Busy Saturday On Tap for State

James Franklin and his staff will be back in University Park to play host to more recruits this weekend.

Penn State’s Class of 2015 has yet to sign. But that’s not stopping the Nittany Lions from recruiting for the future.

James Franklin and his staff are set to host an impressive group of recruits Saturday at University Park, even though Signing Day is next Wednesday and the program’s first unofficial Junior Day is set for Feb. 28.

Even more impressively, the program is getting several top 2016 and 2017 recruits on campus despite Saturday’s Junior Day being held by West Virginia.

For a random January weekend, it’s a very solid group of unofficial visitors.

Simmons & Zembiec

Class of 2016

All three of Penn State’s verbal commitments will be on hand: Pittsburgh Woodland Hills running back Miles Sanders (shown at top of page); Rochester, N.Y., Aquinas quarterback Jake Zembiec; and Hyattsville, Md., DeMatha Catholic end Shane Simmons.

Then, there are a group of prospects who have long been on the Lions’ radar and hold offers. That group includes: Old Tappan, N.J., four-star corner Jordan Fuller; Detroit King four-star corner LaVert Hill: Philadelphia Imhotep Charter tight end Naseir Upshur; Hyattsville, Md., tackle Terrance Davis; Cranford, N.J., tackle Will Fries; Lake-Lehman, Pa., tackle Connor McGovern; and kicker Quinn Nordan.

Washington, D.C., Archbishop Carroll tackle Jauan Williams and Pittsburgh Central Catholic offered corner Damar Hamlin may also be on hand, but their plans weren't cemented as of late Thursday evening.


Class of 2017

Three prospects confirmed their trips early this week: Philadelphia, Pa., St. Joe's running back D’Andre Swift is coming with Upshur; and Monroeville, Pa., Gateway tackle Robert Hainsey is also making the trip.

Seton-LaSalle sophomore athlete Paris Ford may also be on hand, but as of late Thursday night it was not clear if he would end up at West Virginia or Penn State Saturday.

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