Ok, the 2017 class is in the books, so let's get ready for 2018. Who are the kids to know in Pennsylvania?
Scout takes a look at the "Must Know" prospects in Keystone State's 2018 class, and the latest happenings in their recruitment.
1. Micah Parsons committed to Penn State nearly a year ago, and he remains committed to the Nittany Lions but it will be a long, interesting ride to signing day. Parsons is being recruited heavily by Ohio State, where he visited several times. He said he is also considering Michigan, USC, Florida and Georgia. He also received an offer from Oregon, which he called his dream school when he was younger. The Harrisburg (Pa.) High star said he does not have any visits set for the spring yet.
2. Isheem Young, the No. 30 prospect in the nation, is a hard hitter who is physical in the running game and can cover in the passing game outside of the numbers. The Philadelphia Imhotep safety has an impressive offer list, and at the top of it is Penn State, which is in good position. However, Florida State, Ohio State, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee and Maryland are all in contention for Young.
3. The top quarterback in the East is Phil Jurkovec, who is committed to Notre Dame. The Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine-Richland standout is a dual-threat player who can move hurt defenses in a variety of ways because of his running ability and arm strength. But the most impressive aspect of Jurkovec is his toughness. There were games in 2016 in which he was hit hard, and hit often, but he continued to play and excel.
4. Zack Kuntz had plenty of options, but the one closest to home turned out to be the best. The Camp Hill (Pa.) High standout committed to Penn State, which has the No. 1 class in the nation. His combination of size and athleticism will make him a red zone threat the moment he steps on campus.
5. Aliquippa (Pa.) High safety Kwantel Raines, the No. 12 safety in the nation, told Scout he plans to visit Kentucky, Penn State and Michigan State in in the coming months, and he was also interested when LSU and South Carolina recently offered. Raines said he will not start trimming his extensive offer list until the summer and there are a number of other schools heavily involved, including Pittsburgh and West Virginia. Some schools are floating the idea of Raines playing receiver as well, but he is a high-level safety prospect.
6. Notre Dame's success in western Pennsylvania in the 2017 class moved over to the 2018 class as well with the commitment of Matthew Bauer of Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep. Bauer made his decision in August, and he is solid with the Irish. He is also the top outside linebacker in Pennsylvania, and the No. 16 outside linebacker in the class.
7. The top offensive guard in the region plays on the edge of at Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep, and he has no shortage of suitors. Fredrick Scruggs' offer list is impressive -- LSU and Michigan were his most recent offers -- but a few schools appear to be out in front. Scruggs like Penn State and and Ohio State, and the two could battle it out when all is said and done.
8. Shaquon Anderson-Butts, a receiver at Harrisburg (Pa.) High, long mentioned Penn State as his leader, but he also wants to see what else is out there before he makes a decision. One of those schools he is interested in sits across the country, and Anderson-Butts said he will visit Oregon on April 26. He added he plans to make another trip to Penn State in the spring, as well as making trips to "Louisville, West Virginia, Kentucky and a couple of SEC schools in the summer."
9. Jesse Luketa, an outside linebacker from Erie (Pa.) Mercyhurst, committed to Penn State last week, but it did not stop others from coming after him. Ohio State offered this week, and expect plenty of schools to stop by in the spring since there are several high-level prospects in Erie in this cycle. What should help Penn State in holding onto Luketa is the fact he long dreamed of playing for the Nittany Lions, and after he was offered, it did not take him long to commit.
10. Kyle Pitts offers versatility, in some regards, because he is a very good tight end prospect and also an intriguing defensive end. UCLA, Baylor and Oklahoma each offered in the last month, and the Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood standout told Scout although he is yet to set up an visits for the next few months, he does want to get to Ohio State. The interesting part with Pitts is although Penn State looks like a favorable option, the Nittany Lions already have two tight end commitments in the 2018 class.
Ten More To Know
11. Charlie Katshir, OLB, Mechanicsburg (Pa.) Cumberland Valley
12. Darryle Simmons, WR, Philadelphia St. Josephs's Prep
13. Justin Johnson, OT, Philadelphia Imhotep
14. James Gmiter, DT, Bethel Park (Pa.) High
15. Nick Tarburton, OLB, Perkasie (Pa.) Pennridge
16. T.J. Banks, DE, North Versailles (Pa.) East Allegheny
17. Marcus Hooker, CB, New Castle (Pa.) High
18. Chris Bleich, OT, Scranton (Pa.) Wyoming Valley West
19. Jake Kradel, OT, Butler (Pa.) Area
20. Matt Palmer, ILB, Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood