Penn State Football National Signing Day 2015 [Live Blog]
At long last, the moment college football fans have been waiting for is here — National Signing Day.
High school seniors from across the country will put an end to the speculation and rumors and sign their letters of intent to play for the college football program of their choosing. For the one and only time all year, a fax machine will be the most critical piece of equipment in Lasch Building as James Franklin and the coaching staff anxiously await commitments from a full allotment of 25 recruits — giving Penn State a projected 84 scholarships for the first time since 2011.
James Franklin will address the media at 3:30 p.m. before hosting “The Signature Event” at Rec Hall at 6 p.m. to announce the 2015 class.
Heading into Wednesday morning, Penn State’s class is currently ranked No.5 by Scout, No. 13 by Rivals, 247sports, and ESPN. You can find a full list of the 25 players currently expected to sign below, followed by our live coverage of today’s events.
For a complete breakdown of the expected 2015 class, click here.
The four stars:
- OT Sterling Jenkins* – Pittsburgh, PA
- OT Paris Palmer* – Scranton, PA
- OT Ryan Bates – Warminster, PA
- RB Saquon Barkley – Whitehall, PA
- RB Andre Robinson – Harrisburg, PA
- WR Juwan Johnson – Glassboro, NJ
- WR Irvin Charles – Haddonfield, NJ
- WR Brandon Polk – Ashburn, VA
- CB Garrett Taylor – Richmond, VA
- CB John Reid – Philadelphia, PA
- DE Kamonte Carter – Gaithersburg, MD
- DE Ryan Buchholz – Malvern, PA
- OLB Manny Bowen – Barnegat, NJ
The three stars:
- QB Tommy Stevens* – Indianapolis, IN
- OG Steven Gonzalez – Union City, NJ
- TE Nick Bowers – Kittanning, PA
- ATH Daiquan Kelly – Union City, NJ
- ILB Jake Cooper – Warminster, PA
- DE Shareef Miller – Philadelphia, PA
- DE Jonathan Holland – Potomac, MD
- DE Kevin Givens – Altoona, PA
- DT Robert Windsor – Fond Du Lac, WI
- S Ayron Monroe – Washington, DC
- S John Petrishen – Pittsburgh, PA
- S Jarvis Miller – Suffield, CT
Check below frequently for updates
Welcome to the family – Penn State’s 2015 Class is officially in the books, as Kevin Givens, a Pitt flip who verbally committed just this past week, rounds out the group of 25 recruits. Thanks for following along!
— Onward State (@OnwardState) February 4, 2015
Out of the park – In a live chat on GoPSUSports.com, Coach Bob Shoop called the addition of four-star cornerbacks John Reid and Garrett Taylor “homeruns.”
- “Losing players like Amos, Keiser and Della Valle provide opportunity for the safeties,” wrote Shoop. “I love Jarvis Miller, Ayron Monroe and John Petrishen. They are confident, hungry and competitive. At corner we hit homeruns with John Reid and Garrett Taylor. These are NATIONAL recruits who want to get on the field early.”
Dominate The Region – As noted by Chris Adamski from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, nearly all of Penn State’s recruits are from the northeast.
Unlike last year when Penn St signed players from GA/AL/CA/FL/IL/MA, its ’15 class is largely regional. They say 22 of 25 from 350-mi raduis — Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) February 4, 2015
Down to the wire – As Greg Pickel reports, Jonathan Holland and Steven Gonzalez have officially signed, leaving just three future Nittany Lions on the board.
Maryland three-star DE Jon Holland is officially in for Penn State. — Greg Pickel (@GregPickel) February 4, 2015
Steven Gonzalez’s Letter of Intent has been received and approved by Penn State. Only a few more left for the Lions to announce. — Greg Pickel (@GregPickel) February 4, 2015
Counting down – Just three and a half hours into the official signing period, Franklin and staff have NLI’s from 20 out of 25 recruits. Those that remain: RB Saquon Barkley, OG Steven Gonzalez, DE Jonathan Holland, DE Kevin Givens, DT Robert Windsor
Blueout – ICYMI: ESPN’s Britt McHenry reported live from Lasch to give an update on Penn State’s war room. Only, James Franklin wasn’t going to tolerate Ohio State scarlet in his domain.
Sign and drive – Three-star safety John Petrishen Skyped with James Franklin — while driving himself to school.
Back where it belongs – As part of the rollback of the NCAA sanctions from Senator Jake Corman’s lawsuit settlement, the NCAA restored 112 wins to Penn State’s record books — including the 2006 Orange Bowl victory.
Update 9:01 a.m.: Be sure to follow updates from Onward State on Twitter as we join James Franklin in the war room in Lasch Building.
On to the next one – Four-star cornerback John Reid, the No. 1 recruit in PA according to Scout, and three-star guard Steven Gonzalez tweeted their commitments.
NLI is signed. Next Chapter. — John Reid (@John_Doe_25) February 4, 2015
Six seconds or less – Penn State is debuting some Vines to show off the talent of its new recruits. Here’s Brandon Polk making a nice play on a screen pass. Who’s in? – An update on the official Nittany Lions, according to Penn State Football: Irvin Charles, Brandon Polk, Nick Bowers, Ryan Buchholz, Ryan Bates, and Daiquan Kelly. On the board – James Franklin’s daughter Addy adds Ryan Buchholz’s name to the big board. They’ll be 25 fresh faces hanging up once the day is over.
The gang’s all here – Athletic Director Sandy Barbour is hanging out with James Franklin and his family inside the war room in Lasch.
#OurState – The first Pitt flip of the 2015 class is official, as Nick Bowers signs his NLI.
Adding some muscle – Warminster native Ryan Bates joins early enrollees Sterling Jenkins and Paris Palmer as the official new bulk on the offensive line. For the Kids – Special guests from the THON Executive Committee welcome four-star wideout Brandon Polk into the family.
Correction: Irvin Charles is first to sign – The four-star wideout from Sicklerville, NJ is Penn State’s first official commit.
The No. 1 recruit is officially in the books – Four-star running back Saquon Barkley, the No. 2 recruit in PA, officially signs. The ball starts rolling – Four-star DE Ryan Buchholz and CB Garrett Taylor soon follow.
The first of many – Four-star DE Kamonte Carter is the first official Nittany Lion of the 2015 class
Eve of Signing Day – A few players shared their excitement before becoming official Nittany Lions.