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James Franklin To Announce 2014 Class Wednesday at “The Signature Event”

While it seems that Christian Campbell committing last night leaves the football team with just one scholarship to give, don’t expect National Signing Day to be boring. In the world of college football and recruiting, you never know who’s going to decommit when and there are usually some surprises. James Franklin, along with current and former Nittany Lions, will officially announce the 2014 class tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the Bryce Jordan Center as part of “The Signature Event.”

The doors open at 5 p.m. for the 6 p.m. event in the BJC, following a press conference at 4 p.m. in which Franklin will discuss the recruits along with Michael Mauti and LaVar Arrington. Again, nothing is set in stone when it comes to recruiting, but the class is expected include 17 three-star commits and seven four-stars. The latter group includes athlete De’Andre Thompkins, receiver Saeed Blacknall, quarterback Michael O’Connor, receiver Chris Godwin, outside linebacker Troy Reeder, defensive tackle Tarow Barney, and running back Johnathan Thomas.

The slew of three-stars includes receiver Troy Apke, athlete Trace McSorley, tight end Mike Gesicki, athlete Koa Farmer, offensive tackle Noah Beh, athlete Daquan Worley, safety Marcus Allen, cornerback Grant Haley, running back Nick Scott, defensive tackle Antoine White, offensive tackle Chasz Wright, offensive tackle Brendan Brosnan, athlete Jason Cabinda, cornerback Amani Oruwariye, running back Mark Allen, safety Christian Campbell, and tight end Chance Sorrell.

Three-star defensive end Lloyd Tubman was initially committed to Penn State but decommitted on Monday and will announce his decision tomorrow at 9 a.m. Penn State is reportedly still in the mix. Tubman would round out the class at 25 scholarships if he again decides to come to Happy Valley.

As it currently stands,’s composite rankings, which averages out the ratings and ranking of recruits from all major outlets, has Penn State’s class as the 21st-best in the nation and the third-best in the Big Ten Conference.

We will have coverage from the press conference and “The Signature Event” coming tomorrow. Be sure to follow along with our live blog and on social media for updates, pictures, recruiting analysis, and more.

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Zach Berger

Zach Berger is a reporter and Onward State's Managing Editor Emeritus. You can find him at the Phyrst more nights than not. If he had to pick a last meal, Zach would go for a medium-rare New York strip steak with a side of garlic mashed potatoes and a cold BrewDog Punk IPA. You can reach him via e-mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at @theZachBerger.


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