Grade: A- | National rank: 13
After signing its first top-five class ever in 2018, the Nittany Lions have a top-15 class in the 2019 cycle.
The state of Virginia has been paramount, with ESPN 300 OLB Brandon Smith and ESPN 300 RB Devyn Ford ranking among the nation’s best at their positions. A second ESPN 300 RB signed is Noah Cain, who picked the Nittany Lions over Texas. Defensive end Adisa Isaac was a huge fax received out of New York.
Head coach James Franklin also went to Germany for three-star DT Joseph Appiah Darkwa. Another ESPN 300 prospect signed is WR John Dunmore, a one-time Florida verbal out of South Florida. The Sunshine State also netted four-star WR T.J. Jones. There are two signal-callers in the class, ESPN 300s Michael Johnson Jr. (his father, Michael Johnson, coaches at Oregon) and Ta’Quan Roberson out of New Jersey.
A second ESPN 300 prospect from the Garden State is OG Caedan Wallace. DBs Marquis Wilson and Tyler Rudolph were nice LOIs received out of Connecticut, as was in-state Joey Porter Jr., the son of former Steelers star Joey Porter. ESPN JC 50 members S Jaquan Brisker and OT Anthony Whigan will be called upon to make instant impacts.