Early enrollment has become more and more popular in recent years. Six members of Penn State's 2018 class arrived on campus in January, with another four arriving in May for the summer's first session. That makes up nearly half of last year's No. 5 ranked recruiting class.
Sean Fitz of Lions247 reports that trend is set to continue with the 2019 class with seven of the 15 committed prospects planning to enroll in January of 2019.
- QB Ta'Quan Roberson
- QB Michael Johnson Jr.
- WR Emery Simmons
- LB Brandon Smith
- DB Tyler Rudolph
- DB Marquis Wilson
- CB Keaton Ellis
During a Coaches Caravan stop in May, James Franklin wasn't exactly downplaying the benefit to his program, and the student-athletes, from getting that head start.
I could see us getting to 10 guys coming in at mid-semester and then I could see the number of guys that come in summer one will grow as well because guys want to give themselves the best opportunity to get on campus and compete as soon as they possibly can, and they want to get adjusted academically and get ahead.
While several of the Lions' early enrollees from the 2018 class figure to be thrown into the fire early, very few of the seven commits planning to do the same next year appear to be in the same boat.
Both quarterbacks are in line for a redshirt, and Emery Simmons will join a talented and deep wide receiver room. On the defensive side of the ball, Brandon Smith figures to be an early contributor with the tenuous depth chart at linebacker, but the three defensive backs will all have the opportunity to get their feet under them before taking on significant roles.