The 2015 recruiting season is off to a great start for the Penn State Nittany Lions. New head coach James Franklin, who came with a reputation as a great recruiter, is already living up to that in a short amount of time. After bringing in some solid recruits to wrap up the 2014 class, most of which was recruited by former head coach Bill O’Brien, Franklin now gets to recruit his first full class at Penn State for 2015.
To date, the Nittany Lions have received 8 hard commitments. The latest to commit is 4-star wide receiver Juwan Johnson from Glassboro, NJ. Of the commitments thus far, five are 4-star recruits according to 247Sports. Rivals and 247Sports both have the Nittany Lions ranked as the No. 5 class in the country. Scout has Penn State ranked at No 4.
In his first press conference as head coach at Penn State, Franklin vowed to “Dominate the State” in recruiting. Currently there are five recruits from Pennsylvania and three of them our rated as 4-star prospects, including running back Andre Robinson (Harrisburg, PA), who’s one of the best in the nation at his position. Offensive tackle Ryan Bates (Warminster, PA) is a 4-star recruit who’s regarded as one of the top tackles available and Saquon Barkley (Whitehall, PA) is a 4-star wide receiver.
There is good balance to the class at this point, with four offensive recruits and four defensive recruits.
Highlighting things on the defensive side of the ball is 4-star defensive end Kamonte Carter (Gaithersburg, MD). Joining Carter on the defense are two Pennsylvania natives in 3-star linebacker Jake Cooper and 3-star defensive end Ryan Buchholz. 3-star safety Jarvis Miller from Connecticut rounds out the defense so far.
The Nittany Lions are off to a great start early and will look to land even more top recruits before National Signing Day 2015. Penn State has put out offers to many 4 and 5-star recruits, including top-ranked Trent Thompson. It’s clear so far that Franklin is going to attract some of the top talent in the country. That bodes well for the future of football in Happy Valley.
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