The 2020 early signing period is in the rear view mirror for the Penn State Nittany Lions. Now, its time to name some superlatives for the Nittany Lions talented recruiting class.
BEST POSITION GROUP: Wide Receiver
Tight end and running back could also make strong arguments here, but the edge goes to the receiver group.
KeAndre Lambert, who will enroll in January, is the second highest rated offensive player in the class and was one of the best players on the camp circuit this past spring/summer. Fellow four-star Parker Washington was one of the most productive high school wide receivers in the country and Jaden Dottin shares a lot of the same traits as DaeSean Hamilton.
In addition to a trio of four-star receivers, the Nittany Lions also add Canadian Product Malick Meiga and JUCO wide out Norval Black. While he’s extremely raw and will need to adjust to American rules, Meiga is a physical specimen owing a 4.42 40-yard dash and a 4.08 shuttle at 6-foot-4, 195 pounds. Black was one of the main play makers on a Lackawanna Community College squad that nearly won a JUCO National Championship this past season.
Gerad Parker is about to add a lot of talent to his wide receiver room.
BEST PLAYER: LB Curtis Jacobs
Any time Curtis Jacobs stepped on the field this past fall he was the best player on the field. Considering he plays for DMV powerhouse McDonogh and that McDonogh plays against some of the best teams on the East Coast, that is saying something.
Jacobs is a borderline five-star player, which would give the Nittany Lions a five-star linebacker for a third consecutive class joining Micah Parsons, Brandon Smith and Lance Dixon during that stretch. Jacobs is athletic, physical, he plays violent, and he is a play maker. At Penn State he could star at any of the three linebacker positions, and, to be honest, he could be a star wide receiver as well.
MOST UNDERRATED PLAYER: DT Fatorma Mulbah
There may not have been a less recruited member of Penn State’s 2020 class than defensive tackle Fatorma Mulbah. How this happened is a bit confusing as the Susquehanna native looks like a future handful for opposing offensive line.
Mulbah will need a year or two with Dwight Galt and Sean Spencer to become field ready, but when that time comes he can be a force. The 6-foot-3, 270 pound Mulbah is still new to football and he put together excellent senior film. Mulbah is strong and has great athleticism for his size. In a few years, he will be the latest in a long list of great Nittany Lion defensive linemen.
BIGGEST STATEMENT: RBs Keyvone Lee & Caziah Holmes
Non-southern schools should not be landing multiple four-star running backs out of Florida in the same cycle. Well, the Nittany Lions did just that. Keyvone Lee and Caziah Holmes both signed with the Nittany Lions on Wednesday, giving Penn State one of the best running back duos in the country.
Prior to their official visits over the summer neither Lee nor Holmes seemed destined for Happy Valley. But after James Franklin and JaJuan Seider worked their magic during said visits both Lee and Holmes wound up Nittany Lions. While Lee may be the better running back of the two, Holmes should make an immediate impact as a true freshman in the fall.
IMMEDIATE IMPACT: WR Parker Washington
For the second time Washington makes an appearance on the list.
At 5-foot-10 and already over 200 pounds Washington has a college ready build. He was an absolute play maker in high school, while playing against some of the best competition in the country, and possesses sure hands to go with his 4.5 speed. Washington could play on the outside for the Nittany Lions, but would be an absolute terror in the slot.
If KJ Hamler does indeed go pro Penn State’s wide receiver room entering 2020 will be Jahan Dotson and a bunch of question marks. The depth chart will be wide open and Washington has all the tools needed to make a big impact as a true freshman.
FUTURE CAPTAIN: OL Nick Dawkins
Penn State has signed yet another top-15 recruiting class. However, things were not all roses during this cycle. Throughout the spring and into the summer the Nittany Lions were struggling on the recruiting trail and they seemed to take one body blow after another. One player that never wavered, however, was Parkland (PA) native Nick Dawkins.
The son of former NBA star Darryl ‘Chocolate Thunder’ Dawkins, Nick has some great athletic genes. He also possesses great leadership qualities. After committing to Penn State in April he immediately became a vocal leader and active recruiter for the class, and this never changed. Do not be surprised to see Dawkins as a captain for the Nittany Lions in a few years.