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James Franklin's first full recruiting class at Penn State currently has 19 verbal commitments, 12 of whom have four-star ratings.
James Franklin's first full recruiting class at Penn State currently has 19 verbal commitments, 12 of whom have four-star ratings.
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Yeah, this was a big one.
Penn State's recruiting efforts under James Franklin have been so widespread that when the coach sends out his verbal commitment bat signal on Twitter — “We are… Better” — it's tough to know whether it's referring to a 2015 or a 2016 recruit.
On Friday night, it was a 2015 player. And arguably the top target left on the board for the Nittany Lions.
Philadelphia cornerback John Reid of Quad-A power St. Joseph's Prep announced on his Twitter account that he had picked Penn State over offers from Notre Dame and a who's who of college football powers.
“I'm committed to Penn State University!” Reid wrote. “Thank you for all the support!”
A consensus four-star recruit, Reid is rated either the No. 1 or the No. 2 prospect in all of Pennsylvania for this cycle, depending on which recruiting service you follow.
The 247Sports Composite, which averages rankings from four major services, has him at No. 2 in the state, behind only another Penn State commit, tackle Sterling Jenkins.
In fact, Penn State now has commitments from the top four recruits in Pennsylvania and a whopping seven of the top 10, per the 247 Composite.
As successful as the Lions have been with this class, the only major spot that they were missing a blue-chip recruit was in the secondary.
Reid more than fills that role, and the Lions are still going after another highly rated corner in Jordan Whitehead from the Pittsburgh area.
That give the Lions at least one four-star recruit at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, offensive line, defensive line, linebacker and defensive back for the class set to sign in February.
At the moment, Penn State has 19 verbal commitments for 2015, 12 of whom have a four-star rating from at least one recruiting service.
To put that in perspective, the Lions' landmark 2006 class that formed the backbone of consecutive 11-2 teams finished with 12 recruits of four stars or higher.
Of course, there are still six months to go until signing day, and a lot can happen before then. The downside of landing so many highly regarded recruits is that other schools will continue to recruit them all the way to February. So just as much work has to go in retaining the commits you have as trying to land new ones.
Whatever happens, it won't be dull.
Below is Penn State's updated recruiting map, which can be expanded by clicking on the full-screen icon in the upper right corner of the frame. Click on either of the other two categories in the box on the left side to reveal offers to see where Penn State is concentrating its recruiting efforts.

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