What a wonderful time of year. Recruits plummet and skyrocket by hundreds of spots due to their peers finally being relatively caught up size-wise, and every school's fan base is either thrilled with their highly ranked recruits or applauding their coaches for identifying an "underrated" recruit and claiming bias by recruiting services (we're looking at you, Maryland). Let's look at some key recruits that Penn State fans should be following closely.
Linebacker U is alive and well. Both of Penn State's linebacker commits made huge jumps in the rankings with Curtis Jacobs jumping 114 spots to No. 64 overall with Derek Wingo jumping a whopping 158 spots to No. 139.
None of Penn State other three commits made the cut for the Top247 with cornerback Joshua Moten checking in at No. 420, offensive tackle Grant Toutant at No. 372, and quarterback Micah Bowens at No. 760
Holding steady as the No. 1 overall recruit in the nation, Bryan Bresee is a no-doubt stud. Penn State will do absolutely everything in their power to land him.
Checking in at No. 5 overall, Julian Fleming has a stranglehold on the No. 1 wide receiver spot and there's no reason to believe he won't finish the recruiting cycle that way.
Another big riser was cornerback/safety Jordan Morant, who rose 107 spots to No. 41 overall. With every passing day, he becomes a bigger and bigger recruit for Penn State.
Penn State is also sitting in good position for a pair of top-60 running backs. Chris Tyree wound up at No. 48 while Marshawn Lloyd fell a bit to No. 56. If Tyree carried an extra 10 pounds and Lloyd could stay healthy, they'd both be on the cusp of the fifth star.
Antoine Sampah took quite the tumble, falling 55 spots to No. 68. That ranking may not be anything to scoff at, but that's a pretty big fall for a recruit once believed to be in contention to be the No. 1 linebacker in the country.
Penn State's top target along the offensive line, Michael Carmody, is starting to turn some heads. He rose 84 spots to No. 88 overall. Penn State wants to lock this one up as soon as possible.
After a great Junior Day visit, Penn State shot toward the top of the list for Enzo Jennings. The safety/athlete wound up at No. 141.
One of the biggest risers among Penn State targets was tight end Theo Johnson who rose 194 spots to No. 224 overall. With Georgia and Michigan in hot pursuit, Johnson is one the Nittany Lions will have really fight for.
If you want to check the rest of the rankings for yourself, you can head on over to 247Sports' rankings here.