Friday, May 29, 2015

Penn State completes its 2014 signing class in a hurry

In a period of less than 3 1/2 hours, Penn State received signed letters of intent from each of the 20 high school players who had verbally committed to the Nittany Lions.

Penn State completes its 2014 signing class in a hurry

The recruits who committed to Penn State didn't waste much time Wednesday getting their signed national letters of intent to Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin and his staff.

With the faxed arrival of the final letter at 10:25 a.m., Franklin had a full roster of 20 signees for the Class of 2014 to join the five players who enrolled last month.

According to Penn State's signing day blog, linebacker Jason Cabinda of Flemington, N.J., was the first to get his letter in, received by the coaches at 7:05 a.m. Safety Marcus Allen of Upper Marlboro, Md., accounted for the final letter at 10:25 a.m. 

The Penn State signees included a late addition - defensive lineman Torrence Brown of Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Academy, who originally had committed to Southern Mississippi. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Brown showed versatility in high school, playing running back, linebacker, tight end, wide receiver and defensive end.

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The Nittany Lions had one scholarship left to give to Brown after defensive end Lloyd Tubman decommitted from Penn State on Tuesday.

Franklin and his staff celebrated the arrivals of the faxed letters in the "war room" of the Lasch Football Building, complete with a big board that listed the signees. In one video on Twitter, the Penn State Blue Band broke into a fight song at the announcement of the latest recruit.

Wednesday's 20 signees represented 12 states including Pennsylvania (cornerback Daquan Worley of Coatesville, offensive lineman Noah Beh of Scranton, wide receiver Troy Apke of Mount Lebanon), New Jersey (Cabinda, tight end Mike Gesicki of Manahawkin, wide receiver Saeed Blacknall of Englishtown) and Delaware (linebacker Troy Reeder of Wilmington, wide receiver Chris Godwin of Middletown).

Defensive lineman Antoine White of Millville, N.J., enrolled last month at Penn State.

Franklin will host a pep rally - "Penn State Football - The Signature Event" - Wednesday evening at the Bryce Jordan Center where he will discuss the new class and speak about each individual recruit.


Inquirer Staff Writer
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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

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