For the Future (07.21.17): Pinegar on decision, Barber hits the books, and NFL Comparisons

By Adriana Lacy on July 21, 2017 at 8:39 am
Jake Pinegar

Just kickin' it

In case you missed it, James Franklin has been on a roll lately. In a span of five days, the head coach has received six verbal commitments for the class 2018, and the class ranks No. 3 in the nation. One of the newest additions to the class of 2018 is two-star kicker Jake Pinegar (Ankeny, IA). In addition to Penn State, Pinegar had offers from Indiana, Northern Illinois, Bowling Green, and Western Illinois, but ultimately chose the Nittany Lions.

So why Penn State?

"They told me, 'Right now as a junior in high school, you could come on campus and be our kickoff guy. No questions asked,” Pinegar told the Des Moines Register.

Barber Hits the books

Class of 2017 defensive end Damion Barber has been on the down low for most of the summer. As most members of the 2017 class headed to camp in June, the four-star player has instead been in Pittsburgh, focusing his efforts in the classroom on some of his college courses. However, Barber may be back soon with the rest of the class, telling DKPittsburghSports’ Audrey Snyder that he plans to get there on July 30. “Coach told me to worry about my school first and he said once I get up there I’ll do whatever I can and as much as I can -- and I gotta do as much as I can while I'm home,” he told Synder. Barber was ranked as the No. 9 player in Pennsylvania for the 2017 class on 247Sports, behind Penn State commits Lamont Wade and CJ Thorpe.

Let the comparisons begin

Jordan Miner’s high school coach Mark Kantor spoke with Greg Pickel of PennLive about how talented the four-star cornerback really is. Kantor said that Miner reminds him of Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Vernon Hargreaves who was picked up during the 2016 NFL Draft, and said that Miner is a “complete player,” highlighting his versatile skills.