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June 10, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State went into Rutgers territory to grab its 16th commitment of the Class of 2015 as defensive back Myles Hartsfield made an oral pledge on Sunday morning to the Nittany Lions. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder narrowed his college choices last week to Rutgers and Penn State. He attends Central Jersey's Sayreville High School, which is less than 10 miles from Rutgers' campus. Hartsfield also had offers from Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Temple, West Virginia, and others.
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June 1, 2014
Penn State's highly regarded recruiting class of 2015 has lost one player, with linebacker Josh Barajas flipping his commitment from the Nittany Lions to Notre Dame, several recruiting websites reported Friday. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Barajas, a four-star recruit, is considered by 247Sports.com to be the top recruit in Indiana and the No. 2 outside linebacker in the country. Barajas, of Andrean, Ind., committed to Penn State in March. The loss of Barajas leaves the Nittany Lions with just one linebacker in the class, Jake Cooper of Archbishop Wood High School.
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May 15, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the first time since the NCAA imposed sanctions on Penn State nearly two years ago, the Nittany Lions have a full complement of 25 scholarships to give to the incoming freshman class of 2015. That still might not be enough for first-year coach James Franklin, who has gotten off to a quick start in recruiting, with oral commitments from 16 players. Because of NCAA sanctions from the Jerry Sandusky scandal, the Nittany Lions still will be five scholarships short of the maximum of 85 allowed to Division I teams in 2015.
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May 14, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shortly after he was introduced as Penn State's new football coach on Jan. 11, James Franklin excited the members of Nittany Nation - and irked a number of nonbelievers - by saying the Nittany Lions were going to "dominate the state" in recruiting. Four months after his hiring, Franklin has backed up his words. The Lions have received oral commitments for the freshman class of 2015 from 16 high school players, an atypical number for so early in the recruiting season. More noteworthy, all but two of Penn State's pledges to date are from areas within a six-hour drive of Happy Valley, or what Franklin considers "in-state.
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May 9, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Penn State football recruiting express continues to roll along with the Nittany Lions holding down the No. 2 spot in the Class of 2015 rankings by a consensus of recruiting websites. First-year coach James Franklin picked up his 14th and 15th oral commitments Tuesday night in offensive tackle Sterling Jenkins of Pittsburgh and quarterback Brandon Wimbush of Jersey City, N.J. The 6-foot-8, 305-pound Jenkins, from Baldwin High School, is ranked by 247 Sports as the top high school football player in Pennsylvania.
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April 24, 2014
Penn State and new Big Ten rival Rutgers will open the 2014 conference season under the lights on Sept. 13 in Piscataway, N.J. The game will kick off at 8 p.m. at High Point Solutions Stadium and be televised on the Big Ten Network. This will be not only the first conference game for the two teams, it also will be the first Big Ten contest of the season. Rutgers officially will become a member of the Big Ten on July 1. The Scarlet Knights will be playing in the East Division, meaning they will compete against the Nittany Lions annually.
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April 17, 2014
Penn State's home football game against Ohio State on Oct. 25 will kick off at 8 p.m., the Nittany Lions said Tuesday. For the second straight year, Penn State will clash with Michigan and Ohio State in prime time. The Lions will visit Michigan on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.
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April 14, 2014 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, For the Daily News
STATE COLLEGE - James Franklin is not a patient person. Since arriving at Penn State 3 months ago, Franklin has made an impact and built relationships with his new team, on the recruiting trail and in town. He has certainly kept himself occupied, but that doesn't mean the coach wasn't getting antsy for the calendar to flip to today. Penn State will host its annual spring scrimmage, the Blue-White Game, at 1:30 p.m., giving Franklin his first taste of live football inside Beaver Stadium and fans their primary chance to see what direction the former Vanderbilt head coach and his new staff have the Nittany Lions headed.
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April 12, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Penn State begins playing football games for real, nothing will be more important to the Nittany Lions than keeping sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg upright and healthy. If the season opener were tomorrow, however, with all the questions about the offensive line, new coach James Franklin would have some major issues. Fortunately for Penn State, which plays its Blue-White spring game Saturday in State College, the real games don't begin for five months. "The guys we have I believe are going to do a good job for us," Franklin said Thursday in a conference call.
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