The 2019 college football recruiting cycle has reached crunch time. The second annual early signing period starts Dec. 19, presenting a three-day window for prospects to finalize plans with programs of their choice.
Penn State, holding 16 verbal commitments in its class, is attempting to fill remaining scholarship slots with top-tier talent at various positions. In some cases, the Nittany Lions are invested in multi-year recruitments, while others were prioritized later in the process.
James Franklin, assembling his sixth class since arriving in Happy Valley, is in excellent position to sign a top-15 class (per 247Sports composite rankings) for the third consecutive cycle. An especially successful finish could push Penn State toward its second straight top-10 talent haul.
So what’s the perception regarding PSU’s primary targets at this pivotal point?
The 247Sports Crystal Ball serves to provide an indication of where momentum is moving as college coaches across America attempt to add building blocks for future success. Our broad network of recruiting analysts — and a collection of selected reporters from other outlets — place informed predictions of where they believe a prospect is going to sign based on conversations with players, coaches, parents, “inner circles” and collegiate connections.
Needless to say, surprises do happen on signing day. They’re an unavoidable aspect of the process and can work for you or against you as a coaching staff.
Still, this late in the cycle, clarity is developing in different corners of the recruiting landscape and legitimate contenders are known in most pursuits.
Based on current Crystal Ball readings — several of them are guaranteed to change, even if only slightly, by the time most of you read this — here’s an examination of the outlook for more than dozen uncommitted prospects who’ve landed on Penn State’s 2019 target board.