[Live Blog] National Signing Day 2017

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Welcome to National Signing Day, Penn State fans! James Franklin and his staff will welcome their newest crop of Nittany Lions throughout the day as Letters of Intent are faxed in to Lasch Building. We’ll keep updating this page as more recruits make things official. Penn State is one of 16 programs who will be featured by ESPN.

Class of 2017 Signees

6:08 — Penn State started the morning with a surprise commitment from three-star defensive tackle Corey Bolds, who boosts the class to 20 members.

7:28 — Sean Clifford, the Under Armour All-American quarterback out of Cincinnati, was the first player to fax his LOI to Lasch this morning.

7:38 — Hulking offensive guard CJ Thorpe quickly followed suit 10 minutes later. Here’s what his introduction looked like.

7:49 — Journey Brown, who hails from Meadville and holds this year’s fastest 60 meter dash time in Pennsylvania, was next.

7:55 — Touted Virginia defensive end Yetur Matos faxed in his NLI shortly thereafter.

8:06 — Cass Tech cornerback Donovan Johnson, who clocked the nation’s fastest shuttle at Nike’s The Opening, joined the party next.

8:10 — Three-star wide receiver Brailyn Franklin from Virginia is now in.

8:26 — New Jersey’s fourth-rated prospect, four-star defensive tackle Fred Hansard, is officially a Nittany Lion.

8:35 — Four-star Virginia safety Jonathan Sutherland has signed on with James Franklin’s team.

8:35 — He was thought to be a possible late flip to Penn State, but four-star wide receiver reaffirmed his commitment to Georgia — signing his NLI with the Bulldogs.

8:44 — Four-star wide receiver KJ Hamler announced with President Eric Barron alongside him that he will enroll mid-year.

8:51 — Three-star Georgia cornerback D.J. Brown is the latest Penn State signing.

9:02 — Another New Jersey kid! It’s three-star tackle Robert Martin who’s the 10th signed to Penn State on National Signing Day.

9:21 — Now it’s three-star linebacker Brelin Faison-Walden, who’s already enrolled for spring classes at Penn State.

9:27 — Despite a late charge from Notre Dame, who recently offered, the Nittany Lions secured receiver Mac Hippenhammer’s NLI.

9:37 — Des Holmes faxed in his signature 10 minutes later, meaning all four of Penn State’s future offensive linemen are now officially part of the program, as Mike Miranda is already enrolled.

9:52 — Harrisburg defensive end Damion Barber was next on the docket of prospects to Facetime Coach Franklin.

10:15 — Three-star defensive tackle Corey Bolds, who committed to the Nittany Lions at dawn, is officially on board.

10:23 — The ink dried on three-star receiver Cameron Sullivan-Brown’s NLI a few minutes later. He was the No. 10 player in the state of Maryland.

10:32 — Offensive lineman Mike Miranda is welcomed by the staff to the Penn State program. He’s one of four players who enrolled in school for the spring semester.

10:49 — Lamont Wade, James Franklin’s crown jewel of the Class of 2017, makes his signing official. He’s a Nittany Lion.

10:52 — Standout linebacker Ellis Brooks officially joins the Penn State family. Already at 230 lbs, the former Duke commit who flipped last week looks and plays the part of a big time linebacker. He’ll be a mainstay for years to come.

UPDATE: Penn State earned a commitment from four-star corner Tariq Castro-Fields Wednesday afternoon. He also strongly considered offers from Maryland and Alabama, but picked the Nittany Lions during a ceremony at his high school — Riverdale Baptist in Upper Marlboro, Md.

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