The Lions snapped up three commitments by the time the clock hit midnight on the final day of February, as the program landed pledges from MLB Jake Cooper and DE Ryan Buchholz Monday before picking up a commitment from RB Andre Robinson Thursday.
The recruiting victories bring Penn State's class to seven members heading into March, good for the eighth spot in Scout's team rankings as of early Friday morning.
Commitment Impact: Andre Robinson
From a numbers perspective, I'd expect the Lions to be done at running back. They got both of their top targets in Saquon Barkley and Robinson, and while Josh Adams from Central Bucks South is listed as a running back, I suspect he'll be looked at on the defensive side of the ball by Penn State going forward.
The thing that sticks out most about the seven verbal commitments to join the fold in the last 12 days is their willingness to recruit. If James Franklin was and is going to follow through on his "Dominate the State" mantra, he needed to get players in the class early to recruit other Keystone State bluechippers.
He has that in Cooper, Buchholz, Robinson, Barkley, and Ryan Bates. There's no doubt in my mind John Reid, a corner from the Philly area, and Jordan Whitehead and Sterling Jenkins, a corner and tackle from the Pittsburgh area, respectively, will hear from all five of the committed guys in a hurry.
As for Robinson, his lone knock is his speed. It's present, but he's not a guy that is going to get the edge and run away from defenders. That's more Barkley, while Robinson is more of a between the tackles pounder, in my view. I believe they compliment each other well, which is why they were at the top of the board. Lone Ranger
I felt like fitting the that in somewhere, but really, we're talking about the lone offer that we tracked Thursday. It went out to Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas three-star safety Tyson Cisrow, the 13th offer out to a Sunshine State prospect by my count. We'll see if Penn State can get any of these guys on campus, but it's clear they will give it a go in Florida, if nothing else.
As we noted earlier Thursday, former Penn State center Ty Howle is back in State College as a graduate assistant for the Lions. He's one of four the program is allowed.