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Blessed & Honored: 12/22/2020

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With the early signing period in the review mirror, where do the Nittany Lions stand on the recruiting trail?

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When last Wednesday’s early signing period began Penn State had 15 commits. They are still at 15 commits, and by 10 AM Wednesday all 15 commits had signed with the Nittany Lions.

Penn State had hoped to land running back Deshun Murrell, however, he signed with the UCLA Bruins last Friday. While the Nittany Lions may have still been in the market for a running back, with the addition of grad transfer John Lovett on Monday, odds are, they will now skip running back in this class.

While Penn State’s class is not as highly rated as fans have become accustomed to under James Franklin, it is not bad, either. While the class ranks 21st nationally according to 247Sports, making it Penn State’s first class outside the top 20 since 2014, their average rating is .8893, which is the 16th best in the country. Having a small class, especially when it includes a kicker, will drag its ranking down.

Moving forward, Penn State will still look to address some needs before February’s traditional signing day. They will look to add another offensive tackle, as well as a player or two on the defensive line.


Speaking of 2021 defensive lineman, defensive tackle George Rooks still remains on the board. The four-star New Jersey product did not sign during the early signing period and will now sign in February.

Leading up to the end of the early signing period last Friday a pair of 247Sports crystal balls were logged for Rooks. Both of these crystal balls were in favor of the Nittany Lions. Penn State now holds two of the four 247Sports crystal balls that are logged for Rooks.

Rooks attends St. Peter’s Prep in New Jersey. SPP is one of the best programs in the region, but is one, despite holding commitments at times, James Franklin has failed to land a player from during his tenure in Happy Valley. This combined with Rooks being a highly ranked defensive tackle would make wrapping up this recruitment in January a huge win for the Nittany Lions.