Penn State Recruiting: Latest updates on the Nittany Lions’ 2018 class

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Positive news continues to roll in for Penn State on the recruiting trail, as the Nittany Lions landed three more 4-star commits during the past week. This Penn State class now includes 23 prospects, including an all-time program-high 15 blue-chip recruits.

Coach James Franklin and his staff will now face some interesting decisions while filling out the final few scholarship slots in this 2018 cycle.

Where Penn State’s recruiting class ranks

Penn State enters the weekend listed No. 4 overall in 247Sports’ 2018 composite class rankings. A productive week for the red-hot Texas Longhorns bumped the Nittany Lions back one spot. Ohio State, Texas and Miami top the list, in that order.

Penn State trails only Ohio State in Big Ten recruiting rankings, creating a massive gap between other conference opponents such as Michigan (No. 15 nationally), Maryland (No. 18) and Nebraska (No. 23). The class leads all college football programs with 14 4-star pledges, though you must also account for 5-star receiver Justin Shorter.

Latest news for Penn State football recruiting

The Nittany Lions enjoyed their second significant recruiting burst in as many months. Just three weeks after Penn State picked up six commitments between July 14-18, Franklin hit the jackpot again with three top-tier pledges between Aug. 4-10.

Top-ranked Pennsylvania offensive lineman Fredrick Scruggs chose the Nittany Lions over Ohio State on Aug. 4, while top-10 defensive tackle prospect PJ Mustipher followed with his commitment three days later.

Penn State added another elite talent at defensive tackle Thursday morning, learning Aeneas Hawkins is heading to Happy Valley. The Nittany Lions pried him away from his hometown Cincinnati Bearcats, despite significant family ties to the program and university.

Check out his Get Out-inspired commitment video below:

Penn State 2018 offers by the numbers

  • Reported offers: 154
  • 5-star offers: 12
  • 4-star offers: 100
  • In-state recruits offered: 13
  • California recruits offered: 5
  • Florida recruits offered: 20
  • Georgia recruits offered: 9
  • New Jersey recruits offered: 9
  • Ohio recruits offered: 10
  • Texas recruits offered: 13

Penn State football commits for 2018

There currently are 21 Nittany Lions commits. They are listed below in order of composite ranking.

5 top uncommitted Penn State targets

The Nittany Lions continue to search for more talent in the 2018 recruiting cycle. Here are five notable targets still searching for the right collegiate fit.

DE Micah Parsons, 5-star, Harrisburg (Pa.)

The 6-foot-3, 235-pound edge rusher previously spent 14 months committed to the Nittany Lions, but he backed off that verbal pledge April 22. Multiple visits to Happy Valley since and a close relationships with 2017 signee Damion Barber and 2018 commit Saquon Anderson-Butts keep Penn State in a mix that also includes Alabama, Nebraska and Ohio State.

OT Rasheed Walker, 4-star, Waldorf (Md.)

Fresh off a fourth offensive line commitment, things are tightening up in terms of available scholarship offers up front. Walker, who visited campus July 15, may soon become the fifth, and presumably final, member of this group. Junior-college product T.J. Bradley, a 6-9, 300-pound tackle, is another player to monitor at the position. Walker also is considering schools such as Maryland and Virginia Tech.

WR Solomon Enis, 4-star, Phoenix 

Much like the offensive line situation, there is limited room at receiver in the Nittany Lions class. Enis, a 6-4 pass target, is the son of former star Penn State running back Curtis Enis. This father-son duo attended the 2017 spring game together in State College, and Enis has said he intends to return for an official visit during the final weekend of September. Pac-12 contenders Arizona State, Oregon and Southern Cal also loom large here.

DE Jayson Oweh, 4-star, Blairstown (N.J.)

Oweh, a 6-5, 236-pound prospect who didn’t play high school football until 2016, initially aimed to announce a decision before his senior season. However, a public commitment now will wait until the Under Armour All-America Game in January. Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State are the finalists, and he might return to each school for an official visit.

WR Jahan Dotson, 4-star, Nazareth (Pa.)

Dotson spent his junior year out of the state, attending the Peddie School (Hightstown, N.J.), but he’s returned to Nazareth High for his final prep season. It’s where he emerged as a national recruit, collecting more than 1,000 receiving yards and multiple track and field championships as a sophomore. Considered one of the premier slot receivers in this recruiting cycle, he’s mentioned Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State as primary contenders, though a recent visit to Alabama adds another dynamic.

Position breakdown for Penn State commits

Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position and how many are projected by Land of 10 to be signed:

  • QB: 1/1 (Levis)
  • RB: 1/1 (Slade)
  • TE: 2/2 (Freirmuth, Kuntz)
  • WR: 3/4 (Anderson-Butts, George, Shorter)
  • OL: 4/5 (Asiedu, Effner, Reed, Scruggs)
  • DL: 4/5 (Culpepper, Hardy, Hawkins, Mustipher)
  • LB: 3/3 (Katshir, Luketa, Tarburton)
  • CB: 2/2 (Gordon, Miner)
  • S: 2/2 (Humphries, Young)
  • K: 1/1 (Pinegar)

Geographical breakdown of Penn State commits

Here’s a review of Penn State’s commits by state:

  • Pennsylvania: 7 (Anderson-Butts, Katshir, Kuntz, Luketa, Scruggs, Tarburton, Young)
  • Florida: 2 (Culpepper, Miner)
  • Maryland: 2 (George, Mustipher)
  • New Jersey: 2 (Hardy, Shorter)
  • Texas: 2 (Gordon, Humphries)
  • Virginia: 2 (Asiedu, Slade)
  • Connecticut: 1 (Levis)
  • Illinois: 1 (Effner)
  • Iowa: 1 (Pinegar)
  • Massachusetts: 1 (Freiermuth)
  • Michigan: 1 (Reed)
  • Ohio: 1 (Hawkins)

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