National Signing Day sits just a mere day away. By tomorrow evening, Penn State will officially be the home of a brand new recruiting class of 2015. The players expected to sign tomorrow are as follows...
|Name||Position||Star Rating||High School||Height/Weight|
|John Reid||CB||★★★★||St. Joseph's (PA)||5'10"/180|
|Sterling Jenkins*||OT||★★★★||Baldwin (PA)||6'8"/305|
|Juwan Johnson||WR||★★★★||Glassboro (NJ)||6'4"/200|
|Ryan Bates||OL||★★★★||Archbishop Wood (PA)||6'5"/280|
|Saquon Barkley||RB||★★★★||Whitehall (PA)||5'11"/190|
|Andre Robinson||RB||★★★★||Bishop Mcdevitt (PA)||5'9"/205|
|Steven Gonzalez||OG||★★★||Union City (NJ)||6'3"/300|
|Kamonte Carter||ATH||★★★★||Gaithersburg (MD)||6'4"/235|
|Brandon Polk||WR||★★★★||Briar Woods (VA)||5'9"/152|
|Manny Bowen||LB||★★★★||Barnegat (NJ)||6'2"/206|
|Tommy Stevens*||Dual-Threat QB||★★★||Decatur Central (IN)||6'4"/200|
|Daiquan Kelly||ATH||★★★||Union City (NJ)||6'2"/206|
|Irvin Charles||WR||★★★★||Paul VI (NJ)||6'4"/212|
|Ryan Buchholz||DE||★★★★||Great Valley (PA)||6'6"/240|
|Jake Cooper||LB||★★★||Archbishop Wood (PA)||6'1"/220|
|Jonathan Holland||DE||★★★||The Bullis School (MD)||6'4"/240|
|Ayron Monroe||S||★★★||St. John's College (DC)||6'0"/195|
|Jarvis Miller||S||★★★||Suffield (CT)||6'2"/188|
|Paris Palmer*||OT||★★★★||Lackawanna C.C. (PA)||6'8"/305|
|Garrett Taylor||CB||★★★★||St. Christopher's School (VA)||6'1"/195|
|Shareef Miller||DE||★★★||Philadelphia (PA)||6'5"/220|
|Robert Windsor||DT||★★★||Fond Du Lac (WI)||6'5"/278|
|Nick Bowers||TE||★★★||Kittanning (PA)||6'4"/254|
|John Petrishen||S||★★★||Pittsburgh (PA)||6'1"/190|
Sterling Jenkins, Tommy Stevens and Paris Palmer all enrolled in the winter, so they will not be participating in the fax bonanza tomorrow, but I'm sure they'll make an appearance in the Lasch Building for the festivities, as well.
Penn State technically still has one open spot left for the 2015 class. The blindly optimistic Penn State fan will say that the staff is keeping it open for a Signing Day flip by Christian Wilkins from Clemson to Penn State. The realistic Penn State fan will say that the spot will be filled by Stanford transfer, OG Kevin Reihner (Scranton, PA). The Penn State fan who enjoys surprises will say that this year's class will be filled by another surprise signing day decision from someone not previously on the radar. All of these types of Penn State fans exist. I won't tell you who to be.
**UPDATE: The final spot has been filled by former Pitt commit, LB Kevin Givens.**
Tomorrow, our early morning coverage will kick off with the welcoming of our three early enrollments. As the faxes start rolling in, every player who signs on tomorrow will be added to our official BSD Draft Board. That board will be the main navigation source for the entire day, as each individual article will not be posted by itself on the front page. The draft board will include cards for each player with some basic information, and will also serve as the clickable link jumps to their feature article, which will break down everything you need to know about them.
I'd like to quickly give a shout out in advance to everyone who helped out with this year'rs coverage. Thank you to Bill DiFilippo, Matt de Bear and Cari Greene for each taking a big part in writing up the articles for the players this year. Thank you to Dave DeAngelo (you touch-a my car, I break-a your face) in helping generate the initial ideas for how the draft board will look. And a HUGE thank you to misdreavus79 for actually building the draft cards for the board. All of these people worked far harder than I could have asked to make this a success, and to make National Signing Day exciting and fun for all of us.
And while we're at it, I'd like to give two more specific shout outs. First, to Matt de Bear. His work since being added to the staff has not only allowed BSD to continue having consistent recruiting coverage, but has added yet another perspective from someone who spent time covering recruiting in his own right over on Victory Bell Rings. Without him around, our recruiting coverage wouldn't be nearly as strong as it has been. The other shout out goes to Bill DiFilippo. Thanks to Bill, all of my plans for National Signing Day are able to come to fruition. So thank you to Bill, for agreeing to be the one to stick around and pump out all of the official signing posts as they roll in.
Tomorrow will be the beginning of a new kind of National Signing Day coverage for Black Shoe Diaries. I hope you come along for the ride.