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Class of 2012 Penn State Recruiting Signing Day OPEN THREAD

Caring is creepy today. Follow along as we watch the decisions of 18-year old kids enrage grown men and cause others to jump for joy. The first faxes should be rolling in beginning at 7:00 a.m. local (to each recruit) time, and will continue all day.

Who will be the first letter in for Penn State? Given his attitude throughout this process, my money is on Jake Kiley. But we'll wait for updates from Penn State and update accordingly.

The Penn State Class

For your viewing pleasure, the Penn State Class of 2012 (absent from the list below is the ESPN rating for each player, and that's not because of anything to do with their prior coverage of Penn State [I'm avoiding commentary on that issue], but because I find their recruiting coverage abhorrent):

Name Position School City State 247Sports
Bench, Steven QB Cairo Bainbridge GA 3* (82) 2* 3* YES
Davis, DaQuan DB Calvert Hall College Towson MD 3* (83) 3* 2* YES
Dowrey, Derek DL John Handley Winchester VA 3* (84) 3* 2* YES
Gaia, Brian DL Gilman School Baltimore MD 3* (88) 3* 3* YES
Golden, Malik WR Cheshire Academy Cheshire CT 3* (80) 3* 3* YES
James, Jesse TE South Allegheny McKeesport PA 3* (84) 3* 3* YES*
Johnson, Austin DL St. Augustine Prep Richland NJ 3* (86) 3* 3* YES
Kiley, Jake DB New Hampton School New Hampton NH 2* (78) 3* 2* YES
Laurent, Wendy OL Hun School Princeton NJ 3* (80) 3* 2* YES
Lewis, Eugene WR Wyoming Valley West Plymouth PA 4* (92) 4* 4* YES
Lucas, Jordan DB Worcester Academy Worcester MA 3* (81) 3* 3* YES
Lynch, Akeel RB St. Francis Attica NY 4* (92) 3* 3* YES
Pollard, Jamil DT West Deptford Westville NJ 4* (93) 3* 4* YES
Schwan, Evan DL Central Dauphin Harrisburg PA 3* (84) 3* 2* YES
Stanko, Anthony OL Howland Warren OH 3* (83) 3* 3* YES
Warner, Jonathan WR Camas Camas WA 2* (78) 2* 2* YES
Wartman, Nyeem LB Valley View Archbald PA 3* (89) 3* 3* YES
Wilkerson, Brent TE DeMatha Catholic Hyattsville MD 4* (92) 3* 3* YES
Williams, Trevor WR Calvert Hall College Towson MD 3* (80) 3* 3* YES
Average 3.11* (84.68) 2.95* 2.79*

(* - Jesse James was an early enrollee in the Class of '12, which means his scholarship will backdate to the Class of '11. Semantics at this point, but it will be something to watch in the future, especially as it pertains to the SEC oversigning epidemic.)

What Else To Watch For

You won't see Penn State's name show up during any of these announcements, but here are a few names that will be talked about throughout the day (Scout has a really good rundown, as well):

  • Dorial Green-Beckham (WR)
  • Eddie Goldman (DL)
  • Andrus Peat (OL)
  • Aziz Shittu (DL)
  • Stefon Diggs (WR)

Open Thread rules apply. The chart above will be updated as faxes roll in; however, since we can't monitor the news all day, please let us know if a letter of intent comes in. Don't forget to follow along at GoPSUSports and GoPSF for any official updates.

For a good history/outline of National Letter of Intent Day, see the NCAA's article from last year. Other than that, keep it civil in the thread, and if you catch some good reactions from other fans, share accordingly.

UPDATE: Don't forget to send your Recruiting Mailbag questions to (jeffjunstrom AT yahoo DOT com) for the inaugural post sometime in February!