Penn State football recruiting: Latest updates on Nittany Lions’ next class

Penn State continues to cast a broad net in its pursuit of prospects. The Nittany Lions have rapidly expanded an impressive collection of targets in the 2019 recruiting cycle, creating opportunities for key commitments across America.

Penn State coach James Franklin signed the highest-ranked recruiting class in program history in early February and now aims to duplicate success with a new wave of high school athletes. Here are the latest updates regarding those efforts.

Where Penn State’s recruiting class ranks

Penn State currently carries two commitments in its 2019 recruiting class: New Jersey quarterback Taquan Roberson and local State College cornerback Keaton Ellis. This tandem forms an early foundation for a class ranked No. 33 overall and No. 6 among Big Ten programs in 247Sports composite rankings.

The Miami Hurricanes are listed No. 1 nationally, while Wisconsin (No. 3 overall) leads the conference rankings.

Latest news for Penn State football recruiting

Devyn Ford returned to Penn State this week. (Land of 10/file photo)

Penn State 2019 offers, by the numbers

* Based on 247Sports composite rankings.

  • Reported offers: 133
  • 5-star offers: 13
  • 4-star offers: 91
  • In-state recruits offered: 3
  • California recruits offered: 3
  • Florida recruits offered: 22
  • Georgia recruits offered: 10
  • New Jersey recruits offered: 6
  • Ohio recruits offered: 8
  • Texas recruits offered: 12

Penn State football’s 2019 class

There are two recruits committed. They are listed below in order of composite ranking.

  • QB Taquan Roberson, Wayne (N.J.)
  • CB Keaton Ellis, State College (N.J.)
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Keaton Ellis (3) committed to Penn State on Sept. 9. (Tyler Donohue/Land of 10)

Top uncommitted Penn State targets

The Nittany Lions are searching for talent in the 2019 recruiting cycle. Here are some notable highly ranked targets.

  • T Devontae Dobbs, Belleville (Mich.): The nation’s top-ranked tackle, Dobbs carries nearly 30 Power 5 offers. He visited Penn State in July and, based on his conversations with Land of 10, Penn State appears primed to last in this recruitment as a long-term contender.
  • RB Devyn Ford, Stafford (Va.): Ford placed Penn State on his top-6 list this winter, returned to campus earlier this week and plans to announce a commitment before his senior season. He rushed for 2,056 yards and 32 touchdowns in 2017, running behind Nittany Lions tackle signee Nana Asiedu.
  • S Lewis Cine, Everett (Mass):  Cine, considered a top-5 safety prospect, visited only one university during the 2017 season: Penn State. He named the Nittany Lions his leader in January, though schools such as Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State and Southern California have entered the mix since Penn State extended an offer in July.
  • LB Andre White, Harrisburg (Pa.):  White, one of only two high school juniors in Pennsylvania who claim a Nittany Lions offer, played alongside top-ranked Penn State signee Micah Parsons in 2017 at Harrisburg High School. He led the team with 87 tackles, including 10 for loss.

Geographical breakdown of Penn State class

Here is a review of Penn State’s prospects by state:

  • New Jersey: 1 (Roberson)
  • Pennsylvania: 1 (Ellis)

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