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Penn State recruiting class makes massive leap into the top 10

2024 Penn State recruiting class jumps into the top 10 nationally.

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Sep 24, 2022; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin gestures from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Central Michigan 33-14. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

The Big Ten East is one of the hottest divisions in college football right now when it comes to recruiting the 2024 class. Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State are all thriving right now and landing some top-ranked talent; on Friday, the Nittany Lions became the third Big Ten program to break the top 10 in the 247 Sports recruiting rankings — the 2024 Penn State football recruiting class now ranks 9th in the nation.

2024 Penn State football recruiting class breaks the top 10

On Friday evening, the Nittany Lions added a massive player to their 2024 recruiting class: four-star athlete Qunton Martin, the No. 1 player in Pennsylvania. Martin’s commitment was enormous for several reasons — mainly, it should kick off a series of significant commitments heading into the summer — one of which being that the 2024 Penn State football recruiting class shot up in the team rankings to No. 9 overall and No. 3 in the Big Ten.

So far, only the Michigan Wolverines (2) and Ohio State Buckeyes (4) boast better recruiting classes than the 2024 Penn State football recruiting class, which currently boasts seven commits. Of Penn State’s seven committed players, six are four-star prospects, and one is a three-star.

Nittany Lions must maintain this momentum

While Penn State football is one of three Big Ten programs to break the top 10 in the 247 Sports recruiting rankings, the Nittany Lions are still outside the top 5, unlike Michigan and Ohio State. If Penn State wants to remain competitive with the top teams in the conference and win Big Ten Championships like its counterparts, keeping up to speed with the Wolverines and Buckeyes will be essential.

Being in the top 10 in April is incredible. However, it is all about where the class ends and how many blue chip recruits Penn State football can land — if the Nittany Lions remain persistent throughout the spring and summer, this 2024 recruiting class could shape up to be something special.

On Friday, Penn State football received a series of good news, including that James Franklin’s team is currently expected to land an ESPN five-star quarterback in the 2024 cycle, so there is no lack of momentum in State College right now.



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BREAKING: Penn State football lands 4-star LB, top 100 player nationally

Penn State lands top 100 nationally ranked linebacker DJ McClary after the whiteout weekend.

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Sep 23, 2023; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin shakes the hands of invited recruits upon the team’s arrival prior to the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

The whiteout is one of the biggest weekends for the Penn State football team. Not only because of the game that was played. But arguably more importantly, it allows Penn State to showcase its greatness to recruits. The atmosphere, the fans, the community, all of these elements factor into a player’s decision to commit to Penn State. James Franklin made sure that he thanked each player and parent after the game as well for making it to State College. Now, DJ McClary has made his decision to join the 2025 recruiting class for the Nittany Lions.

Penn State football lands 4-star LB, top 100 player nationally

Earlier this week, a crystal ball was placed by 247sports Brian Dohn for DJ McClary to land at Penn State. Now, McClary has made his decision to play his college football at Linebacker U. McClary is a four-star recruit and he is a top-100 recruit in the 2025 recruiting class according to 247sports composite rankings. He is from Jersey City, New Jersey, and chose Penn State over Ohio State, USC, Tennesee, Michigan, and several other schools.

DJ McClary is currently the 3rd highest-rated player in New Jersey and is a massive addition to the 2025 recruiting class at Penn State. James Franklin is hopeful that this is one of many commitments that will result from the 31-0 victory over Iowa. After watching the defense last night, how would you not want to play linebacker at Penn State?

Re-racking the 2025 recruiting class

After recently losing Jaelyne Matthews to a de-commitment this is how the 2025 recruiting class is shaping up for Penn State. Four-star RB KiAndrea Barker, three-star S Omari Gaines, and now DJ McClary.

The Nittany Lions are optimistic that they can land four-star running back Tiqwai Hayes who will make his decision tomorrow.



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Penn State picks up crystal ball for LB, top 100 player nationally

With the a late night crystal ball placed on this 2025 4-star linebacker, the Nittany Lions are the favorite to add this prospect.

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Penn State outside linebacker Abdul Carter (11) greets head football coach James Franklin before the start of a NCAA football game against Delaware Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023, in State College, Pa.

