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247Sports' Brian Dohn notes that Penn State five-star 2019 verbal LB commit Brandon Smith "showed his mettle late" during the Under Armour camp regional in Baltimore on Sunday.

Per Dohn, some players started to lose their edge as the day progressed and the temperature began to rise. Not Smith, though. The analyst notes that the 6-foot-4, 233-pounder "went back out (following drills and 1-on-1 work) and continued to compete at a high level while many others checked out and stayed in the background." Smith committed to Penn State on Monday. ESPN's Craig Haubert compares him to Alabama's Christian Miller and writes in his scouting report that he possesses "a nice blend of length and athleticism."
Source: 247Sports
May 23 - 5:04 PM

ESPN's Craig Haubert compared Penn State five-star 2019 verbal LB commit Brandon Smith to Alabama LB Christian Miller.

"Smith, who is a little bigger than Miller at the same stage, has a nice blend of length and athleticism and will enter college with a lot of upside," Haubert writes of the 6-foot-4, 233-pound prospect. He notes that while Smith is currently listed as an outside linebacker on the ESPN 300 -- sliding in at No. 26 overall -- he could potentially settle at defensive end as he adds weight. We expect Penn State to use Smith in a variety of capacities once he hits the collegiate ranks.
May 23 - 1:13 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell notes that Penn State five-star 2019 verbal RB commit Devyn Ford is "more of a one-cut guy" than former program star Saquon Barkley.

Ford (5'11/185) committed to Penn State on Friday. While there are some obvious similarities between he and Barkley -- they're both aces at catching the ball -- Farrell notes that while Ford does possess strong vision and instincts, he does not offer nearly the same shake 'n' bake elusiveness that helped make Barkley such a dynamic player. For what it's worth, Ford does land with a considerably higher recruiting ranking than Barkley did. Rivals slots him as the No. 9 overall prospect in the 2019 class, whereas Barkley sat at a far more modest No. 117 overall coming out of high school in 2015.
Source: Rivals
May 22 - 4:37 PM

Penn State received a verbal commitment from five-star 2019 LB Brandon Smith.

Smith has been considered a lean for the Nittany Lions for some time, but now it's official -- or as official as it can get with a verbal commitment, anyway. The 6-foot-4, 223-pound linebacker was also considering Clemson, Ohio State, Texas A&M and several other big-name schools. It's a huge get for the Nittany Lions already strong class, as he ranks as the number two inside linebacker on 247 Sports composite rankings, and 32nd overall. This could be an immediate contributor for James Franklin and company when he enrolls at some point in 2019.
Source: Land Of 10
May 21 - 5:58 PM

Penn State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 CB Marquis Wilson.

This is not an upset, but it's a big get for Penn State and their 2019 class. Wilson was always considered a heavy lean for the Nittany Lions, but he was also considering Ohio State, Iowa, Nebraska and Pitt; among others. The 6-foot, 175-pound corner ranked 220th overall on Rivals list of the top players in the 2019 class, and he ranks second among prospects in Connecticut in the 247 Sports composite rankings.
Source: Penn Live
May 21 - 12:37 PM

Penn State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 RB Devyn Ford.

Ford (5'11/185) was also considering Virginia Tech, but no dice for the Hokies. Penn State has done a fantastic job recruiting strong running back prospects of late. Saquon Barkley might be gone from Happy Valley, but current backs Miles Sanders and Ricky Slade were both high four-star recruits in the 2016 and 2018 classes, respectively. For his part, Ford ranks as Rivals' No. 9 overall prospect in the 2019 cycle. He's got the vision of a wizard on the field, as well as all the speed and agility you want to see from a top running back recruit. Like departed program star Barkley, Ford has plus pass-catching chops out of the backfield.
May 18 - 6:22 PM

Penn State shifted sophomore CB Lamont Wade to safety over the spring.

The Nittany Lions have something of a touch-and-go situation in the defensive backfield, as they're facing a fair bit of attrition in the secondary. That includes the departures of starting safeties Troy Apke and Marcus Allen for the NFL. The team is slightly deeper at corner, part of the apparent reason that former-five star Wade has made the shift. Playing as a true freshman last season, the 5-foot-9, 192-pounder registered 31 tackles and three passes defended. During the upcoming season, we reasonably expect the Nittany Lions to use him in a variety of capacities depending on what the defense needs in a given game.
May 17 - 12:37 PM

Land of 10's Audrey Snyder notes that Penn State redshirt sophomore DT Antonio Shelton figures to be in the rotational mix this year.

