Penn State gets good recruiting news in basketball, wrestling
The Penn State men's basketball team signed its best class in program history and one of the best in the country on Wednesday.
The program announced that four players, including three from Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia, signed National Letters of Intent with the Nittany Lions.
"Today marks the culmination of three years of hard work and dedication by this coaching staff to building relationships with these players and their families," Penn State head coach Patrick Chambers said. "We are excited to watch these four guys come together and are impressed with their dedication to directing the course of Penn State basketball.
"All four believe in the vision we have for this program – in building it piece by piece and achieving success while earning degrees, developing men and serving our community. I want to welcome Nazeer, Tony, Joe and Lamar to the Penn State family."
The Roman Catholic trio of guard Tony Carr, forward Lamar Stevens and forward Nazeer Bostick along with Oak Hill Academy forward Joe Hampton make up the Class of 2016 — currently ranked sixth in the country by ESPN RecruitingNation and 13th by Scout.com and 14th by 247Sports.
It was the first day of the early signing period, which continues through Nov. 18.
Penn State's class is ranked second in the Big Ten, behind Michigan State, by ESPN, Scout.com and 247Sports.
In the ESPN national rankings, the Nittany Lions are ranked one spot ahead of powerhouse Kentucky and one spot behind Virginia.
Penn State sits one spot ahead of Auburn and one spot behind Syracuse in the 247Sports rankings
Duke has the No. 1 class in the nation, followed by Michigan State, according to ESPN, Scout.com and 247Sports.
The top player in Penn State's class, according to rankings, is Carr.
The point guard is the top recruit in Pennsylvania, according to ESPN and 247Sports. He is ranked the No. 50 recruit and No. 10 point guard in the nation by ESPN, while Hampton and Stevens are ranked No. 98 and No. 100, respectively.
Carr, Hampton and Stevens are all rated four-star recruits by ESPN. Bostick is a three-star recruit.
Stevens, a 6-foot-6 forward, is ranked as the No. 2 prospect in Pennsylvania by 247Sports and third in the state by ESPN. Bostick, a 6-foot-4 forward, is rated sixth in the state by 247Sports and seventh in the state by ESPN.
The 6-foot-7 Hampton is ranked the No. 24 power forward in the country by ESPN.
This group follows the highly touted Class of 2015, which included Josh Reaves, Mike Watkins and Deividas "Davis" Zemgulis. Reaves and Watkins were both ranked in the top 100 recruits in the country by ESPN.
PSU gets top wrestling recruit: Top national wrestling prospect, Mark Hall, announced his verbal commitment to Penn State's wrestling program on Wednesday.
The verbal can't be made official until he sends a signed National Letter of Intent to Penn State. Hall wrestles at 170 pounds at Apple Valley High School in Apple Valley, Minnesota, and is a five-time 3A state champion. He is projected to win another championship this season. If he does, he will become the only Minnesota preps wrestler to claim six straight titles.
Hall chose Penn State over Minnesota, Ohio State, Arizona State and Wisconsin. He is the fifth wrestler in Penn State's Class of 2016 to announce his commitment.