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February 26, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two of Southeastern Pennsylvania's top football prospects in the Class of 2015 committed Monday afternoon to play at Penn State. Archbishop Wood inside linebacker Jake Cooper and Great Valley defensive end Ryan Buchholz, both three-star prospects according to Rivals.com, pledged to new head coach James Franklin and the Nittany Lions during a visit to State College. Franklin, who played quarterback at Neshaminy and East Stroudsburg, already has landed three area players. Wood's Ryan Bates, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive tackle and four-star recruit, committed to Penn State earlier this month.
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February 21, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State coach James Franklin continued to reap the benefits of his first "junior day" when running back Saquon Barkley of Whitehall, Pa., flipped his commitment from Rutgers to the Nittany Lions for the freshman class of 2015, Barkley confirmed Wednesday to several media outlets. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Barkley, a four-star recruit, is rated the No. 7 running back in Pennsylvania and No. 21 in the United States by 247Sports. He committed last September to Rutgers before rushing for 1,506 yards and 23 touchdowns in his junior season.
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February 18, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Offensive tackle Ryan Bates of Archbishop Wood, who helped lead his team to the state PIAA Class AAA championship last fall, was one of three players who gave oral commitments to Penn State coach James Franklin after participating in the Nittany Lions' "Junior Day" on campus. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Bates was joined in Penn State's prospective Class of 2015 by 6-4, 230-pound defensive end Kamonte Carter of Gaithersburg, Md., and 6-2, 185-pound safety Jarvis Miller of Suffield, Conn.
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February 17, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Rakeem Christmas (Academy of the New Church) had a key steal to set up C.J. Fair's winning layup with 6.7 seconds left, helping top-ranked Syracuse edge visiting North Carolina State, 56-55, on Saturday night. Christmas had 14 points, and 12 rebounds as the Orange (25-0, 12-0 ACC) earned their 10th single-digit win despite shooting 35.2 percent. T.J. Warren scored 23 for the Wolfpack (16-9, 6-6). The start of the game was pushed back four hours because of a snowstorm. N.C. State did not land in Syracuse until Saturday afternoon.
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February 7, 2014 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, For the Daily News
STATE COLLEGE - The usual markings of national signing day were there - the faxed letters, the onslaught of phone calls and the press conference. But there were also scenes foreign to Penn State on the day high school players can officially commit to a collegiate program. There was the signing-day "war room" filled with balloons and cheers when commitments were announced; the trumpet section of the Blue Band even played a fight song after one player's letter was officially received.
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February 7, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
For his first recruiting class as the head coach at Penn State, James Franklin leaned on the relationships he developed with the recruits he had attracted both at his current job and at his former position at Vanderbilt. The result was a full class of 20 players, including a final commitment on Wednesday, who returned their letters of intent and officially became members of the Nittany Lions' incoming class for 2014. "The staff kept recruiting and kept making phone calls, finding guys that we had relationships with to see if they were interested," Franklin said at a late afternoon news conference in Beaver Stadium.
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February 7, 2014 | By Dan Norton, For The Inquirer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin pulled out all the stops when he welcomed his first recruits to Penn State. Wednesday was college football's national signing day, when high school players made their commitments official, and Franklin introduced the Nittany Lions' newest 25 players that evening at the Bryce Jordan Center. In front of a "whiteout" crowd, Franklin described each of Penn State's incoming freshmen for next season. Twenty players faxed in their signatures to the coaching staff that morning.
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January 24, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
MOBILE, Ala. - It's difficult for DaQuan Jones to get lost in a crowd. But the Penn State defensive tackle said he did just that during the first day of Senior Bowl practices with the North squad. "I started out kind of slow on Monday learning a couple of new plays," Jones said after Wednesday's session. "But I think two days in I picked it up a little bit. I had a couple of bad plays today, but that's football. " The 6-foot-3, 323-pound Jones had a strong senior season after playing in Jordan Hill's shadow as a junior.
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January 23, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The ever-changing scoreboard since James Franklin took over as head coach at Penn State on Jan. 11 shows a total of five players who flipped their commitments from Vanderbilt to the Nittany Lions, and a new staff of nine assistant coaches reportedly in place. The latest two recruits who committed to Franklin at Vanderbilt and now will follow him to Happy Valley were cornerback Grant Haley of Atlanta and quarterback Trace McSorley of Ashburn, Va. Both recruits, rated as three-star players by recruiting websites, confirmed their switch on Twitter.
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