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Penn State adds 27 new Nittany Lions on National Signing Day

UNIVERSITY PARK –Head coach James Franklin unveiled the 2020 Penn State Football recruiting class Wednesday during the Signing Day celebration in the Lasc...
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UNIVERSITY PARK –Head coach James Franklin unveiled the 2020 Penn State Football recruiting class Wednesday during the Signing Day celebration in the Lasch Football Building, the school said in a press release.

Penn State’s Class of 2020 is ranked 12th nationally by 247Sports Composite and ESPN, and 14th by Rivals, as of Wednesday night.

Penn State welcomed 27 student-athletes, who signed National Letters of Intent to join the football program. Eleven of the signees will be early enrollees in January — Cole Brevard, Nick Dawkins, Jaden Dottin, Tyler Elsdon, Caziah Holmes, Enzo Jennings, Joseph Johnson III, Theo Johnson, KeAndre Lambert-Smith, Bryce Mostella and Fatorma Mulbah.

The Nittany Lions signed four recruits who were the No. 1 recruit in their respective states or provinces across at least one of the three recruiting services — Cole Brevard (Indiana), Ji’Ayir Brown (New Jersey — Junior College), Theo Johnson (Ontario), Malick Meiga (Quebec).

Penn State again found success in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions with 13 players coming from within a 250-mile radius of State College. Penn State also had a national reach with four signees coming from more than 1,000 miles away from State College. The Nittany Lions’ class lay claim to hometowns in 14 different states and provinces. Penn State had five signees from Maryland, four each from Pennsylvania and Virginia, two each from Florida, Michigan and New Jersey and one each from Indiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Texas, Ontario and Quebec.

The Class of 2020 features 15 offensive signees and 12 defensive recruits. There are six players who have won at least one State Championship, three Under Amour All-Americans and one All-American Bowl selection. Additionally, 24 of the signees served as their team captain during their high school or junior college career.

The No. 10 Nittany Lions head to the Goodyear Cotton Bowl to face No. 17 Memphis on Dec. 28 at noon on ESPN.

Penn State Football Class of 2020

Norval Black

WR | Germantown, Maryland | Northwest High School/Lackawanna College |
 College Coach: Mark Duda | 6-1, 170

 Micah Bowens

QB | Las Vegas, Nevada | Bishop Gorman High School | HS Coach: Kenny Sanchez | 5-11, 190

Cole Brevard

DT | Carmel, Indiana | Carmel High School | H.S. Coach: John Hebert | 6-3, 305

Ji’Ayir Brown

S | Trenton, New Jersey | Trenton Central High School/Lackawanna College |
 College Coach: Mark Duda | 5-11, 205

Jimmy Christ

OL | Sterling, Virginia | Dominion High School | HS Coach: Carl Buckwalter/Drake Woodard | 6-7, 300

Nick Dawkins

OL | Allentown, Pennsylvania | Parkland High School | HS Coach: Tim Moncman | 6-4, 305

Jaden Dottin

WR | Cambridge, Massachusetts | Suffield Academy (Conn.) | HS Coach: Drew Gamere | 6-2, 170

Tyler Elsdon

LB | Frackville, Pennsylvania | North Schuylkill High School | HS Coach: Wally Hall | 6-2, 230

Olu Fashanu

OL | Waldorf, Maryland | Gonzaga College High School | HS Coach: Randy Trivers | 6-6, 315

Zuriah Fisher

LB | Aliquippa, Pennsylvania | Aliquippa High School | HS Coach: Mike Warfield | 6-3, 255

Caziah Holmes

RB | Titusville, Florida | Cocoa High School | HS Coach: Ryan Schneider | 5-11, 190

Golden Israel-Achumba

OL | Bowie, Maryland | DeMatha Catholic High School | HS Coach: Bill McGregor | 6-4, 325

Coziah Izzard

DE | Columbia, Maryland | DeMatha Catholic High School | HS Coach: Bill McGregor | 6-3, 285

Curtis Jacobs

LB | Glen Burnie, Maryland | McDonogh School | HS Coach: Hakeem Sule | 6-1, 220

Enzo Jennings

S | Detroit, Michigan | Oak Park High School | HS Coach: Greg Carter | 6-1, 185

Joseph Johnson III

CB | Richmond, Virginia | Life Christian Academy | HS Coach: Charles Scott | 6-2, 170

Theo Johnson

TE | Windsor, Ontario | Holy Names Catholic High School | HS Coach: Rob McIntyre | 6-6, 245

KeAndre Lambert-Smith

WR | Norfolk, Virginia | Maury High School | HS Coach: Dyrri McCain | 6-1, 180

Keyvone Lee

RB | St. Petersburg, Florida | American Collegiate Academy | HS Coach: Ken Johnson | 6-0, 220

Malick Meiga

WR | Saint Jerome, Quebec | Cegep du Vieux | HS Coach: Renaldo Sagesse | 6-4, 195

Bryce Mostella

DE | Kentwood, Mich. | East Kentwood High School | HS Coach: Tony Kimbrough | 6-6, 240

Fatorma Mulbah

DT | Harrisburg, Pa. | Susquehanna Township High School | HS Coach: Joe Headen | 6-3, 275

Brandon Taylor

DE | Lima, Ohio | Lima Senior High School | HS Coach: Andre Griffin | 6-2, 275

Ibrahim Traore

OL | Bronx, New York | Frederick Douglass Academy VII | HS Coach: Andrew Kell | 6-5, 300

Amin Vanover

DE | Newark, New Jersey | St. Joseph’s Regional High School | HS Coach: Augie Hoffman | 6-4, 270

Tyler Warren

TE | Mechanicsville, Virginia | Atlee High School | HS Coach: Matt Gray | 6-6, 235

Parker Washington

WR | Sugar Land, Texas | William B. Travis High School | HS Coach: Trey Sissom | 5-10, 200