National Signing Day 2018: Penn State NSD Primer

By Dan Vecellio on February 6, 2018 at 8:28 am
Four-star OL Rasheed Walker

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Well this is a bit anti-climatic, isn't it?

The normal rush of excitement that comes with February's National Signing Day was transferred to December this year as 2018 prospects had the opportunity to sign early and tie a bow on the recruiting process for the first time. Penn State received signatures from 22 members of their class in December. 19 of those came as no surprise as they had been verbal commitments leading up to the early signing day. Nazareth, PA native Jahan Doton had decommitted from UCLA several days earlier, and signed with the Lions during the early period. Micah Parsons, the five-star prospect who had committed to Penn State in 2016, and de-committed in early 2017, decided to re-commit to the Lions and sign his LOI on December 20th. And finally, New Jersey prospect Jayson Oweh made his commitment known at the Under Armour All-America Game on January 4th, revealing that he had also signed in December, but kept it under wraps up until his announcement.

WHO'S STILL DECIDING?

Penn State goes into National Signing Day with two undecided targets still in play.

Rasheed Walker, the sixth-best offensive tackle in the 2018 class according to the 247Sports Composite, will decide between the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes on Wednesday, according to most experts, with Virginia Tech as a distant third choice. Walker took his official visit to Columbus on January 20th and heard final thoughts during in-home stops from Urban Meyer and James Franklin on back-to-back days last week. 

Crystal Ball predictions have been pouring in for the Nittany Lions over the past week (Penn State currently holds a commanding 89% - 11% lead in expert picks), but given how close this race has been over the past few months, you shouldn't count recruiting chickens before they hatch. Walker will sign at noon.

Nittany Lion legacy recruit Solomon Enis, the son of legendary running back Curtis Enis, will also be making his decision on Wednesday, choosing between a quartet of schools: Arizona State, USC, Utah, and Penn State. Enis has been high on the Nittany Lions for a long time, but with four commitments from wide receivers already in the 2018 class, playing time may play a role in his decision. Proximity to family is presumably also a factor, as the Enis family now resides in Arizona, making the west coast flavor of finalists sensical. However, I can't believe that James Franklin would turn down the talented son of a former Penn State star if Enis ended up believe Penn State was the best spot to continue his football career and earn an education. That was the trend from the experts as well, but things have swung towards the Utes recently.

ANY OTHER FAMILIAR FACES?

Yes, one. Shaquon Anderson-Butts, high school teammate of Micah Parsons and Penn State commit since July 2017, did not sign with the school back in December, the only committed member of the class at that time to not do so. Rumors have been swirling around his ability to become academically eligible, which may have caused the delay. We'll have to wait and see if things have cleared up enough to where Penn State gives him the go-ahead to put pen to paper on Wednesday. 

HOW DO I FOLLOW ALONG?

Luckily for you, you read Roar Lions Roar! To stay up to date on who has and hasn't signed, all you need to do is follow us on Twitter and Instagram, as well as continue to check the homepage and our signing day hub all day long! We'll keep you updated on who has signed as well as other fun things that pop up throughout the signing period.

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