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Penn State Football: More Freshmen Arrive As Camp Closes In

by on June 18, 2018 2:00 PM

Seven more true freshmen from Penn State’s heralded 2018 recruiting class arrived on campus Sunday.

Rasheed Walker, Jordan Miner, Aeneas Hawkins, Juice Scruggs, Charlie Katshir, Jahan Dotson, and Ricky Slade Jr. moved into their dorms, meaning 18 of the 23 signees from James Franklin’s first top-five class are now in State College.

Dotson and Katshir represented Pennsylvania in Saturday’s Big 33 Football Classic, which pits players from the Keystone State and Maryland against each other in a friendly game every June.

Maryland won 9-6 on a last-minute field goal at George “Speed” Ebersole Stadium in Harrisburg.

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Oxon Hill, MD, receiver Daniel George checked into his new digs  in University Park last weekend, while PJ Mustipher, Judge Culpepper, Will Levis, and Pat Freiermuth arrived early enough to take classes during the first summer session.

Six additional Nittany Lions were able to participate in spring ball after enrolling last January. Linebackers Micah Parsons and Jesse Luketa put together strong showings in the Blue-White game, tallying eight and four tackles, respectively.

Luketa also recovered a Lamont Wade-forced fumble for the White team in the second quarter of April’s annual spring scrimmage. Texas defensive backs Trent Gordon and Isaiah Humphries used the semester to put on weight and learn Brent Pry’s system, too.

Tight end Zack Kuntz and defensive end Nick Tarburton rounded out the group, with Tarburton earning a coveted spot alongside Parsons on the Blue team, which was comprised mostly of starters and a few second-stringers.

Justin Shorter, Jayson Oweh, Nana Asiedu, Bryce Effner, and Jake Pinegar are the last remaining freshmen who have yet to arrive on campus.

They’ll have time to get acclimated to Penn State’s training and nutrition program prior to the start of preseason camp in early August. The Nittany Lions open their 2018 schedule against Appalachian State on Sept. 1 at 3:30 p.m. in Beaver Stadium.


Ethan Kasales is a freelance writer in State College.
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