Welcome to the Recruiting Roundup. Though we previously said that this would be a more regular post, at this point in the year, it doesn't make much sense to do this every week. But with some big changes having occurred, the roundup has returned. Enjoy.
All player photos are courtesy of 247Sports.
|Sean Clifford||Pro||St. Xavier (Oh.)||6'2/210||★★★★ (0.9234)||Committed to Penn State (7/13/15)|
Penn State is done recruiting quarterbacks in the 2017 recruiting class.
|D'Andre Swift||St. Joseph's (Pa.)||5'9.5/214||★★★★ (0.9817)||Committed to Georgia (9/1/16) | Considering an Official Visit Penn State|
|Johnathan Lovett||Cherokee (Nj.)||6'1/194||★★★ (0.8447)||De-Committed from Rutgers (11/14/16)|
Dropped Out: Anthony McFarland Jr.
Though the class is still running back-less, it's becoming less and less likely that Swift or Lovett will enter the fray. If Swift wants to join the class, they'll find a way to take him, but it's very unlikely at this point.
|K.J. Hamler||IMG Academy (Fl.)||5'9/156||★★★★ (0.8919)||Committed to Penn State (12/9/16)|
|Cameron Sullivan-Brown||St. Vincent Pallotti (Md.)||6'1/180||★★★ (0.8640)||Committed to Penn State (7/29/16)|
|Mac Hippenhammer||R Nelson Snider (In.)||6'0/170||★★★ (0.8624)||Committed to Penn State (8/13/16)|
|Mark Webb||Archbishop Wood (Pa.)||6'2/195||★★★★ (0.9369)||Committed to Georgia (9/16/16) | Will likely officially visit Penn State in January|
|Henry Ruggs III||Robert E. Lee (Al.)||6'0/175||★★★★ (0.9319)||Top-5: Penn State, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State|
|Jaylen Harris||Cleveland Heights (Oh.)||6'5/210||★★★★ (0.9257)||Top-5: Penn State, Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan State, Tennessee | Officially Visited PSU 10/22|
|Danny Davis||Springfield (Oh.)||6'3/178||★★★★ (0.9083)||Crystal Ball Leader: Kentucky|
It's becoming tough to see space for another receiver in Penn State's 2017 recruiting class, but should Mark Webb decide he wants a spot sometime in January, they'll do what they can to find a space for him.
Penn State won't be taking a tight end in the 2017 recruiting class.
|C.J. Thorpe||Central Catholic (Pa.)||6'3/318||★★★★ (0.9185)||Committed to Penn State (4/16/16)|
|Michael Miranda||Stow-Munroe Falls (Oh.)||6'4/300||★★★ (0.8696)||Committed to Penn State (4/21/16)|
|Robert Martin||St. Joseph Regional (Nj.)||6'5/265||★★★ (0.8538)||Committed to Penn State (4/16/16)|
|Desmond Holmes||Cardinal O'Hara (Pa.)||6'5/325||★★★ (0.8488)||Committed to Penn State (8/7/16)|
Penn State is done recruiting offensive linemen in the 2017 recruiting class.
|Fred Hansard||Hun School (Nj.)||6'3/310||★★★★ (0.9179)||Committed to Penn State (11/27/16)|
|Elijah Conliffe||Hampton (Va.)||6'4/305||★★★★ (0.8938)||Top-12: PSU, Bama, UT, MSU, UMD, VT, USC, Ole Miss, WVU, NC St, Miami, Oklahoma|
|Corey Bolds||Paramus Catholic (Nj.)||6'3/276||★★★ (0.8696)||Top-6: Penn State, Cal, Clemson, Georgia, Pitt, Rutgers|
Dropped Out: Dalyn Wade-Perry
If Penn State adds another player in the 2017 class, defensive tackle is one of the few positions where that addition could come. Elijah Conliffe would be the big prize, but he's still likely heading to Tuscaloosa. Wade-Perry eliminated Penn State with the announcement of his top-three.
|Yetur Matos||Chancellor (Va.)||6'5/235||★★★★ (0.9184)||Committed to Penn State (2/27/16)|
|Damion Barber||Harrisburg (Pa.)||6'3/244||★★★★ (0.8955)||Committed to Penn State (2/27/16)|
|Joshua Kaindoh||IMG Academy (Fl.)||6'6/240||★★★★★ (0.9883)||Top-4: Penn State, Florida State, Georgia, Alabama | Commitment Date: 12/23/16|
Kaindoh has bumped up the announcement date for his verbal commitment to this Friday (12/23/16). However, things still aren't looking great for Penn State in terms of their chances to add the five-star edge rusher.
|Dylan Rivers||Sherando (Va.)||6'2/230||★★★★ (0.9020)||Committed to Penn State (11/21/15)|
Dropped Out: Jordan Anthony
The only recruiting battle left for Penn State as far as inside linebackers go is keeping Dylan Rivers in the fold. The four-star Virginia-native is taking a hard look at Virginia Tech with the recruiting cycle coming to a close. Expect to see and hear a lot about both Penn State and the Hokies focusing on Rivers throughout January.
|Brelin Faison-Walden||Grimsley (Nc.)||6'1/220||★★★ (0.8721)||Committed to Penn State (7/20/16)|
|Brailyn Franklin||Battlefield (Va.)||6'2/200||★★★ (0.8487)||Committed to Penn State (8/2/16)|
|Nathan Proctor||Henry E. Lackey (Md.)||6'2/205||★★★★ (0.9343)||Officially Visiting Penn State (1/20/17)|
Nathan Proctor is the only remaining target for Penn State, and things still look good for the Nittany Lions there. His official visit to Penn State is scheduled for January 20.
|Lamont Wade||Clairton (Pa.)||5'9/190||★★★★ (0.9735)||Committed to Penn State (12/17/16)|
|Donovan Johnson||Cass Technical (Mi.)||5'10/176||★★★★ (0.8924)||Committed to Penn State (12/13/16)|
|D.J. Brown||Creekside (Ga.)||5'11/175||★★★ (0.8446)||Committed to Penn State (4/25/16)|
Penn State is done recruiting cornerbacks in the 2017 recruiting class (probably).
|Jonathan Sutherland||Episcopal (Va.)||6'0/195||★★★★ (0.8989)||Committed to Penn State (7/24/16)|
|Tariq Castro-Fields||Riverdale Baptist School (Md.)||6'1/173||★★★★ (0.8928)||Crystal Ball Leaders: Maryland, Penn State, Alabama|
Whether Casto-Fields projects as a corner or a safety depends on who you ask, but if Penn State can find space for him (or if they decide Lamont Wade really is a safety) then they could still look at him as a corner.
Roar Lions Roar Big Board
This Big Board will serve as a top-5 countdown of the recruits that we here at Roar Lions Roar believe are currently the highest priority for Penn State.
- Joshua Kaindoh (DE)
- Nathan Proctor (OLB)
- Elijah Conliffe (DT)
- Mark Webb (WR)
- D'Andre Swift (RB)
As always, feel free to leave any questions you may have, as well as suggestions for this post in the future. Thanks.