Nittany Lions DC Brent Pry said this spring that the 6-foot-2, 295-pound Shelton was "one of our stronger guys" and that he's been "more and more accountable" since the offseason has gotten underway. Shelton enrolled at Penn State as a consensus three-star recruit in the 2016 signing class, redshirted his first year on campus and registered six tackles in limited action last season.
Source: Land of 10
May 12 - 2:09 PM

Penn State HC James Franklin noted at the end of spring practice that redshirt sophomore CB Zechariah McPhearson was demonstrating an increased confidence.

McPhearson (6'0/180) is one of five Nittany Lions whom Land of 10's Audrey Snyder tabbed as a breakout performer from the spring. Wrote the analyst, "McPhearson should have plenty of opportunities to carve out some type of role either on defense or special teams this season." This past season -- his first active one in Happy Valley -- the redshirt sophomore logged six tackles.
Source: Land of 10
May 12 - 1:44 PM

ESPN's Dan Murphy tabbed Penn State redshirt sophomore WR KJ Hamler as the team's breakout player of the spring.

"The redshirt freshman showed next-level speed in the slot during his second spring in Happy Valley," Murphy writes of the 5-foot-9, 172-pound Hamler. Coming out of high school, he ranked as a four-star recruit, the No. 52 overall prospect in the 2017 class in the eyes of Scout.com. Penn State might no longer have Saquon Barkley at its disposal, but QB Trace McSorley will be working with a stacked receiving corp in which Hamler is just one intriguing cog.
Source: ESPN.com
May 12 - 1:26 PM

Penn State HC James Franklin said that he's been "very very impressed" by the work of redshirt sophomore OL Michal Menet this offseason.

Franklin noted that Menet has been "really coachable" and "has made tremendous strides in a short period of time." The 6-foot-4, 301-pounder was a highly-regarded offensive line prospect in the 2016 class. He redshirted during his initial year in Happy Valley and mostly worked in a special teams capacity for the past campaign. The Nittany Lions may well be ready to take the blocks off, now. While Franklin and staff have tried him out all over the line this spring, the head coach noted that Menet's quickness affords him a considerable upside at center. If we're talking purely in terms of what would help him see the field the fastest this year, though, that would be at right guard, where the starting job is up for grabs.
Source: Land of 10
May 8 - 5:04 PM

Rivals analyst Adam Friedman predicts that uncommitted four-star 2019 CB Marquis Wilson will pledge to Penn State.

Wilson (6'0/175) is also considering Ohio State, Iowa, Nebraska and Pitt. The Nittany Lions would appear to hold the edge following a recent official visit, though, with Friedman writing that he was "blown away" by the trip to Happy Valley. On the Rivals250 master list, Wilson slots in at No. 220 overall in the 2019 class.
Source: Rivals
May 6 - 2:08 PM

Rivals analyst Adam Friedman predicts that uncommitted four-star 2019 DE Brandon Smith will pledge to Clemson.

Friedman admits that this prediction is something of a "shot in the dark" and cites the fact that the Tigers have done yeoman's work building their defensive lines under HC Dabo Swinney. Texas A&M, Penn State, Ohio State and Georgia are all additionally seeking Smith's commitment. ESPN refers to the 6-foot-5, 215-pounder as an "Arden Key type" and notes that he has already developed to the point where he could contribute from the word "go" at the collegiate level. Rivals ranks Smith as the No. 53 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
Source: Rivals
May 6 - 11:46 AM

Rivals analyst Adam Friedman predicts that uncommitted five-star 2019 RB Devyn Ford will pledge to Penn State.

Ford (5'11/185) has whittled his decision down to two programs -- Penn State and Virginia Tech. He's taken official visits to both of them during the spring. Friedman essentially has the race at a coin flip right now, but points to Penn State's success in recruiting high-caliber running back and offensive line prospects over the past few years as reason that the five-star native of Stafford, Virginia, will ultimately side with the Nittany Lions. We won't have to wait long to find out who will be reeling in Rivals' No. 9 overall prospect in the class, as Ford plans on making his pledge on May 18. While he's not the bulkiest of backs, he has enough physicality in his game that he'll be able to serve as a three-down runner assuming he continues to develop on his current trajectory.
Source: Rivals
May 4 - 5:17 PM

ESPN's Dan Murphy compared Penn State redshirt senior QB Trace McSorley to Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield.

"McSorley may not have the same fiery off-field personality as Mayfield, but on Saturdays he's a versatile playmaker who plays with an attitude," Murphy writes. Expect to see this comparison a lot with the 6-foot, 195-pound McSorley, who figures to face the same size questions that No. 1 selection Mayfield did throughout the process. The Penn State signal-caller will enter the coming season at an intriguing place in Happy Valley. While he's now going it alone without Saquon Barkley or OC Joe Moorhead, that could actually end up being a huge draft booster for him if he comes through successfully. The Sporting News' Bill Bender ranks McSorley as his No. 5 quarterback prospect in the 2019 class.
Source: ESPN.com
May 4 - 1:20 PM


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