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Penn State's Stars On The Rise

As things stand, the Nittany Lions are going to finish with their highest average recruit star rating since the Sandusky scandal broke and the second highest in the last decade.

As of this writing (Monday night), Penn State was ranked No. 15 in Scout’s national team recruiting rankings and No. 4 among Big Ten programs. http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/story/1750324-top-va-il...

But that is not necessarily the best reflection of how the Nittany Lions’ recruiting has steadily improved in four years under James Franklin.

As of Monday evening, Penn State’s 19 commitments had an average star rating of 3.58. If that stands through Signing Day (Wednesday), it will mark the Nittany Lions’ highest average star rating since the Sandusky scandal hit in 2011 and the second highest average over the past decade.

In that span, only the 2010 class — which ranked No. 9 in the nation with only 19 members — checked in with a better average star rating (3.89). (That class ended up being a disaster, by the way.)

Reshuffling the national ranking Monday by average star rating did not make much difference on where the Lions landed — they bumped up one spot, to No. 14.

But it did make a difference in the Big Ten, where PSU was only behind the gaudy average star ratings of Ohio State (a national-best 4.2) and Michigan (3.77).

Maryland, which ranked 10th in the overall rankings and third in the Big Ten, was pushed back when things were resorted by average star rating. At 3.25 stars, the Terps were 26th in the nation and fifth in the B1G.

The big difference?

Penn State does not have a full complement of scholarships to give this year. The Lions have filled 19 spots to date and figure to end up with 20, at best. (The Scout rankings take into account the quality and quantity of recruits in a class.) http://www.scout.com/college/penn-state/story/1745379-penn-state-countdo...

Maryland, meanwhile, had 28 commits as of Monday night.

This was coming into play at the top of the national standings, too. As of Monday night, the Buckeyes ranked fourth because they only had 20 commits. But no other program was even close to OSU’s average star rating (4.2), which was bolstered by a whopping six five-star prospects and a dozen top 100.

Then you had Stanford, which checked in at No. 25 in the overall ranking with only 13 commits. Reshuffled by average star rating, the Cardinal shot all the way up to No. 4 (with an impressive 3.85).

You can fiddle with sorting Scout’s national rankings at the link below. Just click on whatever topic you like at the top of the rundown, and it will reflow the list.

SCOUT'S SORTABLE NATIONAL RECRUITING RANKINGS

In the meantime, here is a look at where Penn State has finished recruiting-wise over the last decade. 


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As of this writing (Monday night), Penn State was ranked No. 15 in Scout’s national team recruiting rankings and No. 4 among Big Ten programs. http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/story/1750324-top-va-il...

But that is not necessarily the best reflection of how the Nittany Lions’ recruiting has steadily improved in four years under James Franklin.

As of Monday evening, Penn State’s 19 commitments had an average star rating of 3.58. If that stands through Signing Day (Wednesday), it will mark the Nittany Lions’ highest average star rating since the Sandusky scandal hit in 2011 and the second highest average over the past decade.

In that span, only the 2010 class — which ranked No. 9 in the nation with only 19 members — checked in with a better average star rating (3.89). (That class ended up being a disaster, by the way.)

Reshuffling the national ranking Monday by average star rating did not make much difference on where the Lions landed — they bumped up one spot, to No. 14.

But it did make a difference in the Big Ten, where PSU was only behind the gaudy average star ratings of Ohio State (a national-best 4.2) and Michigan (3.77).

Maryland, which ranked 10th in the overall rankings and third in the Big Ten, was pushed back when things were resorted by average star rating. At 3.25 stars, the Terps were 26th in the nation and fifth in the B1G.

The big difference?

Penn State does not have a full complement of scholarships to give this year. The Lions have filled 19 spots to date and figure to end up with 20, at best. (The Scout rankings take into account the quality and quantity of recruits in a class.) http://www.scout.com/college/penn-state/story/1745379-penn-state-countdo...

Maryland, meanwhile, had 28 commits as of Monday night.

This was coming into play at the top of the national standings, too. As of Monday night, the Buckeyes ranked fourth because they only had 20 commits. But no other program was even close to OSU’s average star rating (4.2), which was bolstered by a whopping six five-star prospects and a dozen top 100.

Then you had Stanford, which checked in at No. 25 in the overall ranking with only 13 commits. Reshuffled by average star rating, the Cardinal shot all the way up to No. 4 (with an impressive 3.85).

You can fiddle with sorting Scout’s national rankings at the link below. Just click on whatever topic you like at the top of the rundown, and it will reflow the list.

SCOUT'S SORTABLE NATIONAL RECRUITING RANKINGS

In the meantime, here is a look at where Penn State has finished recruiting-wise over the last decade.

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