Penn State No. 5 in SI power rankings; top 2019 recruit has connection with PSU coaches, and more
Today’s Penn State football news headlines feature a fresh set of power rankings and a look at talented 2019 cornerback recruit Nyquee Hawkins and what he likes about the Lions.
Sports Illustrated’s Brian Hamilton compiled post-spring power rankings and included Penn State at No. 5, which represented a two-spot slide from the publication’s way-too-early ranking at No. 3. The Lions otherwise held steady with credit to the emergence of wide receiver Juwan Johnson and what the big speedster can do for the offense.
Redshirt sophomore receiver Juwan Johnson drew raves from all corners this spring, which means Trace McSorley may have a stellar complement to Saeed Blacknall as the Nittany Lions’ YOLO offense chases a title.
Hawkins, a 6-0, 170-pound cornerback from Orange (N.J.) High School, has early interest from a number of Big Ten heavyweights, as well as from Notre Dame and Virginia Tech, among others. He broke down where he stood with some of those schools in an interview with Scout’s Brian Dohn, citing the atmosphere and his connections with the Penn State coaching staff when discussing the Lions.
In other Penn State football news, a James Franklin rant helped the PSU women’s basketball team beat Purdue. Franklin weighs in on the NCAA’s early signing period, and the Lions offer a four-star 2019 recruit who is committed to Georgia.
PennLive’s Bob Flounders, Greg Pickel and Dustin Hockensmith also talk Penn State football on the Keystone Sports Network. Check out audio from their latest podcast below.
Those headlines and more highlight today’s Penn State football news roundup: