Why John Waggoner, a four-star DE, is a name to watch on Penn State’s recruiting board
Penn State defensive line coach Sean Spencer heads up the Lions’ defensive line recruiting.
April has been a good month for West Des Moines, Iowa four-star Class of 2018 defensive end John Waggoner.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound prospect who has a unique frame and high upside, according to 247Sports, has picked up offers from Penn State, LSU, and Oklahoma over the last 14 days, as the Nittany Lions jumped in the race on Tuesday before the Sooners and Tigers joined them, Michigan State, Iowa, and many others on Wednesday.
“[The Penn State offer] means a lot to me,” Waggoner told PennLive. “They have a good thing going out there. I would love to find time to go see them.”
His list of travel options is sure to keep growing, though, meaning it might be awhile until he shows up on campus. That said, the No. 9 defensive end in the Class of 2018 according to the 247Sports Composite rankings plans to make every effort he can to check things out in State College.
“I would like to visit as soon as possible,” he said. “Their recent success is very intriguing.”
Waggoner, of course, is referring to PSU’s 2016 Big Ten title and 11-win season capped by a trip to the Rose Bowl.
Penn State has one verbal commitment at defensive end in the Class of 2018, from Harrisburg High five-star Micah Parsons, and according to the 247Sports, it has offers out to 20 defensive ends in this cycle, headlined by Cleveland, Ohio four-star Tyreke Smith, Hyattsville, Md., three-star John Morgan, Paramus, N.J., four-star Dorian Hardy, and Ramsey, N.J., three-star Marcellus Earlington.