Who could Penn State’s next Class of 2018 commit be on defense?
Penn State football coach James Franklin, center and associate head coach and defensive coordinator Brent Pry oversee National Signing Day ceremonies for their 2017 recruiting class in the Lasch Building on the Penn State campus in State College, Pa., Feb. 1, 2017.Mark Pynes | firstname.lastname@example.org
Day two of our multi-day miniseries looking at Penn State’s top targets in the recruiting Class of 2018 ahead of the Blue-White game has arrived. Yesterday, we looked at the offense. Today, the defense is under the microscope.
The Nittany Lions’ class in this cycle has 12 verbal commitments as of April 11; six on offense and six on defense. The group that plans to one-day play for coordinator Brent Pry is headlined by five-star defensive end and Harrisburg High star Micah Parsons, and it’s unique in the sense that it has two verbal commitments from Texas: four-star Sachse safety Isaiah Humphries and three-star Manvel corner Trent Gordon.
According to Fight On State, PSU hasn’t had two Lone Star state verbals in the same class in at least 30 years, so the pair has a chance to make history.
The other three future defenders as of now project as future linebackers, as four-stars Nick Tarburton (Perkesie, Pa.) and Jesse Luketa (Erie, Pa.) are joined by Cumberland Valley three-star Charlie Katshir. All three committed in this calendar year in pretty quick succession, and what’s interesting about this trio is that, while they all project as future linebackers now, they could all end up elsewhere by the time they hit the field in college.
All except for Luketa, that is, who projects as a true future linebacker in much the same way four-star signee Ellis Brooks did in the Class of 2017.
History lessons aside, let’s jump into the top recruiting targets on defense with the Blue-White game just over a week away. Our goal is simply to answer a question from a statement James Franklin loves to write: Will the Lions “get better” soon?