The Nittany Lions picked up a huge commitment today from five-star defensive end Shane Simmons of the Class of 2016. Simmons, ranked as the second best defensive end in the class of 2016 and the 25th-best overall player from Rivals, held offers from Ohio State, Alabama, Notre Dame, defending National Champion Florida State and more than a dozen other schools.
Simmons made the announcement today at his high school, DeMatha Catholic, becoming the second commitment in Penn State’s class of 2016, joining four-star running back Miles Sanders. His commitment boosted Penn State’s 2016 recruiting class to No. 10 in the nation, according to 247Sports. Simmons is Penn State’s first five-star recruit since Christian Hackenberg in the class of 2013, and only the third five-star to commit in the past decade.
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Recruiting news has slowed down a bit recently for James Franklin and the Penn State Nittany Lions, but that changed on Sunday. 3-star athlete prospect Myles Hartsfield announced his decision to play college football for the Nittany Lions, becoming the 16th verbal commitment in Penn State’s 2015 class . He announced his decision on Twitter.
Hartsfield played his high school ball in New Jersey and is ranked by Lions247 as the No. 18 overall recruit in that state. Though he played multiple positions in high school and is listed as a safety, he’ll reportedly play cornerback for the Nittany Lions.
Penn State used defensive coordinator Bob Shoop to recruit the 3-star prospect. Aside from the Nittany Lions, Hartsfield was considering offers from Rutgers, Syracuse, West Virginia, Georgia Tech and others.
Currently, the Nittany Lions have eight verbal commitments on the defensive side of the ball, with three in the secondary.
The commitment of Hartsfield is good news, considering that the Nittany Lions had not received any commitments since Indiana linebacker Josh Barajas flipped from Penn State to Notre Dame on May 30. It’s the first commitment since safety Ayron Monroe said he was headed to Happy Valley on May 10.
According to 247Sports, Penn State has the No. 3 class for 2015.
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At the start of the day, Penn State had the No. 2 ranked recruiting class in the country. But by the end of the Blue-White game today, the Nittany Lions might just be No. 1.
James Franklin and Co. picked up a verbal commitment today from defensive tackle Adam McLean. The four-star recruit from North Potomac, Maryland had offers from Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State (where he was recruited by Larry Johnson), and Texas A&M, among dozens of other offers.
McLean had 47 tackles, including 10 for a loss, and seven sacks during his junior campaign in 2013 at Quince Orchard High School. He is a 2015 Under Armour All-American, and carried a 3.3 GPA into his junior season. He had his unofficial visit earlier this week, and came up for today’s Blue-White game.
This is the 12th commitment for the 2015 class, by far the most in the nation, and the eighth four-star player to commit. This is also the seventh ESPN Top 300 recruit in the class — Penn State has never had more than six in one class before.
UNIVERSITY PARK — NFL scouts from 26 teams came and went, in and out of the doors to Penn State’s Holuba Hall on Tuesday.
Inside, former Penn State players spent the morning auditioning for them — some for the second time. Vaunted receiver Allen Robinson was one of them whose aim was to improve his stock before May’s NFL Draft.
“It’s everybody’s dream and I would love to go in the first round,” Robinson said. “But I can’t control that. So wherever I end up going, God has blessed me with being picked by a team once draft weekend happens. So all I can do is stay prepared, stay ready and once my name is called, just try to go there and show those guys what I can do and try to earn a spot on the field.”
Coach Franklin and LaVar Arrington along with Michael Mauti welcomed Penn State’s new recruits at “The Signature Event” held last night at the Bryce Jordan Center. Fans, including students, alumni, former letterman, and current players welcomed all twenty – five of the new members of the 2014 Penn State Signing Class.
“I’m excited for the future of Penn State football”, said Michael Mauti. When asked about what he thought about Coach Franklin, Michael responded ‘It’s pure energy right now. A shot of adrenalin into the Penn State program.” “I’ve got no doubt in my mind that he is going to bring a National Championship to Penn State” Both he and Lavar Arrington were greeted with a standing ovation from the crowd.
“We are a family that nothing or no one will ever, ever break” said Lavar. ‘It’s time to bring the family back together, and I am here to represent that piece .”
Coach Franklin and Lavar then went through the rundown of each member of the signing class, accompanied by a clip of their high school highlight film.
Christian Hackenberg and Jordan Lucas also took the floor to welcome the new recruits. Lucas joked with LaVar about DBU joining the ranks of LBU.
Coach Franklin ended the evening by addressing the crowd. “United we cannot be stopped”. “You’re not going to find a coaching staff or a group of assistants that’s going to work harder to make you guys all proud both on and off the field.”
You can learn more about each member of the 2014 signing class at GoPSUsports.com
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., January 23, 2014 – Penn State fans are invited to hear from head football coach James Franklin as he discusses the Nittany Lions’ Class of 2014 signees on Wednesday, Feb. 5.
