Penn State recruiting started the 2019 recruiting year slow with just three commitments through mid-May. However, five verbals in less than a week have pushed the Nittany Lions to third in the Big Ten and 14th in the country.
Devyn Ford and Jaquan Brisker
Things kicked off on May 18 when the blue and white received commitments from Devyn Ford and Jaquan Brisker. Ford is a 4-star running back ranked third at his position nationally. He’s out of Stafford, Va. and stands at 5-11 and 195 pounds. Ford is ranked 65th overall nationally. According to 247Sports, Ford ran for 2,056 yards and 32 touchdowns in 2017.
Joining Ford on the 18th was 6-2 safety Jaquan Brisker. Brisker, a 3-star out of Lackawanna CC, is the 9th ranked JUCO recruit for the class of 2019. Brisker had offers from multiple other schools, including Alabama.
Marquis Wilson joined the Nittany Lions on May 20. Wilson is a 6-0, 175-pound athlete out of Windsor, Conn. As a 4-star, Wilson is ranked in the national top 300 and 9th at the position.
Tyler Rudolph and Brandon Smith
Another big day for Penn State recruiting came on Sunday, May 21. James Franklin received two coveted commitments from Tyler Rudolph and Brandon Smith.
Tyler Rudolph adds another four stars to this recruiting class. A 6-1 safety, Rudolph is another top Nittany Lions commit from the state of Connecticut. Among the safety’s numerous other offers are Big Ten schools Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Rutgers and Wisconsin.
Also on the 21st, Penn State received a huge verbal from 5-star Brandon Smith. Smith is the 30th ranked player nationally, as well as the second-ranked inside linebacker. The Louisa County linebacker is 6-4 and 223 pounds from Mineral, Va. Smith has offers from nearly all of the nation’s top programs. The Nittany Lions are excited that he plans on landing in Happy Valley.
Blessed to announce that I am committed to Penn State University 🦁🔵⚪️🏈 #weare @coachjfranklin @CoachPry_LBU @knnysndrs. Special thanks to @PlatinumGandE for this awesome edit! pic.twitter.com/LMXcXG0x5A
— Brandon Smith (@brand0n_smith12) May 21, 2018