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Penn State Football Recruiting: A Breakdown of 2022-25 Recruiting Classes by Positions, Star Ratings

Penn State coach James Franklin

With Kari Jackson committing Tuesday, Penn State football has 50 players signed or committed in its 2022, ’23, 24 and now ‘25 recruiting classes.

Jackson is a four-star according to 247Sports’ composite ratings.

He’s the third player to commit to the Penn State football ’24 recruiting class, the second linebacker and the first player from outside Pennsylvania.

Jackson joins fellow four-star Anthony Speca (Pittsburgh Central Catholic) as a linebacker commit.

Jackson (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) has had an interesting high school career geography-wise. He started at West Bloomfield, then transferred to Florida’s famous IMG Academy for his sophomore season. After that, he returned to West Bloomfield for his junior year and dominated. Jackson ended this past season with 103 tackles (65 solo), 26 tackles for loss and three sacks, playing in seven games.

Thirty-five of Penn State’s 50 commits/signees, 33 are at least four stars, and four are five stars.

Here is a position-by-position breakdown of the 2022-25 classes, including their class years and 247 composite ratings.


Drew Allar (2022 five-star)
Beau Pribula (2022 three-star)
Jaxon Smolik (2023 three-star)


Nick Singleton (2022 five-star)
Kaytron Allen (2022 four-star)
London Montgomery (2023 four-star)
Cam Wallace (2023 three-star)


Kaden Saunders (2022 four-star)
Anthony Ivey (2022 four-star)
Tyler Johnson (2022 three-star)
Omari Evans (2022 three-star)
Carmelo Taylor (2023 four-star)
Cristian Driver (2022 four-star)


Jerry Cross (2022 four-star)
Andrew Rappleyea (2023 four-star)
Mega Barnwell (2023 four-star)
Joey Schlaffer (2023 three-star)


JB Nelson (2022 four-star)
Drew Shelton (2022 four-star)
Vega Ioane (2022 three-star)
Alex Birchmeier (2023 four-star)
J’ven Williams (2023 five-star)
Anthony Donkoh (2023 three-star)


Dani-Dennis Sutton (2022 five-star)
Zane Durant (2022 four-star)
Kaleb Artis (2022 three-star)
Jameial Lyons (2023 four-star)
Tyriq Blanding (2023 three-star)
Joseph Mupoyi (2023 three-star)
Mason Robinson (2023 three-star)


Abdul Carter (2022 four-star)
Keon Wylie (2022 three-star)
Tony Rojas (2023 four-star)
Ta’Mere Robinson (2023 four-star)
Kaveion Keys (2023 four-star)
Anthony Speca (2024 four-star)
Kari Jackson (2024 four-star)


KJ Winston (2022 four-star)
Tyrece Mills (2022 three-star)
DaKaari Nelson (2023 four-star)
King Mack (2023 four-star)
Elliot Washington (2023 four-star)


Cam Miller (2022 four-star)
Lamont Payne (2023 three-star)
Zion Tracy (2023 four-star)
Cristian Driver (2022 four-star)


Mehki Flowers (2022 four-star)


Alex Bacchetta (2022 three-star)

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