2017 Penn State national signing day updates: Nittany Lions' class hovers near top 10
February 1, 2017 11:31 AM
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James Franklin on signing day in 2016.
By Dave Molinari / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — National signing day is a red-letter date on the calendars of many college football fans, and Penn State appears to have put together a quality group of young players. The Nittany Lions are expected to get binding commitments from at least 16 players today — four others enrolled early — and could pick up one or two others if things break right for them.
If precedent holds, the first faxes should begin to roll in fairly soon. The suspense likely won’t end early for the Nittany Lions, however; a top target, Maryland athlete Tariq Castro-Fields, isn’t scheduled to announce where he will sign until 2 p.m. That’s around the time Penn State should learn if its long-shot bid to flip wide receiver Mark Webb, a Georgia commit, has paid off.
12:54 — Penn State continues to slide down the team rankings, even if it’s not by much. Rivals now places the Nittany Lions’ recruiting class No. 11, right behind Miami.
11:22 a.m. — Per Rivals, Penn State has slipped back to No. 10 in the team rankings. That’s where it started the day before spending a few hours at No. 9.
10:54 a,m. — With all of their commits having sent in their letters of intent, the Nittany Lions now must wait about three hours before learning whether CB Tariq Castro-Fields will sign with them. Maryland appears to be their primary competition for his services.
10:51 a.m. — All 20 players who committed to Penn State are now in the fold, as LB Ellis Brooks has submitted his letter of intent.
10:30 a.m. — LB Ellis Brooks, whose recent commitment took the sting of having LB Dylan Rivers flip to Virginia Tech, is the only player whose LOI has not been received (or, at least, announced) at this point.
10:27 a.m. — WR Cameron Sullivan-Brown has submitted his letter of intent to Penn State.
10:15 a.m. — DT Corey Bolds, who committed to the Nittany Lions a few hours ago, has submitted his letter of intent to Penn State.
9:53 a.m. — DE Damion Barber has submitted his letter of intent to Penn State.
9:39 a.m. — Scratch OL Desmond Holmes from that list directly below. His LOI has been received.
9:37 a.m. — While there’s no indication LB Ellis Brooks,OL Desmond Holmes, WR Cameron Sullivan-Brown or DT Corey Bolds have submitted their LOIs yet, there’s no reason to believe they won’t get around to it. All four are considered solid with their commitments.
9:28 a.m. — And just like that, WR Mac Hippenhammer has submitted his letter of intent to Penn State. Crisis averted.
9:27 a.m. — Interesting that WR Mac Hippenhammer apparently hasn’t submitted his LOI yet. He’s from Indiana and Notre Dame, his dream school, has made a late push to flip him.
9:10 a.m. — No word yet on whether Corey Bolds, who committed to Penn State a few hours ago, has submitted his letter of intent yet. He is one of six recruits whose LOI has not been announced/acknowledged by the school yet.
9:03 a.m. — OL Robert Martin has submitted his letter of intent to Penn State.
9:00 a.m. — It’s hard to tell whether the letters-of-intent are coming in at fairly regular intervals, or if Penn State simply is announcing them every 15 minutes or so.
8:52 a.m. — CB D.J. Brown has submitted his letter of intent to Penn State. Off the field, he is a member of the National Honor Society.
8:37 a.m. — S Jonathan Sutherland has submitted his letter of intent to Penn State. He is a native of Ottawa, Ontario who played high-school ball in Virgina.
8:27 a.m. — Nearly 90 minutes after letters of intent could be submitted, DT Fred Hansard becomes the seventh recruit to send his to Penn State. Hansard initially had committed to Florida, but flipped to Penn State after his senior season at the Hun School in New Jersey.
8:11 a.m. — LB Brailyn Franklin has submitted his letter of intent to Penn State.
8:07 a.m. — CB Donovan Johnson has submitted his letter of intent to Penn State.
7:55 a.m. — DE Yetur Matos has submitted his letter of intent to Penn State.
7:50 a.m. — RB Journey Brown of Meadville has submitted his letter of intent to Penn State. Brown won the 100-meter dash in Class AAA at the state track championships in 2016.
7:46 a.m. — Wide receiver Mark Webb, who Penn State was hoping to flip, reportedly has submitted his letter of intent to Georgia, which is not a surprise.
7:39 a.m. — OL C.J. Thorpe of Central Catholic has submitted his letter of intent to Penn State.
7:29 a.m. — QB Sean Clifford has submitted his letter of intent to Penn State. First one officially confirmed. He also was the No. 1 prospect in Ohio and the first player in this class to commit to Penn State.
7:25 a.m. — Twenty-five minutes into National Signing Day, Penn State has yet to confirm the receipt of any letters-of-intent.
7:13 a.m. — Per reports from Indiana, tight end Peyton Hendershot, who had been hoping for an offer from Penn State, has committed to the Hoosiers.
7:05 a.m. — Per Rivals, the Corey Bolds commitment moves Penn State’s class to No. 9 in the national rankings.
6:45 a.m. — While Penn State waits for most members of the Class of 2017 to fax their letters of intent to the Lasch Football Building, four players in that group have been taking classes since last month. They are CB Lamont Wade of Clairton, WR K.J. Hamler, OL Mike Miranda and OLB Brelin Faison-Walden.
6:08 a.m. — Signing Day gets off to an earlier-than-expected start, as coach James Franklin sends out a “We Are ... Better” tweet indicating that he has secured a new commitment. A few minutes later, three-star Paramus DT Corey Bolds confirms via Twitter that he will sign with Penn State, raising its Class of 2017 to 20.
5:10 a.m. — Fire alarms are going off inside a hotel on E. College Ave. in State College. Had no idea the Steelers were staying here, too. [Turned out to be a false alarm.]
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