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Meet The 2018 Class: Four-Star WR Daniel George

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Taking a prospect-by-prospect look at Penn State’s elite 2018 recruiting class.

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Daniel George was a longtime Penn State lean, eventually making the call for the Nittany Lions during the Lasch Bash weekend. He’ll be teaming up with Justin Shorter, Jahan Dotson, and Shaquon Anderson-Butts to give Penn State one of the very best wide receiver classes in the country.

Vitals

Position Hometown High School Height/Weight 247Composite Rank
Position Hometown High School Height/Weight 247Composite Rank
Wide Receiver Oxon Hill, MD Oxon Hill H.S. 6-foot-2, 210 pounds Four-star (0.9080)

Highlights

Scouting Report

Although George has been overshadowed by his wide receiving counterpart, five-star Justin Shorter, there’s a ton to like about the Maryland wideout. He’s a solidly built wide receiver at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, and has long arms that allow him to play bigger than he actually is. He’s also an elite athlete, having a vertical jump of 35.9 inches and an insane 20-yard shuttle time of 3.92. Those numbers compare favorably to former Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson, who ran a 4.00 second 20-yard shuttle and had a 39-inch vertical at the NFL Combine in 2014. Like Robinson, George isn’t a burner, but has the traits and characteristics to be a solid No. 2 wideout, especially in the red zone due to his strength, length, and leaping ability.

While George will start at wide receiver, what makes him such a valuable prospect is his positional versatility. He played safety in high school, picking off nine passes during his senior season. Although his film doesn’t offer much in the way of tackles (i.e. there are zero highlights of him making tackles), George has the size and athleticism to be a terrific safety, or even a STAR linebacker.

Outlook

George will more than likely redshirt, but after some roster moves at wide receiver, that isn’t locked in stone. Penn State will be replacing four wide receivers — Daesean Hamilton and Saeed Blacknall to graduation, Irvin Charles to a violation of team rules, and Dae’lun Darien who moved over to linebacker, so the position isn’t as crowded as once thought.

When you look at the depth chart, Penn State only returns three wideouts with game experience: Juwan Johnson, DeAndre Thompkins, and Brandon Polk. We’ve heard good things about rising redshirt freshmen Mac Hippenhammer and KJ Hamler, but the opportunity will be there for the 2018 wideouts to crack the depth chart. Obviously, Justin Shorter will play, but it wouldn’t be a total surprise to see George (or Jahan Dotson for that matter) join Shorter as true freshmen who find a spot in Josh Gattis’ rotation.