Penn State Class of 2019 offense big board: Where do the Lions stand with top targets at each position?
BY GREG PICKEL | firstname.lastname@example.org
Penn State recruit Jordan Houston visits before the Pitt game at Beaver Stadium on Sept. 9, 2017. Joe Hermitt | email@example.com
With just one verbal commitment, from three-star State College Area corner Keaton Ellis, Penn State’s Class of 2019 sits at No. 29 in the 247Sports’ Composite rankings.
Yes, that’s irrelevant. More importantly, the Lions are on the board. More meaningful than that, their first pledge, generally the leader of the class, lives just a football’s toss away from Beaver Stadium, meaning that for the next year and a half, he can be on campus almost every single time a top target comes to campus.
“Penn State checked all the boxes for me,” Ellis told PennLive after committing. “The fact that my family is so close was huge for me.”
“(Penn State coaches) see me at cornerback. They believe I have the ability to make a huge impact going forward at the next level.”
The quote brings up an interesting point: Who tops the board at other positions in the next cycle? This week, we’ll look at the offense with the defense already accounting for one spot.
First, it needs to be noted that space is likely going to be at a major premium with big signing classes over the last few years, combined with a 23-member and counting Class of 2018, taking up a ton of space on the roster. Early estimates have Penn State’s Class of 2019 with room for somewhere between 15 and 20 commitments, and frankly, that number range feels high.
At any rate, here’s a look at who the Lions will target first at each position moving forward.