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National Signing Day 2016: Welcome to Penn State, Brenon Thrift

The Nittany Lions add a JuCo defensive end on Signing Day.


Welcome to Black Shoe Diaries' coverage of National Signing Day 2016. Our goal is to make sure that you know everything you need to know about every member of Penn State's 2016 recruiting class, including what fans should expect from them, some highlight tape and more. We truly appreciate you taking the time to follow along with our coverage of all things Penn State recruiting-related over the past year, and we can't wait to continue to ramp up our coverage for 2017. So whether you've been reading the site for years, or a first-time reader who just stumbled upon Black Shoe Diaries, we hope you stick around.

To read up on all of the other members of the 2016 recruiting class, simply head back to the main draft board, where recruits will be added as their official letters of intent roll in.

Whoo Siren!

Penn State gets some good news on Signing Day, adding a Junior College defensive end/linebacker to the 2016 class. Brenon Thrift originally played for Coach Terry Smith when Smith was at Gateway High School. He then proceeded to commit to play for the Temple Owls, before transferring to Lackawanna Community College.

The strong-side defensive end will help to add depth to a Penn State defensive line that saw more than a few valuable pieces end their time in Happy Valley after the 2015 season, so any depth is welcomed, especially in the form of a player like Thrift, who already has some college-level experience.

Thrift had a unanimous Crystal Ball in favor of Idaho before today, but an offer from his home state and former head coach was enough to sway him to stick around in the great commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


Junior College: Lackawanna Community College (Pa.)

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 270