National Signing Day: Penn State football updates, commitments, 2020 signees

Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

National Signing Day Pt. II is upon us and we’re tracking all the daily updates from the Penn State Football team as they wrap up the class of 2020.

February 5, 2020 brings with it National Signing Day part two for the 2020 recruiting cycle and we’re here to update as the commitments, rumors, news and 2020 signees come on board with the Penn State football team.

Update: 12:40 am ET —

James Franklin addressed the media

Head coach James Franklin talked about everything from his recruiting class to his new coaching staff and all things in between in his annual National Signing Day press conference. We followed along and noted the highlights here.

Update: 10:36 am ET —

National top 10 player Broderick Jones selects Georgia

Broderick Jones, committed to Georgia since 2018, announced his decision to stay true and play college football for the Georgia Bulldogs on National Signing Day. Jones was ranked as the nation’s 11th-best player in the country and second-best offensive tackle by 247Sports while Rivals had him as the fifth-best player in the country and best offensive tackle. He selected Georgia over Arkansas, Illinois and Auburn.

Good for Penn State in that he won’t be in the Big Ten. Good indeed.

Update: 10:00 am ET —

In an uneventful morning, we turn to those already enrolled players

Reminder to take a look at our previous recruit spotlight series on those players who have already enrolled:

S Enzo Jennings
TE Theo Johnson
LB Curtis Jacobs earns his fifth star

Update: 9:00 am ET —

Still some big unsigned prospects left, when are they announcing?

Penn State’s class is largely in check and known but what impact will some of those other top names that remain unsigned have for the Nittany Lions? Several of the country’s top players who have yet to sign their letter of intent plan to announce their commitments today, and some of them will have a direct impact on Penn State over the coming years.

A lot of the top players committing on National Signing Day 2020 have chosen a few final teams and those few teams certainly lie around the SEC. However, starting at 10:00 am ET, 3-star running back and the 36th-best safety in the country Darvon Hubbard will be deciding between Texas A&M and Purdue. Anytime a big name player commits to the Big Ten over an SEC school, it’s big news.

Perhaps the biggest news of the day will come at 10:00 am ET as well when five-star, No. 1 overall offensive tackle Broderick Jones will announce his decision officially. Jones has been committed to Georgia since 2018 but he’ll announce his final decision between the Bulldogs, Illinois and Arkansas today. That would be an incredible get for the Big Ten and Illinois especially, and directly impact the defensive lines for the Nittany Lions if and when the meet the Illini.

Purdue also has a top player making his commitment today and deciding between the Boilermakers and a couple others as the nation’s 14th-ranked quarterback, Malik Hornsby, will be announcing his school of choice at 3:00 pm ET. He’s deciding between Purdue, Arkansas and Baylor.

Update: 8:30 am ET —

Penn State brings on Jake Wilson, defensive end from Nazareth High School.

Wilson, a widely unknown recruit from the Power-5 schools, held offers from Army as well as Ivy League schools Brown and Yale. He stands at 6-foot-3 and 221 pounds and enters the fold as a preferred run-on to the Penn State defensive line.

Let’s get to work, Jake!

Update: 8:00 am ET —

Penn State welcomes punter Levi Forrest from Richlands, Virginia.

Forrest is a 2-star punter according to 247Sports and the 15th-ranked punter in the country. At 6-foot-6, 175 pounds, Forrest was also ranked as a 2-star punter from Rivals and had offers from Arkansas State and Marshall. With a background in both placekicking and punting, Forrest may see immediate playing time with a vacancy at kicker and punter Bradley King a rising junior.

Welcome to the team, Levi!