With a nearly a month until the Citrus Bowl, the coaching staff is shifting their focus to dominating the recruiting trail.
Nolan Smith Has The "Best Weekend of his life"
Nolan Smith, the number one player in the class of 2019, visited campus this weekend and seemed to enjoy his time in State College. The Savannah, GA defensive end, who currently attends IMG Academy in Florida, stayed with Micah Parsons over the weekend, a fellow big-name pass rusher who had every school fighting for his services. Smith is currently a Georgia commit but if the visit went as well as Smith indicated, Penn State could have given him something to think about leading into this month's early signing period.
THIS WEEKEND WITH A TRUE PLAYERS COACH WAS THE BEST WEEKEND OF MY LIFE pic.twitter.com/8JXveJOmxk— Nolan Smith II (@SmithNoland2) December 3, 2018
Staff does in-home visits
James Franklin and Ricky Rahne made their way to New Jersey to check in on four-star quarterback commit Taquan Roberson. The dual-threat quarterback has been committed to the Nittany Lions since October of 2017.
Brent Pry and James Franklin took a trip down to Virginia to meet with five-star linebacker commit Brandon Smith. Smith, the 24th ranked player nationally in the class and second-ranked middle linebacker, committed to Penn State back in May.
Had a great home visit with @coachjfranklin @CoachPry_LBU @SpenceChaos and the rest of the family. Looking forward to the next chapter of my life @PennStateFball #WEARE #PennState pic.twitter.com/3yPVfAtIOb— Brandon Smith (@brand0n_smith12) November 30, 2018
Lions make Three top teams lists
Three-star defensive tackle Jared Harrison-Hunte put the Nittany Lions in his top eight schools. The 2019 prospect is the 35th-ranked defensive tackle in his class, and the fourth-ranked prospect in New York. He is considered a heavy Penn State lean.
Five-star outside linebacker Mekhail Sherman continues to be high on the Nittany Lions, placing them in his top seven schools. The DC native is the No.13 prospect and the second highest rated outside linebacker in the class of 2020. They'll need to beat out some of the biggest names in the sport to earn his services.
LUCKY 7! Committing in the summer of 2019.... pic.twitter.com/KKxjqtcXXe— Mekhail Sherman (@JuicedUpK9) December 3, 2018
Four-star offensive tackle Aaryn Parks has placed the Nittany Lions in his top five schools. The 2020 prospect is one of the top offensive line prospects in his class and at 6'5/309, already looks the part. The Nittany Lions are considered the favorite.
Blessed For All Schools Who Have Been Giving Me An Opportunity! I Will Be Spending This Full Off Season Focusing On These Schools. @RivalsFriedman @SWiltfong247 @BrianDohn247 @GatorsFB @TerpsFootball @TarHeelFootball @OU_Football @PennStateFball pic.twitter.com/mec5cIMx9J— Aaryn AJ Parks (@D1_Gleesh) November 24, 2018
The Nittany Lions have extended an offer to 2020 outside linebacker, Ladarius Tennison. A four-star prospect according to 247, Tennison has picked up some impressive offers this fall, including two of his home state's biggest programs in Miami and Florida State.
Beyond Blessed To Receive A Offer From The University Of Penn State @Blvd_4 @whoisjalen @CoachPruzinsky @Rockledge_Track @AllAmericanJP @coachkd15 @247Sports @CoachYounger14 @Trevvoorrr pic.twitter.com/OotI3hjGeD— Ladarius S. Tennison (@almighty__Tenn5) November 21, 2018
Ohio native DeaMonte Trayanum picked up a Penn State offer last week. The 2020 prospect is expected to play running back at the next level and currently stands at 5'11/215. His hometown Buckeyes are considered the favorite according to the 247Sports Crystal Ball.
Just received an offer from the Pennsylvania State University!! pic.twitter.com/0G4eoQlA0B— DeaMonte Trayanum (@Chipperrz_) November 28, 2018