph schedules Penn State official visit, sets commitment timeline.
- Five-star tackle Devontae Dobbs enjoys another “great visit” to Happy Valley.
- Offensive lineman John Olmstead places Penn State in his top 10.
- Conversation with James Franklin made new Nittany Lions target Jared Harrison-Hunte say “wow.”
- Florida cornerback John Dixon being recruited by fellow Tampa area prospect, Penn State signee Jordan Miner.
- Receiver John Dunmore says Penn State assistant is “like my big brother.”
Penn State 2019 offers, by the numbers
*Based on 247Sports composite rankings.
- Reported offers: 146
- 5-star offers: 13
- 4-star offers: 98
- In-state recruits offered: 3
- California recruits offered: 4
- Florida recruits offered: 25
- 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 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 an undetermined June 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 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)