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PSU Inks 23 For 2018 Recruiting Class

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It was another recruiting season gone well for James Franklin and his Penn State Nittany Lions football team as they signed 23 players to Letters of Intent for the 2018 recruiting cycle.

By Jarrod Prugar

Penn State got the ball rolling during the early signing period getting 21 of their 23 members of this year's class to sign Letters of Intent, group boasting the number one player in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Micah Parsons.

Parsons also enrolled in January along with five other Nittany Lions in tight end prospect Zach Kuntz, inside linebacker prospects Jesse Luketa and Nick Tarburton, and defensive backs Isaiah Humphries and Trent Gordon. 

With the addition of defensive lineman Jayson Oweh on December 22nd, and offensive lineman Rasheed Walker on signing day, Penn State sits at fourth in the country for the class of 2018 for both Rivals and 247Sports while ranking fifth this recruiting cycle on ESPN. 

2018 marks the third year in a row the Nittany Lions were able to land the top prospect in Pennsylvania after getting Lamont Wade and Miles Sanders each of the last two recruiting cycles.

The signing of Walker puts the finishing touches on a class that features three wide receiving prospects led by five star Justin Shorter and two four-stars in Jahan Dotson and Daniel George. Walker will be blocking for five star running back Ricky Slade in the future as well. having tight end prospect Pat Freiermuth and fellow offensive linemen Bryce Effner, Frederick "Juice" Scruggs, and Nana Asiedu join the four star on the line.

Joining Oweh on the defensive front for Sean Spence and his Wild Dogs will be defensive tackles P.J. Mustipher and Aeneas Hawkins as well as defensive end Judge Culpepper. Parsons will be joined by Charlie Katshir in the linebacker room for the next few years while Jordan Miner is the latest addition to a deep secondary as a cornerback. 

Quarterback Will Levis and kicker Jake Pinegar were the lone additions to their position groups for this recruiting class.

The six who enrolled early will be featured in some way during the Blue-White game as Penn State fans are able to get their first glimpse of what looks to be a promising future for the Nittany Lions.

Penn State sends eight to the NFL Combine

While 23 players are getting ready for their Penn State careers to begin, eight former Nittany Lions will be heading to Indianapolis for the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine.The Combine runs from February 27th to March 5th and will put those invited through a multitude of activities both on and off the field. 

For the on the field portion, players will be split into position groups for their workouts that include vertical jump tests, bench presses, as well as the 40-yard dash and position specific drills. 

Running back Saquon Barkley will be one of the players to watch on the first day of on-field drills March 2nd as the all-american showcases his rare form of athleticism and skill. 

Penn State fans must wait until day two of on-field training on March 3rd to see wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton and tight end Mike Gesicki demonstrate the traits that made the two big time targets for the offense of the Nittany Lions during the entirety of their careers. 

Jason Cabinda hits the field with the linebackers March 4th, day three while defensive backs Marcus Allen, Troy Apke, Grant Haley, and Christian Campbell have to wait until day five to showcase their ball hawking capabilities.

Upperclassmen who weren't invited to the Combine as well as those who were invited will have the opportunity to perform in front of scouts at Penn State's Pro Day which looks to be March 20th while an official date has yet to be set. 

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