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Penn State Football: First Day of College for Early Enrollees

Say “First day of college!”

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It’s a tradition that every school student in the country knows very well, the “first day of school” photos. As many Penn State fans know, Penn State’s incoming freshmen often send photos on Twitter to James Franklin of them in their classes. On Monday, 11 freshmen officially started classes at Penn State as early enrollees.

CB Keaton Ellis

The hometown product out of State College High, Keaton Ellis was the first commitment in the 2019 recruiting class and was a later riser in the class going from a 3-star prospect to a rather strong 4-star prospect.

DE Adisa Issac

Isaac was one of Penn State’s last commitments before early National Signing Day as the four-star recruit and top-100 player (No.79) out of New York committed to the Nittany Lions over schools such as Miami and Texas A&M among others.

QB Michael Johnson Jr. :

The Penn State coaching staff pulled Johnson Jr. out of Oregon and the four-star Under Armour All-American was ranked as the 271st best player in the country and the 8th best dual-threat quarterback in the country.

S Tyler Rudolph:

A four-star safety out of Connecticut, Rudolph was ranked as the 22nd best safety in the country and a top-275 player nationally. He adds to talent to what could become a nasty secondary that the Penn State coaching staff is building.

LB Brandon Smith

The crown jewel of the 2019 recruiting class, linebacker Brandon Smith is a five-star out of Virginia and is ranked as the 25th best player in the 2019 recruiting cycle, the second best inside linebacker and the best player in Virginia.

Other players that enrolled early but did not post photos were;

  • RB Noah Cain:

The Lions’ coaching staff earned an early national signing day commitment from the four-star running back out of IMG Academy over Texas. Cain is one of two running back commits in the class joining four-star Devyn Ford.

  • LB Lance Dixon:

The Michigan native is one recruit that the coaching staff and fans are highly excited about. A top-200 recruit, Dixon is considered the 11th best outside lienbacker in the recruiting cycle.

  • CB Marquis Wilson:

A four-star corner out of Connecticut, Wilson is considered a top-40 cornerback in the country and one of the top 5 players out of Connecticut.

  • TE Brenton Strange:

Penn State’s tight end room is getting deeper with the addition of one of West Virginia’s best talents in the 2019 recruiting class. The four-star recruit committed to the Lions over 16 other scholarship offers. Strange is also ranked as the 14th best tight end in the country.

  • QB TaQuon Roberson:

Roberson is just ranked under Michael Johnson Jr in the recruiting class, as he’s ranked 284th overall (13 spots behind Johnson) and the ninth best dual-threat quarterback (one spot behind Johnson).


Walk-ons deserve love too!

LB Robbie Dwyer

QB Isaac Rumery:

CB Makai Self:

A cornerback out of IMG Academy, Self has played at some of the top prep programs on the east coast. He’ll sure add a competitive edge to the scout team.