[Live Blog] Early Signing Period 2024
As Penn State football gears up for its debut in the Peach Bowl, #WeAre…Better season is upon us.
Penn State is set to secure one of the nation’s top recruiting classes today. The Nittany Lions’ 25 commits of the Class of 2024, collectively ranked No. 13 in the country by 247Sports Composite rankings, are set to put pen to paper for early signing day.
This year’s class is highlighted by 17 247Sports Composite four-stars and eight 247Sports Composite three-stars. Headlining the group is tight end Luke Reynolds, marked as the No. 6 tight end in the country by the composite ratings and ranked as a five-star recruit by 247Sports. Reynolds, who committed to Penn State as a three-star recruit, joins likely four-star running back Quinton Martin and four-star quarterback Ethan Grunkemeyer as the group’s top prospects.
11:45 a.m.: That’s all for today’s coverage. Penn State snagged 25 commits, and there were no surprises or drama. The class that was set two months ago will start arriving on campus in a few weeks.
11:35 a.m.: Terry Smith introduced four-star cornerback Kenny Woseley II. Woseley and his family were nearing tears.
“You are a tremendous leader, a tremendous person,” Smith said. “The definition of who we are is who you are.”
11:27 a.m.: Marques Hagans announced four-star wide receiver Tyseer Denmark. Denmark was previously committed to Oregon and was a massive flip for Hagans and the coaching staff over the summer.
“This had to get done. You had to be with us,” Kenny Sanders told Denmark. “Your success is on us. You have to succeed because you are us.”
11:24 a.m.: Brian Tripp just said there’s an omelet bar at the signing day war room. Jealous.
11:18 a.m.: New England Patriots tight end Mike Gesicki announced four-star safety Vaboue Toure. Toure committed to Penn State after he took an official visit to the program over the summer.
Anthony Poindexter mentioned Toure worked through some academic issues his senior year, Franklin said he “crushed it.”
“We told you what you had to do and you did it,” Franklin said. Also, Toure’s mom apparently makes pretty good jollof rice.
11:10 a.m.: Anthony Speca is name dropping Shane Conlan, Paul Posluszny, and Sean Lee as Penn State players he likes to watch. Wow.
11:08 a.m.: Three players left.
11:04 a.m.: Speca and his family are sitting in front of a TV with a picture of the Penn State logo on it, but it really looks like a YouTube video with the logo on it paused halfway through.
“I can’t wait to get to work. I’m so excited,” Speca said.
11:02 a.m.: Sean Lee just announced four-star linebacker Anthony Speca. Speca, a Pittsburgh native, committed to Penn State back in January.
“When you come in the spring, just come, put your nose down, and work,” Terry Smith said. “We’re built on LBU here.”
11 a.m.: This isn’t directly Penn State-related, but Oregon just flipped a wide receiver prospect from Ohio State. Oh no, whatsoever will the Buckeyes do?
10:56 a.m.: New OC Mike Kotelnicki and graduate assistant Danny O’Brien are standing behind Franklin. We’ve heard that Kotelnicki, O’Brien, and Franklin will tag team on quarterback development.
10:53 a.m. Drew Allar just announced four-star quarterback Ethan Grunkemeyer. Grunkemeyer comes to Penn State from the Columbus area and he and Allar’s high schools play each other. Penn State recruited him as a three-star but Grunkemeyer is now ranked as one of the top gunslingers in the country.
We spoke to Grunkemeyer before the Ohio State game. The sorta famous quarterback is now set to be one of the Nittany Lions’ next quarterbacks.
10:46 a.m.: Chop Robinson, a Maryland native, announced four-star EDGE Jaylen Harvey. Harvey, another Maryland native, was one of the last commits of the class, joining in mid-October.
“I’m just letting you know, you made the right decision,” Robinson said.
10:35 a.m.: DJ Bryant announced four-star EDGE Mylachi Williams. Williams comes to Penn State from Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, and is rated as the No. 4 player in the state. He chose Penn State over USC, Notre Dame, and others.
There are about a dozen people standing around Williams on the Zoom call.
“He’s in the right hands. Coach Deion is doing great things, he’s from the city,” Terry Smith said.
10:33 a.m.: Seven players left.
10:27 a.m.: Former Penn State and Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel just announced three-star offensive tackle Eagan Boyer from an MIT classroom. Boyer committed to Penn State amidst a flood of commitments in late spring into the early summer.
“I’m excited to come to Penn State and be developed by one of the best programs in the country,” Boyer said.
10:23 a.m.: Per James Franklin, Antoine Belgrave-Shorter has a 4.0 GPA in high school and Brian Tripp said he’ll major in engineering. Goodness gracious.
10:18 a.m.: Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Brenton Strange announced three-star cornerback Antoine Belgrave-Shorter, the second player from Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, Florida. Belgrave-Shorter committed 10 days after high school teammate Jon Mitchell.
“Whatever you need, we got you,” Terry Smith said.
Belgrave-Shorter just said his grandfather moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to be closer to Happy Valley.
10:14 a.m.: Lane’s highlight reel is playing on the live stream. This dude is fast.
10:08 a.m.: Houston Texans safety Adrian Amos, after some delay, announced four-star safety Dejuan Lane.
“I’m just so excited, this is a great day for Penn State,” Anthony Poindexter said.
James Franklin said he thought Lane wasn’t interested in Penn State early on, but it turned out Lane just didn’t feel like answering his texts.
