Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 Penn State Nittany Lion recruiting class.
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There are more elite of elite superstar prospects in this year’s class – there isn’t a Micah Parsons in this one – but it’s awfully deep and very good. Don’t get caught up in the rankings here – everything’s more than fine. It’s not going to get as much love as several of the top SEC teams, but in a down year for Big Ten recruiting, it’s strong.
There are plenty of bodies and lots of options. It would’ve been nice if James Franklin could’ve landed Justin Fields as a grad transfer over Ohio State – the Nittany Lions were right there for him last year – but overall, the talent is in place to keep this all going and stay in the mix for the Big Ten title. Talent won’t be a problem.
No, Fields isn’t a Nittany Lion, but two quarterbacks are coming in with the type of baller skills to make a push for spots on the depth chart. Ta’Quan Roberson isn’t big, but he can move, and Michael Johnson is an Oregon native who got away from the Ducks.
The pass rusher are rolling in. It’ll be hard to come up with an all-around playmaker at linebacker like Parsons, but after one defensive end coming in last season, Franklin signed on three. Hakeem Beamon and Adisa Isaac are going to be interesting options in the near future. These two should eventually help out …
The new defensive backs. The three signed last year were fantastic recruits, but there are more of them this year. In terms of upside, there aren’t any as promising as Trent Gordon and Jordan Miner were – at least according to the scouts – but there are five solid ones. The hope is for two to make a difference.
Devyn Ford and Noah Cain aren’t the running back prospects that Ricky Slade was in last year’s class, but they’re not far off. It’s not a bad thing when Clemson, Ohio State and Georgia are after you, but Slade is likely going to be the No. 1 guy. Ford and Cain should eventually form a killer 1-2 punch.
It’s a light group on the O line, but Caedan Wallace is eventually going to be an All-Big Ten performer in the interior. The guard prospect was pressed by Oklahoma, LSU and South Carolina, but once he adds a few pounds, look out.
Next year, Franklin needs more defensive tackles. The four signed over the last two years are good prospects, but a few bulky space-eaters are needed. There have to be more bodies to throw into the equation.
It’s going to sound really, really picky, but overall, it’s a class of very good players who don’t have quite the pop of last year’s group up top. Most programs would love to pull in a haul like this, but it’s not the killer that’s guaranteed to pump out a slew of NFL Draft picks. However, it’s good enough to hang around the top ten in everyone’s final rankings.