Penn State Early Signing Day Recap
The Early Signing Day period, which has become essentially the official National Signing Day, saw Penn State sign 27 prospects in their 2020 class. As of 2 PM ET on Wednesday, Penn State has the 12th best class nationally and the third best class in the Big Ten behind just Ohio State (3) and Michigan (11). Here is a breakdown of the 2020 recruiting class that James Franklin and his staff brought in on Wednesday.
The 2020 Class By The Numbers
According to 247Sports, this class features 11 4-star prospects and 16 3-star prospects. Two of the prospects, Ji’Ayir Brown and Norval Black, come from the JUCO ranks by way of Lackawanna College in Scranton, PA. As a whole, the 27 recruits that signed on Wednesday come from 14 different states, districts, or countries. Here is the breakdown:
- Pennsylvania (4)
- Virginia (4)
- Maryland (4)
- Florida (2)
- Michigan (2)
- New Jersey (2)
- Canada (2)
- Connecticut (1)
- District of Columbia (1)
- Indiana (1)
- Nevada (1)
- New York (1)
- Ohio (1)
- Texas (1)
In terms of the roster, it seems that James Franklin was able to fill out a well-rounded class that has depth all the way around. Franklin added a QB in this class in dual threat QB Micah Bowens from Nevada. They also added two running backs in the 2020 class, just one year after adding Noah Cain and Devyn Ford in the 2019 class. Caziah Holmes and Keyvone Lee are both 4-star prospects from Florida who will add to an already crowded running back room.
In addition, six wide receivers and tight ends are within this class. TE Theo Johnson is the #3 TE in the class and is a 4-star prospect. Three wide receivers, KeAndre Lambert, Parker Washington, and Jaden Dottin are 4-star prospects, as well. Malick Meiga, a 3-star recruit from Canada, is a 6’4″ WR, and the previously mentioned Norval Black is a 3-star prospect from Lackawanna College.
On the offensive line, Penn State signed five prospects on Wednesday. All five are 3-star prospects, according to 247 Sports. Three of the lineman are offensive tackles and two are slotted to play on the inside at either guard or center. J. Christ, Jimmy Christ that is, is the top rated offensive lineman of the group. He stands at 6′ 7″ 295 lbs from Virginia. Olu Fashanu is a tackle and Golden Israel-Achumba is a guard, both listed at 6′ 5″ 320 lbs, also both from the DMV area. 6′ 5″ 290 lb tackle Ibrahim Traore and 6′ 4″ 300 lb guard Nick Dawkins round out the offensive lineman from the 2020 class. Dawkins is the son of basketball legend Darryl Dawkins.
On the defense, James Franklin made it a priority to continue to beef up the defensive line. Seven defensive linemen signed with Penn State on Wednesday, the most signees of any position in the 2020 class. Cole Brevard and Coziah Izzard are both 4-star prospects listed at defensive tackle. Zurriah Fisher from Aliquippa is also a 4-star prospect that is a 6′ 3″ 255 lb defensive end. The other four defensive ends are Amin Vanover (DE), Brandon Taylor (DE), Bryce Mostella (DE), and Fatorma Mulbah (DT). They are all 3-star prospects.
Behind them, two linebackers, including class headliner Curtis Jacobs, will be Nittany Lions in 2020. Jacobs is the highest ranked player in the Penn State 2020 class, according 247Sports. He is listed as the 44th best prospect in the entire class. The other linebacker in the 2020 class is Tyler Elsdon from Pennsylvania. Elsdon is an inside linebacker who is the 5th best prospect in the state.
Penn State also signed three defensive backs, including 4-star prospect Enzo Jennings. Jennings is the 157th ranked player in the nation. He projects as a safety for the Nittany Lions. The other two defensive backs are rangy 6′ 2″ cornerback Joseph Johnson and JUCO transfer Ji’Ayir Brown.
Tyler Warren is listed as a 6′ 6″ 235 lb athlete. He has high school quarterback experience but has the size of a tight end. It will be interesting what kind of mold the Penn State coaching staff places on Warren when he steps foot on campus.
For more here is James Franklin recapping his 2020 recruiting class with Big Ten Network
For a complete rundown on all 27 recruits from 247Sports, click here.