10 a.m.: J’ven Williams, a former five-star offensive lineman recruit, just announced three-star offensive tackle Caleb Brewer. Brewer, who committed to Penn State just after the Blue-White Game in April, won’t be enrolling at Penn State early — he wants to finish up his senior wrestling season at Wyomissing.
9:59 a.m.: “It was his mindset throughout the whole thing,” Deion Barnes said about De’Andre Cook. “Throughout the whole process, he was the same kid.”
“Liam, he’s got a nastiness to him,” Barnes said about Liam Andrews.
9:54 a.m.: Peter Gonzalez: “The culture they built at Penn State is second to none.”
9:50 a.m.: Arizona Cardinals linebacker Jesse Luketa just called De’Andre Cook‘s name. Cook, a three-star defensive lineman from Washington, D.C., is the lowest-rated player in the Nittany Lions’ recruiting class, per the 247Sports Composite ratings. He’s ranked as the No. 4 player from the District and the No. 103 defensive lineman in the nation.
“I think you’re going to thrive when you get here,” James Franklin said to Cook.
9:41 a.m.: Franklin said he and Phil Trautwein originally recruited Liam Andrews as an offensive lineman, but he would’ve taken Andrews as a quarterback. Now, Deion Barnes gets a new defensive lineman.
9:35 a.m.: I was just about to say we haven’t gotten any new signings in a while, but four-star defensive lineman Liam Andrews just heard his name called by Sean Clifford. Andrews, a Massachusets native, was announced to the background song of “I’m Shipping Up to Boston.”
“I just want to thank my mother and my father… for really supporting me through this process,” Andrews said. “It’s been my dream to play college football for years.”
9:10 a.m.: Kenny Sanders announced wide receiver Peter Gonzalez. Gonzalez is the son of former Pitt quarterback Pete Gonzalez. Rated as a three-star prospect, he suffered a difficult injury during his junior year but bounced back with a strong senior season after he committed in the summer.
8:59 a.m.: DJ Bryant just announced T.A. Cunningham, a four-star defensive lineman from Georgia. Hailing from Miami, Florida, Cunningham was one of the last commits of this class.
“We truly believe that once we get you here on this campus… you’re going to thrive,” Franklin said.
8:53 a.m.: Penn State has a table set up with several trophies the program has won over the years. Included are the Cotton Bowl, Rose Bowl, and even the Governor’s Victory Bell… but no Land-Grant Trophy.
8:41 a.m.: Josiah Brown is up next, but it appears the Brown family is having some trouble with the Zoom call.
Regardless, he’s officially a Nittany Lion after being announced by Calvin Lowery. He’s the best-rated wide receiver Marques Hagans brought in. The No. 58 pass catcher in the country hails from Malverne, New York.
8:35 a.m.: It’s a little scary that we aren’t even halfway through.
8:25 a.m.: Donovan Harbour is the newest Nittany Lion. Harbour is rated as one of the top recruits in Wisconsin.
“You visited a ton of schools, but really when you came to Penn State very early on in the process, you realized this was the place for you,” Franklin said.
Harbour will not be an early enrollee.
8:21 a.m.: Corey Smith is giving his interview and is still in the car.
“I’m a hard worker on and off the field. Anything you need me to do, I’ll do it,” he said.
8:16 a.m.: Will Fries of the Indianapolis Colts announced Garrett Sexton, a four-star offensive lineman from Wisconsin. Per Phil Trautwein, Sexton used to play quarterback but transitioned to offensive tackle.
8:10 a.m.: Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen just announced running back Corey Smith. Smith, a four-star, is in the car on his way to school.
Smith is the second of two running back recruits to sign on to the class. He continues a tradition of Penn State taking two top running backs — a couple of years ago that was Singleton and Allen.
It sounds like Smith won’t be an early enrollee in January, per Franklin.
7:58 a.m.: Pat Freiermuth just announced Reynolds as the newest signing. “The Aces are in good hands with you, man. Good luck.”
Reynolds committed to Penn State early on in his recruitment but quickly rose through the rankings after that. He also rocks a sick mullet.
7:56 a.m.: “I just feel like we’re getting closer to the place we want to be,” Martin said. That place is the NFL. “I compete. Anybody on that field I compete against. I don’t believe anybody on that field is better than me.”
7:53 a.m.: It looks like Franklin is arguing with the Nittany Lion on the live stream.
7:50 a.m.: Cornerbacks coach Terry Smith is now speaking to four-star cornerback Jon Mitchell. Mitchell will be joined by high school teammate Antoine Belgrave-Shorter, both of whom attended Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, Florida, together.
“I’m just very blessed to have this opportunity, very excited to come out to Penn State and compete,” Mitchell.
“We are just so excited to see him soar,” Mitchell’s mother said.
7:45 a.m.: Quinton Martin is officially a Nittany Lion.
Expected to play running back, Martin was one of the first big commitments of the Class of 2024. He’s rated as the top player in the state of Pennsylvania by the 247Sports Composite. His coach, per Brian Tripp, described him as a “generational player.”
Cousins and Jackson are both giving interviews.
“We all worked hard to get where we are right now,” Cousins said. “I’m just super grateful for this opportunity to go down there and compete.”
Cousins described Penn State as a family atmosphere and said Franklin’s created that feeling.
“I’m just a dog,” Jackson said. “I’m just a hard-working person.”
7:38 a.m.: Good morning, folks, and happy National Signing Day.
Quinton Martin is up right now.
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