The 2018 Penn State Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Classes and rankings to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 7
Penn State Recruiting Class Overview
Fantastic. James Franklin has done a phenomenal job of recruiting from the moment he set foot on campus, but this might just be his best job yet. He’s hauling in a whole lot of big-time talents putting Penn State among the elite of the elite on the recruiting trail. Franklin has created a machine for bringing in talent.
There’s a little something for everywhere, with a loaded group of defensive backs coming in, next-level defensive tackle prospects signing on, and special linebackers to help put together what should be an absolute whale of a defense a few years from now, if not add to the depth now.
Overall, the defensive talent is stronger than the offensive side by just a smidge, but …
The Penn State Class Is Heavy On (so far) …
And throw in the NFL talents in Zack Kuntz and Pat Freiermuth at tight end, too.
6-4, 220-pound Justin Shorter was the biggest of gets for a special group of receivers, but any of the four in the mix would the star of most classes, including Jahan Dotson and Daniel George – more good-sized targets with all the skills.
The Star of the Penn State Class Is …
LB Micah Parsons, 6-3, 245
A relatively local product from Harrisburg, Parsons was the prospect Franklin really, really needed. It was a good class, and Parsons had verbally committed, but Georgia and Oklahoma were right there up until he signed on the dotted line.
In terms of checking all of the boxes, Parsons is it for a linebacker who can line up anywhere, or pack on a few more pounds and become a devastating defensive end who’ll live in opposing backfields.
The Penn State Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
The Nittany Lions need to rebuild the defensive tackle situation, they could use another Saquon Barkley – if one exists – but the secondary is going to be the biggest problem with all four starters gone.
There are jobs open right away for Jordan Miller and Trent Gordon, two four-start talents with tremendous quickness and the skills to add to the depth right away if needed.