With 23 commits already in the fold, Penn State’s 2018 class is essentially wrapped up. There appears to only be room for two-ish more prospects at this point, so let’s take a look at where the Nittany Lions stand with their targets.
8. JUCO OT T.J. Bradley (Leesburg, VA)
The Lackawanna C.C. big man has been a Penn State target since landing an offer from the Nittany Lions in April, but with the recent addition of OG Juice Scruggs, the numbers available on the offensive line has dwindled to just one. Expect Penn State to hold out for Rasheed Walker, making the chances that Bradley ends up in the class small. Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia Tech are all in the thick of things here, meaning there’s a very good chance that Bradley will face Penn State at some point during his college career.
7. WR Jahan Dotson (Nazareth, PA)
Weird recruitment. Penn State offered early, but then cooled on the PA wideout after some below average athletic testing numbers. The Nittany Lions eventually came back around — probably because his film is stupid good — and it looked as though it was just a matter of when, not if, Dotson would pull the trigger for Penn State. Obviously, said trigger was never pulled, and now it looks like Dotson may have lost his spot. Will be interesting to see if he’s a take at Ohio State, where he camped in July, because if not, he might be shut out of his top three schools.
6. Safety/LB Kwantel Raines (Aliquippa, PA)
Like the wide receivers, Penn State probably has Raines in wait-and-see mode. The good news for the Nittany Lions is that Raines probably won’t decide for a while, giving them plenty of time to sort out their options. But even if Penn State had a ton of room, Raines — like any Aliquippa product — is far from a slam dunk to end up in Happy Valley.
5. WR Solomon Enis (Phoenix, AZ)
Along the same line of thinking as Raines, the fact that Enis isn’t deciding anytime soon is a positive for Penn State. The Nittany Lion legacy will be back in Happy Valley the last weekend of September for the Indiana game, where Penn State should have a better idea of the spots in the class.
4. DE/DT Tyreke Smith (Columbus, OH)
This is the part of the board that gets simple. If any of the remaining prospects want in, room will be made because they’ll have a spot. Smith has been a steady visitor to Happy Valley this offseason, but it’s tough to see him ending up anywhere but Ohio State. Still, expect the Nittany Lions to host Smith for an official visit, where they’ll have one last chance to sway the 6-foot-3, 260-pound athlete.
3. DE Micah Parsons (Harrisburg, PA)
We all know the story here. Ohio State is the leader for the ex-Penn State commit, but another championship-caliber season from the Nittany Lions might be enough to put Penn State over the top. Parsons will be making his announcement at the Under Armour All-American Game.
2. DE Jayson Oweh (Blairstown, NJ)
The Nittany Lions are battling Ohio State (notice a theme?) for the four-star New Jersey defensive end, who recently pushed back his decision and will now be announcing at the Under Armour All-American Game. Out of the three defensive end prospects Penn State is battling the Buckeyes for, Oweh probably has the best chance of ending up in Blue and White.
1. OT Rasheed Walker (Waldorf, MD)
Penn State is the longtime leader for Walker, who has been on commit watch for a couple months now. While he has yet to make the call for the Nittany Lions, all signs still point to Walker ending up at Penn State. A Nana Asiedu and Rasheed Walker combo at offensive tackle gives me the tingles.