Land of 10/file photo
Wide receiver Solomon Enis could opt to follow in his father Curtis' footsteps and play at Penn State. Enis will announce his decision next week on National Signing Day.

Penn State in mix for several top recruits; showdown looms for Nittany Lions wrestling team

Penn State football is the No. 1 topic in We are… Awake every day — but we cover news, notes and analysis from across Nittany Lions sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Penn State football, recruiting, basketball and more.

Deciding on a legacy

Solomon Enis has a decision to make. Follow his dad Curtis’ path to Penn State or opt to play college football elsewhere.

Enis, a 6-foot-4 wide receiver from Phoenix, will announce his college decision on National Signing Day next Wednesday, according to Richard Orbert of AZCentral.com.

Curtis Enis played for Joe Paterno from 1995-97, rushing for 3,256 yards and 36 touchdowns.

Running in 2019

As Penn State finalizes its Class of 2018, the word on the potential Class of 2019 keeps getting better by the day. Virginia running back Devyn Ford would like to make his verbal commitment in June, but right now he still has Penn State in his top 6 schools, writes Taft Coghill Jr. of the Free Lance-Star.

Ford is the No. 1-rated running back in the country for 2019, according to Rivals.com. 247Sports has him ranked seventh. Ford said his top-6 schools are the Nittany Lions, Ohio State, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma and North Carolina.

A look back

It’s been a successful run for coach James Franklin at Penn State. Two bowl wins, four bowl appearances, a Heisman Trophy candidate, top recruiting classes.

But it wasn’t all easy for Franklin. In fact, putting together his first recruiting class was difficult, but in the end was the catalyst for a Fiesta Bowl victory a few weeks ago.

Land of 10’s Tyler Donohue looks back at Franklin’s first recruiting class.

Donohue writes:

Along the way, Franklin fought to keep O’Brien holdovers such as Marcus Allen and Mark Allen, tight end Mike Gesicki, linebacker Jason Cabinda, cornerback Christian Campbell, safety Troy Apke and receivers Chris Godwin and DeAndre Thompkins.

Imagine for one second, all those players bailing once head coach Bill O’Brien bolted for the NFL. Franklin’s best job so far may have been keeping that core together.

MORE: Want this roundup in your inbox every morning? Sign up here

Showdown Saturday

It does not get any bigger than this for the Penn State wrestling squad.

Ranked No. 1 in America, the Nittany Lions will square off against Ohio State, ranked No. 2. Rec Hall may want to reinforce the foundation for this one.

Buzz over the dual is so great, writes Lauren Muthler of the Centre Daily Times, that former Nittany Lions offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski was asked about it in Minnesota, where he is preparing to line up for the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl against New England.

Writes Muthler:

The demand for tickets inside the 6,500-seat Rec Hall has spiked prices for the few remaining seats into the hundreds.

Tickets are going for as much as $498 for a floor seat on the secondary market.

Needed for ’19

Penn State men’s basketball coach Pat Chambers needed a recruit for 2019, and on Thursday he got one.

Virginia small forward Patrick Kelly, unranked by 247 Sports, committed to Penn State and announced his intentions via Twitter, writes Derek Bannister of Onward State.

Penn State currently has two signees for the Class of 2019, Myles Dread and Rasir Bolton.

Miss previous editions of the Wakeup Call? They can be found here.