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Penn State Football: Signing Day Marks Completion Of Latest Recruiting Chapter

by on February 01, 2017 6:00 AM

Fax machines around the country will awake early Wednesday morning as recruits send in the Letters of Intent to schools, legally binding them to verbal commitments made weeks and months prior.

For those recruits it marks the next chapter in their athletic careers as Division I dreams come one step closer to reality. The new demands, both athletically and academically, are truly the determining factors of where and how much they will impact their future schools.

For Penn State it marks the conclusion of another successful recruiting cycle under James Franklin and his staff. With the Nittany Lions fresh off of an 11-3 season and a Big Ten title, this haul marks the staff's hopeful continuation of on-field success for the years to come.

It's impossible to  know what impact a recruiting class will make on a program and which players will become household names by the end of their careers. But for Penn State, with the nation's No. 15 rated class by, it stands to reason that more than a few of these soon-to-be Nittany Lions will leave a meaningful mark on the future of the program.

Headlined by five-star cornerback Lamont Wade, Penn State has recruited a little bit of everything on both sides of the ball in this class. With four recruits already enrolled, 16 more will sign their Letters of Intent at some point on Wednesday morning.

Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey, Georgia, Ohio, North Carolina, Maryland, Michigan and Indiana are all represented in the class with five players coming from inside the Keystone State. The group includes ten players on the defensive side of the ball, and nine, including quarterback Sean Clifford, on the offensive side.

Penn State will open its war room to reporters Wednesday morning as Franklin and his staff welcome their newest Nittany Lions to the fold. will be there and at Franklin's afternoon press conference to bring you all of the coverage and insight on the 2017 class and beyond.

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