Predicting Penn State's Class of 2020: Defense

By Michael Stanley on November 6, 2019 at 12:30 pm
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Penn State has another chance at a special class of recruits that will further put them into the discussion as one of the most talented programs in the nation. With the class nearly full, now is as good a time as any to recap who is already committed, as well as make some predictions on who will end up in the class when all is said and done.

Be sure to also check out the breakdown of the offensive side of the ball.


Defensive Line

Notes: With Brevard, Izzard, and Mulbah forming the tackle group, there is a tremendous base of talent here. Brevard has 1-technique written all over him and will be a tremendous asset as a gap-filling run stuffer. Izzard and Mulbah both come with a bit more wiggle and pass-rushing capabilities while Mulbah is incredibly raw and new to football, but has a ton of potential.

The rest of the group come up as defensive ends. Vanover is the furthest along development-wise. Fisher is an uber-productive outside linebacker for a dominating Aliquippa defense so he also brings the ability to play standing up. Mostella comes in at a staggering 6'7, so his potential is tantalizing and he'll bring a great ability to get his hands up and disrupt passing lanes.

Martin is a new prediction and at 6'6, 260 pounds he has outstanding size. He could easily put on 20 pounds and still look like a "skinny" 280.


Notes: Elsdon and Jacobs form a disruptive duo of linebackers for Penn State. Jacobs actually plays wide receiver for McDonogh so his athleticism is unparalleled for a linebacker. 247's own rankings have Elsdon as a four-star as his tape shows terrific instincts at the linebacker position and ability to diagnose and attack plays before they develop. He's one who could easily become a blue-chip recruit before all is said and done.


Notes: Penn State will bring in a solid group of secondary recruits. Jennings is as good of a safety recruit coming out of high school as James Franklin has had, while Brown is the top-rated safety in JUCO. Gaines has the ability to grow into an outside linebacker down the road so that versatility is incredibly valuable. Joseph Johnson, at 6'2, has great size for a cornerback and will be able to line up opposite the bigger and more physical wide receivers of the Big Ten.

Green-Warren is the last predicted addition to the 2020 Class. Another 6'2 cornerback, Penn State could pair him with Johnson and have two big-bodied corners with the ability to play the ball in the air and shut down bigger receivers. Green-Warren was actually supposed to officially visit for the Whiteout but his willingness to reschedule for December 13 shows a strong desire to make it to campus and Franklin has proven a strong closer on the recruiting trail.

There is still plenty of time to go before the Class of 2020 signs, even with the early signing period in December. As we know, there are likely to be more changes between now and then, so make sure you stick with Roar Lions Roar to stay updated on all the happenings with this class.

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