Penn State recruiting: Nittany Lions legacy Brandon Clark to walk on; updated stats for commits

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Nittany Lions legacy Brandon Clark will play for Penn State

Penn State is down to a limited amount of scholarships in the 2018 recruiting cycle. The Nittany Lions managed to add an intriguing talent to the next freshman class Tuesday night without using a scholarship, as program legacy Brandon Clark announced his collegiate intention.

Clark, a senior at State College (Pa.) High School, will arrive on campus next year as a preferred walk-on player. He will compete for the program without a full athletic scholarship.

Clark is the second State College player to reveal plans for a future with Penn State in a one-month span. Teammate Keaton Ellis, a 2019 cornerback recruit and the only high school junior in Pennsylvania to hold a Nittany Lions offer, pledged to James Franklin on Sept. 9.

Like Ellis, Clark is the son of a former Penn State football player. His father, Bruce Clark, earned All-America honors in 1979 for his efforts on the defensive line. He played several seasons in the NFL.

It will be compelling to monitor where Brandon lands on the field during his college career. Listed at 6-foot-5, 200 pounds on State College’s MaxPreps page, he provides potential in a variety of roles.

Clark currently stars at receiver for State College, recording 15.3 yards per reception en route to 8 touchdown catches midway through his final prep campaign. He has 14 touchdown receptions as an upperclassman and presents matchup issues for opposing defensive backs.

If Clark continues to play receiver at Penn State, he’d join an impressive collection of Class of 2018 pass targets. This group features top-10 tight end recruits Pat Freiermuth and Zack Kuntz, along with a trio of receivers headlined by 5-star prospect Justin Shorter.

Clark, also a contributor on the State College basketball team, provides an additional dose of size and athleticism to a 2018 Nittany Lions freshman class that may be the finest of Franklin’s tenure. Like all walk-on players, he will have an opportunity to earn scholarship status through his performance while on campus.

Ellis referred to playing for Penn State as a lifelong goal during our discussion in early September. Clark echoed those sentiments Wednesday when he spoke with John McGonigal of the Centre Daily Times.

“I always wanted to go to Penn State. It was my dream to go there,” he said.

Penn State also lands preferred walk-on pledge from punter

Clark wasn’t the only high school senior who shared plans Wednesday to arrive at Penn State in 2018 as a preferred walk-on. The Nittany Lions also landed punter John Brosnahan.

The 6-foot, 185-pound specialist carries an FCS offer from North Carolina Central, according to 247Sports, but he will instead take a shot at challenging for a scholarship in Power 5 competition. Brosnahan attends Cox Mill (Concord, N.C.) High School.

He is held in pretty high esteem by Chris Sailer Kicking, an authoritative outlet in the specialist recruiting industry. The site lists him 16th overall among punters in the 2018 recruiting class, and lists Brosnahan as a definite Division I prospect.

“John is an exceptional punting talent,” Sailer wrote in his online assessment. “A great athlete with an elite leg. Punts with outstanding consistency. His technique and footwork are excellent. Does well under pressure. Has the tools to be a top punter in this class for the next few years. Also has a strong kickoff leg.”

Penn State is primed to sign a scholarship kicker this winter. Jake Pinegar of Iowa accepted a scholarship offer July 16. He is considered a top-5 talent at the position in 247Sports 2018 composite rankings.

Watch Brosnahan’s junior-season highlights here:


Penn State commitment stat tracker: Week 7

Each Wednesday, we’ll provide updated season statistics for various Nittany Lions commits. Although the number of games played for these prospects vary, below is a review of the production for several future Penn State players.

(Statistics are unofficial and obtained firsthand or courtesy of MaxPreps unless otherwise noted.)

WR Shaquon Anderson-Butts

High School: Harrisburg (Pa.)

Team Record: 6-0

Last Week: 3 receptions for 62 yards and 2 touchdowns in 82-3 win over Chambersburg

Season Stats: 12 receptions, 264 receiving yards, 7 total touchdowns

*Week 6 stats according to Brian Linder of PennLive.


DL Judge Culpepper

High School: Plant (Tampa, Fla.)

Team Record: 5-0

Last Week: 7 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 2 sacks in 43-0 win over Wharton

Season Stats: 30 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 7 receptions, 57 receiving yards, 1 touchdown


CB Keaton Ellis (2019)

High School: State College (Pa.)

Team Record: 5-1

Last Week: did not play (recovering from thumb surgery) in 36-21 loss to Cumberland Valley

Season Stats: 64 rushing yards, 163 receiving yards, 5 total touchdowns, 6 tackles, 3 pass breakups, 2 blocked kicks


WR Daniel George

High School: Oxon Hill (Md.)

Team Record: 4-2

Last Week: 2 receptions for 18 yards, 1 interception in 17-14 loss to Potomac

Season Stats: 25 receptions, 315 receiving yards, 5 total touchdowns, 7 interceptions


S Isaiah Humphries

High School: Sachse (Texas)

Team Record: 5-0

Last Week: 9 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 pass breakup in 49-18 win over Lakeview Centennial

Season Stats: 28 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions, 4 pass breakups


TE Zack Kuntz

High School: Camp Hill (Pa.)

Team Record: 3-3

Last Week: 5 receptions for 110 yards and 3 touchdowns, 1 interception in 40-7 win over Boiling Springs

Season Stats: 27 receptions, 596 yards, 7 total touchdowns

*Week 6 stats according to Brian Linder of PennLive.


CB Jordan Miner

High School: Wiregrass Ranch (Wesley Chapel, Fla.)

Team Record: 6-2

Last Week: 3 tackles in 23-13 loss to Gaither

Season Stats: 22 tackles, 4 pass breakups, 2 interceptions, 188 rushing yards, 119 receiving yards, 8 total touchdowns

WR Justin Shorter

High School: South Brunswick (N.J.)

Team Record: 3-1

Last Week: 5 receptions for 68 yards and 1 touchdown, 4 rushes for 24 yards, 1 interception in 21-6 win over Edison

Season Stats: 15 receptions, 221 receiving yards, 179 rushing yards, 5 total touchdowns


RB Ricky Slade

High School: C.D. Hylton (Woodbridge, Va.)

Team Record: 5-2

Last Week: 13 rushes for 343 yards and 5 touchdowns, 4 receptions for 51 yards and 1 touchdown, 2 kickoff return touchdowns in 64-35 win over Colgan

Season Stats: 1,057 rushing yards, 155 receiving yards, 20 total touchdowns


LB Nick Tarburton

High School: Pennridge (Perkasie, Pa.)

Team Record: 4-2

Last Week: 17 rushing yards, 8 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks in 26-6 win over Central Bucks West

Season Stats: 119 rushing yards, 112 receiving yards, 53 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 6 sacks

Miss any previous editions of our daily Penn State recruiting notebook? You can find them all here.

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