That being said, Penn State is having one of its most phenomenal preseasons, adding multiple commits in just a few weeks’ time and giving confidence-boosting press conferences.
This week, we introduce you to Justin Shorter and Desmond Holmes, the latest in a stellar batch of recruits we excitedly add to the Franklin Era.
Hailing from Monmouth Junction, NJ, Justin Shorter is a four star wide receiver who stands at an impressive 6’4” and 210 lbs. Shorter had his fair share of offers, too. Ole Miss, Michigan, Virginia Tech, and Maryland were among some of the schools that showed interest in Shorter, but Penn State is the lucky team this time around. Clearly, this New Jersey native knows that Rutgers is no match for Penn State.
On the defensive line we welcome Desmond Holmes (Springfield, PA), who spent his high school years playing under the tutelage of the excellent football program at Cardinal O’Hara High School. Holmes is an intimidating 6’5” and 325 lbs. and will add some much appreciated depth to our already famed defensive line. Holmes was offered by Villnova and Pitt, but knew deep down that a Lion always trumps a Panther, and has decided to don the blue and white for his collegiate years.
From the media side of things, Penn State had a good week.
Head Coach James Franklin invited via Twitter former Vanderbilt quarterback and winner of the Bachelorette Jordan Rodgers and his fiancée Jojo Fletcher to Penn State’s season opener on September 3rd. Rodgers responded, mentioning that some of Franklin’s core values that he instilled in Rodgers have done him well, and that “a trip to Happy Valley will def happen.”
On the more serious side of things, Defensive Coordinator Brent Pry exuded confidence when speaking to the media about Linebacker U this week.
“I’ll tell ya, I’d go to battle against anyone in the country with those three linebackers,” said Pry, referencing Nyeem Wartman-White (Philadelphia, Pa.), Brandon Bell (Mays Landing, N.J.), and Jason Cabinda (Flemington, N.J.).
Pry praised all three for making impressive strides in the offseason and for staying humble and hungry.
Hang tight for three more weeks, folks… it’s almost time for some Nittany Lion Football!