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Penn State Tops Early 2018 Recruiting Rankings

Less than a week after signing the Class of 2017, James Franklin and company have already set a strong foundation for the Nittany Lions' Class of 2018.

Scout unveiled its first national rankings for the 2018 recruiting cycle Tuesday afternoon. It came as little surprise that Penn State was the early No. 1 on the list.

James Franklin's program has already secured 10 commitments for next year’s class with an average star rating of 3.80 (see the list below). Three of those commitments have happened since Signing Day for the Class of 2017, which was last Wednesday.

SEE THE EARLY CLASS OF 2018 RECRUITING RANKINGS

Of the rest of the schools in the initial 25, only BYU has more than seven commits. The Cougars have nine, but those athletes carry an average rating of 2.78 stars. So BYU checks in at No. 19 in the rankings.

USC, which beat Penn State in the Rose Bowl, also has set the foundation for what could be a strong class. The Trojans have five commits with an average star rating of 4.20, and their class is currently ranked No. 2 behind PSU’s.

The Nittany Lions have 1,526 points in Scout’s rating system. USC has 1,088. Nobody else has more than 1,000. 

Other Big Ten schools in the initial top 25 include Ohio State (No. 9), Michigan State (No. 12), Nebraska (No. 14) and Michigan (No. 16).

Obviously, with 51 weeks to go until Signing Day for the Class of 2018, plenty can (and will) change in these rankings.

But from Penn State’s perspective, the hot start is a reflection of the early work Franklin and his staff put in on this class for the last couple of years. And the Lions are undoubtedly seeing an uptick in recruiting thanks to their stunning run to the Big Ten title and the Rose Bowl last season.

PENN STATE'S CLASS OF 2018 (SO FAR)

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Scout unveiled its first national rankings for the 2018 recruiting cycle Tuesday afternoon. It came as little surprise that Penn State was the early No. 1 on the list.

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James Franklin's program has already secured 10 commitments for next year’s class with an average star rating of 3.80 (see the list below). Three of those commitments have happened since Signing Day for the Class of 2017, which was last Wednesday.

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SEE THE EARLY CLASS OF 2018 RECRUITING RANKINGS

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Of the rest of the schools in the initial 25, only BYU has more than seven commits. The Cougars have nine, but those athletes carry an average rating of 2.78 stars. So BYU checks in at No. 19 in the rankings.

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USC, which beat Penn State in the Rose Bowl, also has set the foundation for what could be a strong class. The Trojans have five commits with an average star rating of 4.20, and their class is currently ranked No. 2 behind PSU’s.

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The Nittany Lions have 1,526 points in Scout’s rating system. USC has 1,088. Nobody else has more than 1,000. 

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Other Big Ten schools in the initial top 25 include Ohio State (No. 9), Michigan State (No. 12), Nebraska (No. 14) and Michigan (No. 16).

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Obviously, with 51 weeks to go until Signing Day for the Class of 2018, plenty can (and will) change in these rankings.

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But from Penn State’s perspective, the hot start is a reflection of the early work Franklin and his staff put in on this class for the last couple of years. And the Lions are undoubtedly seeing an uptick in recruiting thanks to their stunning run to the Big Ten title and the Rose Bowl last season.

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PENN STATE'S CLASS OF 2018 (SO FAR)

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Scout unveiled its first national rankings for the 2018 recruiting cycle Tuesday afternoon. It came as little surprise that Penn State was the early No. 1 on the list.

James Franklin's program has already secured 10 commitments for next year’s class with an average star rating of 3.80 (see the list below). Three of those commitments have happened since Signing Day for the Class of 2017, which was last Wednesday.

SEE THE EARLY CLASS OF 2018 RECRUITING RANKINGS

Of the rest of the schools in the initial 25, only BYU has more than seven commits. The Cougars have nine, but those athletes carry an average rating of 2.78 stars. So BYU checks in at No. 19 in the rankings.

USC, which beat Penn State in the Rose Bowl, also has set the foundation for what could be a strong class. The Trojans have five commits with an average star rating of 4.20, and their class is currently ranked No. 2 behind PSU’s.

The Nittany Lions have 1,526 points in Scout’s rating system. USC has 1,088. Nobody else has more than 1,000.

Other Big Ten schools in the initial top 25 include Ohio State (No. 9), Michigan State (No. 12), Nebraska (No. 14) and Michigan (No. 16).

Obviously, with 51 weeks to go until Signing Day for the Class of 2018, plenty can (and will) change in these rankings.

But from Penn State’s perspective, the hot start is a reflection of the early work Franklin and his staff put in on this class for the last couple of years. And the Lions are undoubtedly seeing an uptick in recruiting thanks to their stunning run to the Big Ten title and the Rose Bowl last season.

PENN STATE'S CLASS OF 2018 (SO FAR)

http://www.scout.com/college/penn-state/2018-football-commits?size=35

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