Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions dispatch Maryland in pivotal test

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A pair of four-star prospects - Maryland tackle Rasheed Walker and Arizona receiver Solomon Enis - are the top targets left on Penn State's board heading into the traditional signing day.

The class is heavier on defense than offense, which is quite a thing to say about a class that has two five-star skill players.

Back in February 2017, director of player personnel Andy Frank said he'd "probably project we're going to be in the more 18, to 18-20 range next year, is my guess", in the just-completed cycle, so the Lions did exceed that early estimate.

Penn State women's basketball (14-11, 5-7 Big Ten) couldn't complete a late comeback against Iowa (19-6, 7-5 Big Ten) that saw the Lady Lions down by as much as 15 at halftime. Both he and Asiedu are ranked among the top 10 tackles in this class, and the 6-foot-6, 290-pound Walker is rated the No. 65 player in the class regardless of position by both 247 and Rivals.

The move to Penn State represents something of an expected one for Walker, who gushed about the program's rise throughout the recruiting process.

ESPN ranked Penn State's class fourth in the country.

"You can still have a very good year by overcoming some deficiencies that you have in a certain area, but you can't ever overcome deficiencies up front".

Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions dispatch Maryland in pivotal test
Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions dispatch Maryland in pivotal test

The main takeaway, though, is that projecting the size of a recruiting class a year before it becomes official is no exact science, as transfers happen, injuries end careers, players leave early for the pros, and other circumstances help trim roster sizes.

The guys who we're recruiting should be the best player on either side of the ball.

The first half was a prime example of a young team that is nearly forced to play through defensive mistakes while also trying to keep pace in their half court offensive set.

"I played with Jayson's high school coach (Jim Saylor) at East Stroudsburg", Franklin said. "I think you guys also know that we'd like to have a guy handle the kickoff and another guy handle field goal". "(Texas cornerback) Trent Gordon's been a pleasant surprise. "I think we've put a hell of a class together".

The nastiness along the defensive line, especially along the interior, likely won't come right away from this class. New running backs coach Ja'Juan Seider has a strong recruiting reputation, and Franklin said it would be unwise not to take advantage of Seider's recruiting connections in his home state of Florida. Anderson-Butts had been committed verbally to the Nittany Lions since July, but he was the only committed member of the class who didn't sign with the Nittany Lions during December's early signing period, due to an academic issue.

"I feel like we addressed a lot of our needs", Franklin said.

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