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Penn State football program stays on recruiting roll

STAFF REPORT
  • Tight end Patrick Freiermuth has committed to PSU's 2018 recruiting class.
  • Wideout Mac Hippenhammer has committed to PSU's 2017 recruiting class.
  • Penn State's 2017 recruiting class now has 15 members and is ranked No. 15 in the nation.

The last month has been extremely productive for Penn State on the football recruiting trail.

In the last 30 days, the Nittany Lions have added seven verbal commitments to their 2017 recruiting class and two more to their 2018 class.

Penn State coach James Franklin released his team's depth chart heading into Saturday's opener vs. Kent State.

The latest commitment came this week when four-star tight end Patrick Freiermuth made his pledge to James Franklin's 2018 class. The 6-foot, 5-inch, 230-pounder from North Andover, Massachusetts is the fourth PSU recruit for 2018. The crown jewel of the 2018 group is defensive end Micah Parsons, a five-star blue-chipper from nearby Central Dauphin High School.

Parsons, however, is still being recruited by a number of big-time programs, including Florida State, Michigan and Southern Cal, among many others. He told Pennlive.com recently that he is still committed to PSU, but plans to continue to take recruiting visits this fall.

In addition, the Lions picked up a 2017 recruit over the weekend in wideout Mac Hippenhammer, a 6-foot, 170-pound three-star wideout from Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The Lions now have 15 commitments in their 2017 class, which is ranked No. 19 in the nation by 247Sports.com.

The four-man 2018 class is ranked No. 4 by 247Sports.com.