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2017 Penn State Nittany Lions Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown

2017 Penn State Nittany Lions Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown

The 2017 Penn State Nittany Lions Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.

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Classes and rankings to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1

Penn State Nittany Lions Recruiting Class Overview

James Franklin is a master salesman. He came up with two great recruiting classes that are soon about to payoff – making the Big Ten champs even stronger – but this one should be his best yet. It might not be the top Big Ten class according to the services, but whatever – it’s close enough to at least be in the discussion. Franklin dominated Pennsylvania for key talents like OG C.J. Thorpe, DE Damion Barber and CB Lamont Wade, but he’s got even more of a national profile now, and it shows. The offensive gets are deeper than the recruits for the defensive side, but it’s a strong class across the board.

The Penn State Nittany Lions Class Is Heavy On …

Defensive backs. The Nittany Lions are loaded up at wide receiver, and the offensive linemen coming in are terrific, but it’s the secondary that has the real talent with Jonathan Sutherland at one safety spot, Brelin Faison-Walden for another, Donovan Johnson a lightning-fast corner, and D.J. Brown a decent prospect with just enough promise to make a splash through the higher-profile prospects. If there are two starters among those four, it’ll be a coup for the recruiting season, mainly because there’s a sure-thing for the secondary in …

The Star of the Penn State Nittany Lions Class Is …

CB Lamont Wade, 5-11, 180, Clairton, PA – Alabama, Ohio State and Oklahoma were in the equation, and Tennessee, UCLA and West Virginia was possibilities, but Penn State got its shutdown corner for the next few years – maybe. There’s an outside chance he finds his way into the offensive backfield as a blazing option who can be used in a variety of ways, but his next-level talent is on the defensive side.

The Penn State Nittany Lions Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …

Pass rusher. 18 Nittany Lions came up with sacks, so several players got to the quarterback, but it was Evan Schwan, Garrett Sickels, and LB Brandon Bell who did a bulk of the heavy lifting behind the line. There are a slew of young options looking to show what they can do at defensive end, but they get to work around a good group of defensive tackles. Even so, this is one of the few areas that’ll need a little attention this spring.