National Signing Day has arrived with college football’s early signing period starting Wednesday. It will be a busy one for the Penn State football program, which enters Wednesday with 23 total commitments in a 2023 recruiting class ranked second among Big Ten teams.
As always, Lions247 and the 247Sports network will be locked into all the developments that Penn State fans need to know. To keep things centralized, we’ve got you covered right here with the Nittany Lions’ latest signings, surprises, target news, prospect breakdowns, and much more.
Things will get started early Wednesday, with Penn State coach James Franklin and his staff into team facilities before breakfast. They’ll communicate with recruits and families during a span of several hours, and we’ll be able to confirm the official transition from commit to signee as they happen.
Last Friday, Franklin discussed the challenge of juggling Signing Day plans with transfer portal efforts and preparation for an upcoming Rose Bowl matchup against Utah.
“Balance is kind of the key word,” Franklin said. “You’re running in a thousand different directions, making sure our guys finish strong academically, obviously making sure that we’re doing everything we can for bowl prep. God forbid you go buy a Christmas present. All those types of things. Just running in a thousand different directions, making sure our guys are in a good place here, making sure our staff is flying all over the country, safe, doing what they need to do, then finishing in recruiting.”
Franklin will sign his 10th recruiting class as Penn State’s head coach, and ramifications will be felt on the field starting with spring practices. This season, the Nittany Lions burned a whopping 10 freshman redshirts, with young talents such as running backs Kaytron Allen and Nick Singletonlinebacker Abdul Carterand offensive tackle Drew Shelton filling key roles.
11:35 – Ta’Mere Robinson is on board. The Pittsburgh native will line up at linebacker for the Nittany Lions.
11:30 – James Lyons is on board. The four-star Roman Catholic defensive lineman had a big senior season.
11:20 – King Mack is on board. The speedy and versatile Top247 defensive back joined Penn State’s class in June after a hot pursuit from Michigan State.
11:05 – Carmelo Taylor is on board. The speedy receiver was an offseason riser and is currently PSU’s lone incoming freshman at his position.
10:35 – London Montgomery is on board. The in-state running back missed his senior season with a knee injury but rushed for 2,000-plus yards in 2021.
10:20 – Zion Tracy is on board. The cornerback impressed at camp this summer to earn an offer and will enroll next month.
10:10 – Kaveion Keys is on board. The Top247 linebacker committed to Penn State last Friday after spending time in North Carolina’s class.
9:55 – Joseph Mupoyi is on board. The edge rusher, an international prospect and relative newcomer to football, committed last week.
9:40 a.m. – DaKaari Nelson is on board. The Alabama standout is a versatile 6-foot-3 defender primed to play safety.
9:30 a.m – Mason Robinson is on board. The former Northwestern commit flipped to Penn State last week and comes from the McDonogh School (Md.) pipeline.
9:15 am – Cameron Wallace is on board. The Georgia running back committed to Penn State on Monday after a recent visit.
8:55 a.m – Andrew Rappleye is on board. The Top247 tight end’s signing was announced by former Penn State star Pat Freiermuth.
8:45 am – J’ven Williams is on board. Fresh off a five-star bump from 247Sports, the offensive lineman is Pennsylvania’s top-rated recruit.
8:35 am – Jaxon Smolik is on board. The Elite 11 finalist will join Penn State’s QB room next month.
8:25 am – Tyriq Blanding is on board. The New York standout is Penn State’s first signed defensive lineman and will play an interior role.
8:15 am – Lamont Payne is on board. The in-state defensive back was a key class leader during this cycle.
7:55 am – Joey Schlaffer is on board. The in-state tight end is a younger brother of former Nittany Lions offensive lineman Michal Menet.
7:45 am – Anthony Donkoh is on board. The offensive lineman climbed to four-star status as a senior.
7:40 am – Elliot Washington is on board. The former Alabama commit is a Top247 defensive back.
7:30 am – Tony Rojas is on board. He is a Top247 linebacker.
7:20 am – Alex Birchmeier is on board. He is 247Sports’ top-rated interior offensive lineman.
7:10 a.m. – Mathias “Mega” Barnwell is on board. He was announced as a tight end.
Here is our NSD-related Nittany Lions content, which will grow in a hurry Wednesday…
Here are some helpful links for Penn State fans on Signing Day…
And here is a look at Penn State’s recruiting class, as currently constructed…
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