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National Early Signing Day: Meet the newest Nittany Lions

College Football: Penn State Nittany Lion mascot with fans in stands during game vs Indiana at Beaver Stadium.
State College, PA 9/30/2017
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UNIVERSITY PARK — Today is National Early Signing Day, when recruits can get a jump on making their college commitments official. Penn State is expecting to add several impact players to its roster.

We’ll update this page as Penn State’s latest recruiting class joins the fold.

Keaton Ellis, cornerback, State College (State College Area HS): A four-star recruit, Ellis was the first member of the Nittany Lions’ 2019 recruiting class to verbally commit, and now he becomes the first member of the class to sign his National Letter of Intent. Ellis could potentially vie for playing time as a freshman, according to

Devyn Ford, running back, Stafford, VA (North Stafford HS): A recruiting coup for Penn State, since this four-star recruit was thought to be headed to Virginia Tech or the SEC.

Joey Porter Jr., cornerback, Wexford, PA (North Allegheny HS): The son of former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter, this four-star recruit was recruited as a cornerback, but could wind up playing a number of positions in Happy Valley — possibly even at linebacker, like his dad.

Hakeem Beamon, defensive tackle, Chesterfield, VA (Manchester HS): This four-star recruit chose Penn State over offers from North Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, and Cincinnati.

Saleem Wormley, guard, Smyrna, DE (Smyrna HS): The 6-4, 300-pound four-star recruit joins the Nittany Lions after spurning offers from Notre Dame, Boston College, Duke, and Florida State.

Michael Johnson Jr., quarterback, Eugene, OR (Sheldon HS): A dual-threat, athletic signal caller, Johnson chose Penn State over offers from Florida State, Miami, North Carolina State, and Alabama. envisions him as a potential fit at the “Lion” position occupied by Tommy Stevens.

Marquis Wilson, cornerback, Windsor, CT (Windsor HS): At 6-0, 175, this four-star recruit might need to get a little bigger to make an immediate impact, according to BlackShoeDiaries. But he’s highly regarded nationally, and received offers from Alabama, Boston College, Buffalo, and Connecticut.

Adisa Isaac, defensive end, Brooklyn, NY (Canarsie HS): A top-100 national recruit that is a natural fit at weakside defensive end, Isaac chose Penn State over Miami, Texas A&M, Alabama, and Arizona State. At 6-5, 220, he might need to add a bit of mass.

Caeden Wallace, guard, Princeton, NJ (Hun School): This 6-5, 295-pound four-star recruit picked Penn State over Oklahoma, Auburn, California, and Clemson. He’s not expected to make an immediate impact, but has big-time potential.

Brandon Smith, linebacker, Mineral, VA (Louisa County HS): A five-star recruit and arguably the biggest name to join the Nittany Lions in this class, Smith is expected to make an immediate impact and should be on the field next season. He could potentially play any of the three linebacker positions, but was recruited at inside linebacker. He chose Penn State over Alabama, Texas A&M, Auburn, and Clemson.

Tyler Rudolph, safety, Waterbury, CT (St. Thomas More HS): A 6-1, 205-pound four-star recruit, Rudolph picked Penn State over Boston College, Connecticut, Buffalo, and Clemson.

Lance Dixon, linebacker, West Bloomfield, MI (West Bloomfield HS): A 6-2, 201-pound four-star recruit, Dixon is expected to man one of the outside linebacker spots in Happy Valley. He picked Penn State over offers from Wisconsin, Michigan, Akron, Ball State, and Boston College.

Anthony Whigan, offensive tackle, Great Mills, MD (Lackawanna Community College): A 6-5, 290-pound four-star recruit, Whigan is one of two expected signings from Lackawanna Community College. He could be a factor on the line immediately, according to BlackShoeDiaries. Whigan picked Penn State over Louisville, South Carolina, Arkansas, and Cincinnati.

Taquan Roberson, quarterback, Wayne, NJ (DePaul Catholic HS): The 6-0, 185-pound four-star recruit chose Penn State over offers from Boston College, Kentucky, Maryland, and North Carolina.

Jaquan Brisker, safety, Monroeville, PA (Lackawanna Community College): A three-star recruit at defensive back, Brisker joins his Lackawanna Community College teammate, Anthony Whigan, in Happy Valley. He’s expected to play safety for Penn State. Brisker picked the Nittany Lions over Alabama, Mississippi State, Maryland, and Cincinnati.

John Dunmore, wide receiver, Hollywood, FL (Caminade Madonna Prep): A 6-1, 180-pound four-star recruit, Dunmore picked Penn State over Miami, Auburn, Michigan, and Florida. ranks him as the nation’s 214th overall prospect and its No. 28 receiver.

Brenton Strange, tight end, Parkersburg, WV (Parkersburg HS): A four-star recruit, the 6-5, 210 pound Strange will hope to become the next big tight end to come out of Happy Valley. He picked Penn State over Purdue, Maryland, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Louisville.

Noah Cain, running back, Brandenton, FL (IMG Academy): A 5-10, 208-pound four-star recruit, Cain picked Penn State over Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas. Along with Devyn Floyd, who signed earlier Wednesday, Cain is considered to be one of the top players in the nation at his position. He and Floyd are both expected to push for playing time in the Penn State backfield as freshmen.

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