Penn State looks to add final pieces on Signing Day; 8 former Nittany Lions heading to NFL combine
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On the dotted line
Penn State already has a quality 2018 class but still hopes to land a few more prospects Wednesday on National Signing Day, among them wide receiver and Penn State legacy, Solomon Enis from Arizona.
John McGonigal of the Centre Daily Times writes that Penn State has plenty of options if Enis chooses Utah and Wednesday will be the first time new assistant coaches David Cornley and Ja’Juan Seider will answer questions.
Mark Wogenrich of the Allentown Morning Call writes that Penn State is looking to add a few pieces to an already loaded class, currently No. 4 class in the country according to 247 Sports,
A polarizing figure
One key piece already in place is freshman defensive end Micah Parsons, who signed with Penn State in December during the early signing period.
Parsons left an impression on everyone who was around him at the Jan 6 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.
So much so that 247 Sports writer Chris Hummer said Parsons is the most polarizing recruit in all of college football.
At 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, Parsons is the nation’s No. 5 overall prospect in the 2018 class per the 247Sports composite. He’s a sack artist, offensive Swiss Army knife at Harrisburg High School in Pennsylvania and a 100-meter dash star on the track.
He’s also been a lightning rod during the recruiting process.
Parsons is expected to start at middle linebacker for Penn State when they take the field for spring practice.
Early sights on 2020
Penn State will finalize its 2018 class on Wednesday, they are already working on the 2019 recruiting class and now have jumped into the 2020 pool too.
Deerfield, Fla., sophomore running back Jaylan Knighton is the latest recruit to receive an offer from Penn State, writes Lions 247’s Sean Fitz.
Knighton rushed for 1,100 yards as a sophomore and has offers from Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, among others.
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8 is enough
Saquon Barkley will draw all the attention and headlines when he heads to the NFL combine in Indianapolis later this month, but he will be joined by seven former Nittany Lions teammates.
Barkley will with defensive backs Marcus Allen, Troy Apke, Grant Haley and Christian Campbell, wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton, tight end Mike Gesicki and linebacker Jason Cabinda.
The NFL combine is Feb. 27-March 5.
6-pack of questions
Few answers will likely be provided out of National Signing Day, but there are still plenty of questions facing the Penn State football team.
The staff at Pennlive.com poses six of them, one of which revolves around defensive end Shareef Miller, who needs to step up and become one of the best in the Big Ten in 2018 if the Nittany Lions will be successful defensively.
The Lions’ defensive end group is a good one. PSU has six or seven players who can get after the quarterback and the leader of the ends is Shareef Miller, entering his fourth season in State College. Miller significantly raised his level of play in 2017 and finished with 11 tackles for loss, five sacks and nine additional quarterback hits. Miller has speed and power and the prep star from Philadelphia has an NFL future if he continues to develop.
How fast he can develop is the next big question.
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