The advent of the early signing period in December has taken some of the excitement away from February's traditional National Signing Day, but that does not mean there is no intrigue for the Nittany Lions heading into Wednesday's festivities. Three players are expected to sign their Letters of Intent with Penn State, while as many as three more could do the same.
Penn State heads into the day with 22 commits, 19 already signed, and the No. 10 ranked class nationally according to 247Sports.
- Three-star DE Smith Vilbert, three-star DT Joseph Appiah Darkwa, and three-star DB Daequan Hardy will sign their letters and send them in at some point during the day. Vilbert and Appiah Darkwa verbally committed to the Nittany Lions in January, while Hardy committed about 10 hours ago. A fourth, four-star DT D'Von Ellies announced his commitment during last month's Polynesian Bowl, but had already sent in his letter during December's signing period.
- Three-star WR T.J. Jones, and four-star OL Doug Nester will announce their decisions on Wednesday. Jones will hold a ceremony at his high school at 10 a.m., while Nester will do so at 5 p.m.
- A third player, four-star safety and current Florida State commit Nick Cross is expected to make his plans known at some point during the day as well.
This one appears to be the least dramatic as far Penn State is concerned. Jones visited campus during the last weekend in January, and all of the momentum appears to be going the Nittany Lions' way. With last weekend's visit to Georgia Tech scrapped, expect the Lake City, FL native to sign with the Nittany Lions on Wednesday morning.
Penn State felt very good about where they stood with the big offensive lineman from West Virginia after his official visit in late-January, capping off a month of positive vibes with the current Ohio State commit. However, he took his final official visit to Virginia Tech last weekend, and the Crystal Ball picks to the Hokies followed. Never say never, but it looks like the Justin Fuente will flip the four-star prospect from the Buckeyes.
If drama is what you crave, then keep your eye on the elite safety from DeMatha Catholic. Cross has been committed to Florida State for months, but more than a few eyebrows were raised in December when he held off signing with the Seminoles. Late visits to both Georgia and Penn State have added even more intrigue to perhaps the biggest unknown in the nation heading into Signing Day. His head coach at DeMatha, Elijah Broroks, was brought on board by Mike Locksley as well. This could go any direction. There is no set time for Cross to make an announcement.