According to both an article and a separate tweet from Blue White Illustrated's Ryan Snyder, a pair of 2019 Penn State commits are planning to enroll early. Three-star tight end Brenton Strange out of West Virginia, and four-star linebacker Lance Dixon from Michigan will be on campus in January.
Confirmed with LB Lance Dixon this evening that he also plans to enroll early.— Ryan Snyder (@RivalsSnyder) October 31, 2018
Dixon: "Yeah, it'll all be finalized soon when they receive my test scores." https://t.co/fFmMuBEHUi
Strange, the newest member of the class, committed to Penn State back on Oct. 1 after visiting for the Ohio State game the previous weekend. His overall ranking has slid slightly to a high three-star, but he figures to add plenty of talented depth to a tight end room that features a pair of freshmen four-stars in Pat Freiermuth, and Zack Kuntz. The former has taken over the starting spot, while the latter is dominating the scout team as he uses a redshirt year to bulk up. They are joined by upperclassmen Nick Bowers, Jonathan Holland, and Danny Dalton.
Dixon is a four-star prospect that just continues to get better. On the back of a ridiculously entertaining regular season highlight film, 247 bumped him up to No. 49 overall, and the No. 3 outside linebacker in the country. Adding him, along with five-star classmate Brandon Smith (another early arrival), to a group that includes Micah Parsons, Jesse Luketa, Cam Brown, and Ellis Brooks suddenly gives the Nittany Lion defense a deep, albeit relatively young, linebacking corps.
With Dixon and Strange planning to arrive early, nine players from the currently 17 member class are planning to start their college careers in January.