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Recruitng Storylines: Michigan vs. Penn State

FightOnState.com takes a look at the recruiting stories that will play a role in Saturday's match-up

Michigan comes into this weekend's game against Penn State having one two out of the last three games between the two teams.  FightOnState.com looks at the past and present recruiting battles between Michigan and Penn State.


We concentrated on these three years because prior to the 2013 season, the last game between Michigan and Penn State was in 2010. 

Class of 2014: Penn State No. 25, Michigan No. 27

Class of 2015: Penn State No. 13, Michigan No. 14

Class of 2016 (last year’s class): Michigan No. 7, Penn State No. 21




Class of 2013, Randolph (NJ), 3-star, #18 OG

Mahon was an offensive tackle who was switched to guard once he came to Penn State. Mahon appeared in 12 games during his redshirt season in 2014 and started at left guard in nine of those games.  Mahon would then start in 11 out of 13 games in 2015 at both left guard and right tackle.  Mahon is currently playing left tackle.  Michigan offered Mahon first and then Penn State offered Mahon a couple of days later.  Mahon would then commit to Penn State on May 8, 2012.



Class of 2015, St. Joseph’s Prep (PA), 4-star, No. 12 CB

Reid appeared in 13 games and started in two of them during his true freshman season in 2015.  Reid had offers from both Penn State and Michigan.  Reid was so coveted that he actually had verbal offers from Rutgers and Boston College before he played a varsity game at the high school level.  Reid committed to Penn State on August 9, 2014.

Reid's 2016 stats through three games: 13 total tackles (7 solo), 1/2 a sack, one interception, one fumble recovery, and 13 punt returns for 115 yards.



Jabrill Peppers - ATHLETE

Class of 2014, Paramus Catholic (NJ), 5-star, No. 1 CB

Peppers is proving that his 5-star rating was on the money.  As a true freshman in 2014, Peppers appeared in three games and made one start.  During his sophomore campaign, Peppers started 12 games at defensive back and also contributed on special teams. 

Before committing to Michigan, Peppers’ final four schools also included Stanford, LSU and Penn State. At the end, none of those schools were really a threat to Michigan and he has become a star for the Wolverines.  Peppers committed to Michigan on May 26, 2013.

This year, Peppers plays multiple positions on defense (cornerback, linebacker, safety), returns punts, and takes snaps on offense.  Here are Peppers stats through three games: 2 carries for 24 yards, 8 punt returns for 173 yards and one touchdown, two kickoff returns for 81 yards, 28 total tackles (19 solo, 9.5. tackles for a loss), and one forced fumble.



Class of 2013, Joliet Catholic Academy (IL), 5-star, No. 7 RB

Isaac held offers from both schools, but ended up committing to USC on May 5, 2012.  The former 5-star running back would then transfer to Michigan before the 2014 season.  Isaac has carried the football 22 times for 77 yards and one touchdown through the first three games. He's also caught one pass for 21 yards.



Class of 2013, Hudson (MI), 4-star, No. 14 OLB

Gedeon had offers from both schools and Michigan was able to get him to verbally commit on April 10, 2012.  After verbally committing, Gedeon made it known that Michigan was his number one school throughout the his recruitment.

Gedeon is the second-leading tackler on the team with 25 total tackles (8 solo, 4 tackles for a loss).  He's also collected two sacks so far this season.


Grant Newsome

Class of 2015, Lawrenceville Prep (NJ), 4-star, No. 32 OT

Michigan has had a lot of success in attracting top prospects New Jersey and Newsome was another one that the Wolverines were able to snatch up.  Newsome committed to Michigan on November 21, 2014.  Newsome verbally committed while Brady Hoke was still the head coach and stayed committed when Hoke was fired.  The hiring of Jim Harbaugh was more than enough to keep Newsome committed to Michigan.

Kyle Kalis

Class of 2012, St. Edward (OH), 5-star, No. 6 OT

Penn State wasn’t a major player for Kalis, but Michigan wasn’t even the original choice for Kalis.  Kalis actually committed to Ohio State before changing his mind and de-committing from the Buckeyes.  Kalis would then verbally commit to Michigan on December 9, 2011.



We will concentrate mostly on the Penn State commits that received offers from both schools and the Michigan commits that had Penn State in its list of final schools. We've also included several players who have not committed to any schools as of yet.





C.J. Thorpe received offers from both schools, but the PSU legacy and committed to the Nittany Lions before the Blue-White Game.



Brelin Faison-Walden committed to Penn State on July 20.



Jonathan Sutherland committed to Penn State on July 24.  Michigan did not make Sutherland’s final four list of schools.




 Joel Honigford verbally committed to Michigan on June 29, 2016. Penn State offered Honigford but did make it into his final four. 



Penn State was in contention for Andrew Stueber until an offer from Michigan came along.  Stueber committed to Michigan on June 25, only one week after receiving an offer from the Wolverines.





Dayln Wade-Perry has offers from both schools but only Penn State has made it onto his top six.


Lamont Wade has offers from both schools but only Penn State made it onto his top six.  Michigan offered Wade a little later in his recruitment but by that point Wade no longer had any interest in the Wolverines.  Wade is set to take his official visit to Penn State on November 5, 2016.


Cesar Ruiz was offered by both schools, but Penn State did not make it into his final three.  Michigan is considered to be the school to beat out.


Mehki Becton put both Penn State and Michigan into his top three list.


Drew Singleton put both Michigan and Penn State into his top six.  Singleton’s current ties to Michigan (former Paramus assistant coach Chris Partridge and former teammate Rashaun Gary) will make it tough for Penn State to land the 4-star linebacker.



Scott Nelson received offers from both schools, but only Penn State made onto his final five list of schools. 


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