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Penn State Football: National Signing Day Live Blog

by on February 04, 2015 6:00 AM

Over a year of work has gone into the recruiting class that Penn State football will announce today; a 25 man class is the first true recruiting effort for James Franklin and his staff while at Penn State.

It may be bitterly cold outside, but there is little doubt that the halls of the Lasch football building have been warm for several hours with the hum of fax machines awaiting the first letters of intent to roll in. Those letters will finalize a Top 10, nationally-recognized, recruiting class with 13 four-star players (according to Scout.com.)

It is a haul that brings in a balance of 13 defensive and 12 offensive players.

For Franklin, it's clear his first full class has lived up to its hype. Eleven prospects from inside Pennsylvania will bring their talents to Happy Valley. Nearly all of them are ranked among the Top 15 recruits in the state. According to Scout.com, Penn State landed the top cornerback, offensive tackle, offensive guard, tight end, defensive end, middle linebacker, outside linebacker and both No. 1 and No. 2 running backs in the state.

Franklin said he would dominate the state, and so far he has.

From outside the borders of Pennsylvania, the Nittany Lions plan to welcome 13 other recruits -- 10 of them from the New Jersey, Virginia, Washington, DC and Maryland.

Now that the Big Ten conference has added Maryland and Rutgers to the fold, Penn State's first recruiting class of the expanded Big Ten era is a statement that the new local competition is going to have to work to beat out the biggest kid on the block.

With all 25 players expected to sign on the dotted line Wednesday there is little reason to expect any surprises. Letters of intent can be sent beginning at 7 a.m. according to NCAA rules. There should be no surprises, but until all 25 players are accounted for the book will not yet be closed on the 2015 recruiting class. 

StateCollege.com will bring you updates all morning and afternoon from inside the war room at the Lasch football building, the afternoon press conference with Franklin and his assistants and then again on Wednesday night at the Signature Event.

The Latest:

  • 6:00 AM: In just over an hour the first few faxes should roll through the gates giving Penn State fans some early morning good news.
  • At 7:29 Penn State announces the  the first commit of the 2015 class in Irvin Charles

 

  • By 8:20 six different Nittany Lions have made it to the official draft board inside the Lasch Building with plenty more on the way. The most recent list can be seen below.
  • Just around 11:30 Penn State announced that all Letters of Intent have been received. It officially closes the book on the 2015 recruiting class with no surprises or unexpected bumps along the way.
NamePos HtWtHometownRivalsESPN247Scout

Brandon Polk 

"This guy can really run. He has the quickness to make people miss and once he gets in the open field nobody can catch him."

WR 5-9 163 Ashburn, Va. ★★★ ★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★

Juwan Johnson

"One of the fastest guys in New Jersey..has a reach of 34 and half inches. It's not fair."

WR 6-4 212 Glassboro, N.J. ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★

Irvin Charles

"He can make you miss but is a physical player as well."

WR 6-4 215 Sicklerville, N.J. ★★★★ ★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★

Jonathan Holland

"He can play tight end and defensive end"

TE 6-4 235 Brandywine, Md. ★★★ ★★★★ ★★★ ★★★

Nick Bowers 

"Physical tight end we can use in the running game."

TE 6-4 245 Kittanning, Pa. ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★

Andre Robinson

"He has been playing at a very high level for his entire high school career."

RB 5-9 215 Mechanicsburg, Pa. ★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★

Saquon Barkley

"Going to be able to run the power and be able to make you miss as well. Can return punts, he's just a dynamic player"

RB 5-11 210 Coplay, Pa. ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★

Tommy Stevens

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"We call him sunshine."

QB 6-4 186 Indianapolis, Ind ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★

Paris Palmer

"For perspective I'm 6-2. He clearly is bigger."

OT 6-7 290 Plymouth, N.C. ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★

Sterling Jenkins

"Jumping on board early in our class was a big help for us."

OT 6-8 294 Pittsburgh, Pa. ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★

Steven Gonzalez

"Big physical player"

OL 6-4 328 Union City, N.J. ★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★

Ryan Bates

"Think he has the skill to play guard. Has the intelligence to play center as well. He's a winner."

OL 6-5 275 Warrington, Pa. ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★

Jake Cooper

"Can cover from sideline to sideline. When he hits you, you go backwards."

LB 6-2 226 Doylestown, Pa. ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★

Manny Bowen

"He's a huge ball of muscle"

LB 6-2 206 Barnegat, N.J. ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★

Daiquan Kelly

"He plays angry."

LB 6-2 205 Newark, N.J. ★★★★ ★★★ ★★★★ ★★★

Robert Windsor

"He's an old school player."

DL 6-4 278 Fond du Lac, Wis. ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★

Kevin Givens

"We called him up on the phone, asked him if Penn State was something he was interested in and he jumped on the offer."

DL 6-1 245 Altoona, Pa. ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★

Ryan Buchholz

"Think he has a chance to grow into a really physical defensive end. He can play tight end, he has that kind of athleticism."

DL 6-6 241 Malvern, Pa. ★★★★ ★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★

Shareef Miller

"He's a skinny 230, you'll understand what I mean when you see him play."

DE 6-5 230 Philadelphia, Pa. ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★

Kamonte Carter

"Has tremendous growth potential."

DE 6-4 257 Silver Spring, Md. ★★★★ ★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★

Jarvis Miller

"He's going to be a big kid. Awesome kid and awesome family."

DB 6-2 197 Suffield, Conn. ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★

Johnny Petrishen

"He came to camp and put up unbelievable numbers. Ball skills, ran well. Had a great senior year."

DB 6-1 189 Lower Burrell, Pa. ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★

Ayron Monroe

"I met him when he was in 7th grade when I was recruiting his older brother."

DB 6-0 197 Largo, Md. ★★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★

Garrett Taylor

"We think this guy has a chance to come in and make an impact right away. He played against Hackenberg in high school."

DB 6-0 196 Richmond, Va. ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★

John Reid

"When he came on his visit he just wanted to talk football. He's so driven"

DB 5-10 181 Mount Laurel, N.J. ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★

 

 

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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