Penn state's national signing day
In case you were living under a rock, the 2018 recruiting season wrapped up yesterday with National Signing Day festivities. Penn State brought in one very big signee while seeing two other targets sign papers with other schools.
- The Lions got a huge commitment from Rasheed Walker, the 6th-best offensive tackle prospect in the class.
- Four-star wide receiver Solomon Enis gave his pledge to Utah. James Franklin's comments yesterday make it seem that the Lions cooled off on Enis over the past month.
- Harrisburg product Shaquon Anderson-Butts did not end up signing with Penn State, but rather with JUCO powerhouse Iowa Western. Grades seem to be the factor there.
The word on walker
In the wake of Rasheed Walker's commitment to Penn State, 247Sports' Brian Dohn was able to talk with his North Point HS coach Tom Petre, who sees big things in the future for his former offensive lineman:
"I think he hasn't even come close to reaching his ceiling," Petre said. "He has gotten better each year. When he was a freshman, he was as raw as raw can be. He was 14 years old and beat himself up that year playing varsity and learning the ropes. He came out as a sophomore and took steps forward, and he took steps forward his junior year.
"From his junior year to senior year, he took some big strides. I think what he brings is he's a finisher. He works hard, he trains hard, he prepares hard. He's the nicest kid off the field, but when you get between the lines, he's looking to do work."
The Nittany Lions had a few spots for offensive linemen in this recruiting class and ended up signing four players that could prove to be upgrades over players they previously signed. Walker is the highest rated of the group and is the closest to field ready of the four because of his advanced techniques and aggressive nature on the field. The progress he has shown over the last two years with his patience and timing when pass blocking has been really impressive.
2019 qb offered
While the Lions already have one 2019 quarterback committed, they are still handing out offers to signal-callers in next year's class, trying to haul in a second prospect at the position. The latest to hear from Franklin and Co. is Connecticut's Taisun Phommachanh:
— Taisun P (@tydollaz3) February 7, 2018
Phommachanh, a four-star dual-threat QB, is ranked 311th in the 2019 class and has 18 offers on his resumé, including ones from Michigan, Florida State, and Boston College.