How’s this to kick off the biggest recruiting weekend for the Penn State football team? Becoming the favorite to land a top-linebacker prospect certainly helps. Earlier this week the Nittany Lions were linked to 2025 4-star running back Tiqwai Hayes who makes his decision on Monday. Then, on Friday night Penn State became the favorite to land DJ McClary a top 100 player who received a crystal ball last night. He is a highly talented prospect from New Jersey.

Penn State picks up crystal ball for LB, top 100 player nationally

The Penn State football team looks to continue to build on the 2025 recruiting class. Recently, the class took a hit when Jaelyne Matthews decommitted from the Nittany Lions. But landing running back Tiqwi Hayes and adding linebacker DJ McClary would be a massive boost.

DJ McClary is a four-star recruit from Jersy City, New Jersey. He attends Henry Synder High School and he is a top-three prospect in New Jersey according to 247sports. McClary holds offers from Oregon, USC, Ohio State, and several other top schools.

Now the talented prospect has received a crystal ball to Penn State. Last night, Brian Dohn who is the National Recruiting Analyst for 247sports put in a crystal ball for DJ McClary to land at Penn State, with a confidence level of 6. Adding a top 100 recruit in the 2025 class would be massive for James Franklin and his staff.

This should be just the beginning of a massive weekend for the Nittany Lions. With an estimated 80-plus recruits on campus to experience the whiteout, it’s possible that a few recruits make their decision today. Stay tuned on Basic Blues Nation for all of your whiteout weekend coverage for Penn State football.



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No. 1 QB in the nation, top overall recruit for 2025 to attend Penn State White Out

The No. 1 QB in the nation and the top overall recruit for 2025 will be in Happy Valley for the White Out this weekend.

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Belleville quarterback Bryce Underwood (19) calls for a snap against River Rouge during the first half of Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State University's Tom Adams Field in Detroi on Friday, August 25, 2023.

The White Out is always one of the biggest games of the year, both on and off the field, for Penn State football. Each year, the top recruits in the country flock to Happy Valley to take in one of the greatest atmospheres in sports, as well as usually one of the most anticipated matchups of the college football calendar. This weekend will be no different when No. 7 Penn State takes on No. 24 Iowa in front of a White Out crowd. The list of top recruits making their way to State College has grown by the day; however, the marquee visitor may have just been added to the list. Wednesday afternoon, it was confirmed that Bryce Underwood, the No. 1 QB in the nation for the class of 2025, will be attending the Penn State White Out.

No. 1 QB in the nation for 2025 to attend Penn State White Out

Almost unanimously, Bryce Underwood is evaluated as the best recruit in America for 2025. On3 and ESPN rate him as the top overall prospect for the class, while 247Sports and Rivals rank him as the No. 4 and No. 3 best player in America, respectively. Underwood is the consensus No. 1 QB in the nation for the 2025 cycle.

Technically a 2026 prospect, Bryce Underwood is finishing high school early and reclassifying to the class of 2025. The Belleview, Michigan product has been an instant impact player throughout his high school career, throwing for at least 2,700 yards and 37 touchdowns in each of his first two seasons.

On Wednesday afternoon, 247Sports Director of Recruiting Steve Wiltfong reported that Underwood will be back in Happy Valley to attend the Penn State White Out against Iowa. Underwood previously visited Penn State back in January for Junior Day.

“We wanted to get back to Penn State when the time is right,” Underwood’s father told 247Sports. “There’s no better time than this weekend.”

Can Penn State football land the No. 1 player in America?

After losing the commitment from the No. 1 player in New Jersey, Jaelyne Matthews, last week, Penn State’s 2025 recruiting class has fallen to No. 17 in the national rankings, according to 247Sports.

On3 currently predicts that in-state Michigan and Michigan State are the leading candidates to land Bryce Underwood, with Ohio State and LSU trailing closely behind. 

While Penn State football may not be the frontrunner in this recruitment, the Nittany Lions do have an ace up their sleeve in the form of the former No. 1 QB recruit in the nation, Drew Allar. Allar looked spectacular in the first two games of 2023 before a slight setback last week at Illinois.

But if Allar can light up the Iowa defense in primetime, similar to his performance against West Virginia in Week 1, then perhaps he can show Underwood why Happy Valley would be a good fit for the No. 1 QB in the nation.



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