The school is on a recruiting binge, as recruiting rankings have plummeted in recent years, leaving Penn State scrambling to attract top recruits and solidify a spot on the National Championship field.
According to ESPN recruiting analyst Chad Ford, the Nittany Lions are currently in the midst of a “unbelievably” recruiting haul that includes a pair of first-round prospects in quarterback DeAndre Hopkins and running back Derrick Henry, as well as three defensive backs and four offensive linemen.
While the Nats’ class has been highly touted over the past few years, Ford says it’s the “definitive” class.
“This class has more than one of the top players in the country, and it’s been on a full-time recruiting binge,” Ford said on ESPN.
The Nats have signed a pair two-star prospects from the 2017 class, while the two-stars of the 2017 recruiting class, center Andrew Donnal and receiver Daequan Johnson, both have commitments from other programs.
Meanwhile, the class of 2018 is expected to bring in five-star running back Anthony Johnson, who is ranked as high as No. 10 by Rivals.
Ford is confident the Nates’ recruiting will continue to improve after the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, which opens on April 20.
This class, as I’ve written before, has one of, if not the top quarterbacks in the nation in DeAndre H. Hopkins, and DeAndre Henry is the best running back in the state of Penns.
I don’t think we’re done yet.
They have the No. 1 talent and I think the Nattas have some really good players,” Ford added.
Despite the huge haul, Ford thinks the Nits will miss out on some of the most coveted recruits.”
If you’re not willing to take that risk, you’re probably not going to get drafted.””
There’s a lot of money to be made in the NFL and in the college ranks, and a lot is at stake.
If you’re not willing to take that risk, you’re probably not going to get drafted.”