“Penn State Football – The Signature Event” will be held in the Bryce Jordan Center on National Letter of Intent Day. The doors will open at 5 p.m. for general admission seating, with the program starting at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event are $5.00 and Penn State students will be admitted for free with a valid Penn State ID at Gate A. The Jordan Center concession stands will be open before and during the event.
“Our staff is so appreciative of the heart-felt welcome from Nittany Nation. The overwhelming support is unrivaled,” said Franklin, who was introduced as head coach on Jan. 11. “We are very excited about the response we have received from recruits, their families and high school coaches. February 5th can’t come soon enough; we are looking forward to welcoming the new additions to our football family.”
Franklin was named the Nittany Lions’ 16th head football coach on Jan. 11. A product of Langhorne, Pa., Franklin led Vanderbilt University to unprecedented success during his three years as head coach, including a pair of nine win seasons and bowl victories the past two years.
Franklin will introduce the members of his coaching staff and speak about each of member of Penn State’s Class of 2014, including the five student-athletes who enrolled in classes earlier this month. Video highlights and biographical information on each signee will be shown on the Jordan Center videoboards while Franklin speaks about each future Nittany Lion.
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The State College Quarterback Club would like to welcome Coach Franklin to the Penn State family! We are all looking for an exciting football season!
Coach Franklin was born in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. He attended Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, and went to college at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, where he played as a quarterback all four years. In that position, he set seven school records and was a Division II player of the year nominee in 1994. Sports Illustratednamed him a National Player of the Week that season. He earned a Bachelors of Science degree in psychology in 1995.
James Franklin was Vanderbilt’s head coach for three seasons, leading them to back-to-back nine-win seasons for the first time in the program’s history. He compiled a 24-15 record, including bowl wins in the past two seasons. He is the 16th person to be named coach for the Nittany Lions.
Welcome to Happy Valley, Coach!
Dear Members of Penn State Quarterback Club,
It was a pleasure meeting many of you at the Quarterback Club Luncheon early September the week we played Eastern Michigan. As current members of the football team Deron and I have built some great friendships and memories. Since we have attended Penn State, it has become obvious that the two biggest things at Penn State are Football and THON. The sad truth is that you rarely hear about the two together, because other than the Make-A-Wish tour of Lasch and participating in athlete hour, the football team has minor involvement in THON itself. We have both become incredibly passionate about THON and this year, we hope to have the honor of dancing in the 46-hour marathon in support of the kids. Our goal is that dancing independently would start a trend of the football team becoming more involved in THON and encourage the younger players to possibly dance in the years to come. We’re sure for those of you who attended Penn State you may have many fond memories involving THON, however I think this quote by our head football coach Bill O’Brien sums it up pretty well:
“To me, that is what Penn State is all about. Courage, honesty, wisdom, and strength. If there is one thing I learned in the last year, that is what we as a student body and a university are all about. People thank me all the time, but I thank them because to me this is the greatest university in the country, in the world, because of days like today.”
It is time to give back to those less fortunate. On average, 46 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer each day. In fact, there are almost 40,000 children undergoing treatment for this disease at any given time. Unfortunately, due to lack of funding for research programs, effective treatments for many types of cancers remain elusive.
Each year, thousands of Penn State students lead a fundraising and awareness campaign in hopes of changing this outcome for these children and their families. These student-led efforts culminate in February with a 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon where volunteers show their support by taking a stand against cancer.
Since 1977, THON has raised more than $101 million for its sole beneficiary, the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Last year alone, THON raised a record-breaking $12.4 million for the fight! Today, a donation to THON means that nearly 96 cents of every dollar is directly battling pediatric cancer and investing in the health of our future. These donations enable the Four Diamonds Fund to provide outstanding care and comprehensive support to children undergoing treatment. Additionally, with the help of THON, Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital is able to lead initiatives for innovative and collaborative cancer research. Because of these efforts, Penn State Hershey continues to be recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation for pediatric cancer care and research.
I would greatly appreciate it if you would join the fight against pediatric cancer today by making a gift to THON in our names. You can donate online at http://giveto.psu.edu/THON-Zanellato-Thompson
For The Kids,
Matt Zanellato #80 and Deron Thompson #36
P.S. You may be able to double your impact through the support of your employer! Find out if your company will match your gift at www.matching.psu.edu. If so, complete your companies matching form and send it in with your donations.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The National Football Foundation (NFF) and the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) announced that Penn State standout John Urschel (Williamsville, N.Y.), the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy recipient, will be honored on the field during the first quarter of the VIZIO BCS National Championship between No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Auburn.
Hello everyone. Due to the impending weather on Saturday dec. 14th, the PIAA football games that were to take place tomorrow have been postponed until Sunday afternoon. The entire Penn State Football coaching staff needs to be at a 6 PM PIAA game in Hershey on Sunday, so they have to leave on a flight at 5:30 PM. Therefore, the Banquet Program will begin at 3:30pm so the Football staff can leave the Banquet at 5:00pm. Please adjust your plans to be in your Banquet seat by 3:30pm. The program will start promptly.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation