The December Early Signing Period has come and gone. Penn State headed into December 20th with 20 commits, and finished the period with 21 signatures, adding Micah Parsons and Jahan Dotson to the class, while Shaquon Anderson-Butts held off on signing. Now the Nittany Lions’ attention turns to uncommitted prospects as James Franklin and Co. look to finish off the 2018 class in style.
Before jumping into our big board, it should be noted that this list could grow in the coming weeks. While right now it appears that Penn State is essentially down to five prospects, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see the Nittany Lions throw out another offer or two in the new year.
At one point, Smith would have topped this list. The Nittany Lions were his rumored leader through much of the fall, but following his official visit to Happy Valley in the beginning of December, the tide changed in the favor of the home-state Buckeyes. Smith will announce his college decision at the Under Armour All-American Game on January 4th, and unless he pulls a total stunner, it’ll be for Ohio State.
Despite his Top 100 ranking, Friday has taken his recruitment slowly, not taking any official visits until November 17th when he visited Ohio State. He followed that visit up with trips to Michigan and Alabama, but held off on signing anywhere until February. That decision should play out well in Penn State’s favor, as he’ll now have the opportunity to visit the Nittany Lions in the new year. If Friday makes his way to Happy Valley for a visit, Penn State could become a real contender to earn Friday’s signature.
Enis was featured in a video put out (and then quickly deleted) by Penn State Football’s official twitter account earlier this week, leading some to believe that Enis may have already signed with the Nittany Lions, but is waiting to announce at a later date. Whatever the case is, it’s clear that Penn State is the favorite for the Nittany Lion legacy, whenever he decides to officially make his decision.
If Penn State were to take Enis, he would be the fifth wide receiver in the class, and the eighth wide receiver to sign with the Nittany Lions since 2017. Obviously, that is a lot of wideouts, but a few of these guys have the positional flexibility to play elsewhere. Cameron Sullivan-Brown, Shaquon Anderson-Butts, and even Daniel George could move to safety if needed, so I wouldn’t worry too much about a potential logjam at wide receiver.
Despite almost pulling the trigger for Penn State a couple times throughout the last year, Walker will be taking his recruitment the distance. He’s already used his official visit to Penn State on December 8th, and will now be visiting Columbus sometime in the new year. As has been the case throughout his entire recruitment, Walker’s choice will come down to Penn State and Ohio State. The general consensus seems to be that the Nittany Lions have a slight edge, but it’s just that — slight. With the Buckeyes missing out on Jackson Carman, expect Ohio State to really turn up the heat on Walker.
Since offering Oweh in the spring, Penn State and Ohio State have taken turns leading the recruitment, so not surprisingly, this one will come down to the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes. While the New Jersey defensive end said that the Nittany Lions were his leaders following his official visit back in November, Ohio State regained some momentum following an in-home visit from Urban Meyer, Greg Schiano, and Larry Johnson SR on December 16th. This one truly is a toss up that will have Penn State and Ohio State sweating it out until January 4th.