Penn State has eight players committed in its 2024 recruiting class thus far. The class ranks No. 10 in 247Sports’ Composite Rankings early on.
Here’s a breakdown of the eight. This will go in order from where they’re ranked according to 247Sports Composite.
Penn State’s top rated commit thus far is also its most recent.
Martin, a high-end four-star ATH from Belle Vernon High School near Pittsburgh, announced his commitment to Penn State last Friday.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder is the No. 1 player in Pennsylvania. He’s also the No. 3 athlete in the country and the No. 30 overall player according to 247Sports Composite.
His position in college will be discussed. He plays running back and defensive back for Belle Vernon. With Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen in the fold at least for the next two years, he could be expected to play safety, and versatility can make him a special teams contributor. Martin’s a bigger-frame athlete that has the frame to add weight when he gets to Penn State.
Cousins, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound hoss from McDowell High School in PA, was the first player to commit to Penn State’s ‘24 class. He did so in January 2022. For almost a year, he was the only one. Cousins, a four-star, is Penn State’s second-highest rated commit behind Martin, following a solid ‘23 OL class headed by high-end four-stars J’ven Williams and Alex Birchmeier.
Mitchell committed to Penn State April fools day, and he’s no joke.
Mitchell is the No. 17 cornerback and No. 197 player nationally as well as the No. 30 overall player in Florida according to 247Sports’ Composite.
Speca was the second player to commit to Penn State’s ‘24 Class, doing so in January almost a year after Cousins did.
Ironically, 247’s scouting report on Speca, written by National Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn, compared Speca to current Penn State linebacker Tyler Elsdon.
”Highly productive player averages more than 12 tackles a game as a junior,” Dohn wrote. “Physically advanced and possesses strength and mentality to get on field quickly in college. Muscular build throughout frame. Plays middle linebacker in Central Catholic’s 4-3 scheme. Excels as a downhill player in shooting gaps and disrupting plays. Playing style build as a run stopper who is physical between the tackles.”
Central Catholic also once housed legendary NFL quarterback Dan Marino. Marino, of course, played at Pitt. Speca is looking to carve out a college football legacy at Penn State.
Woseley, a four-star corner from Philly’s Imhotep Charter, committed to Penn State in early March.
NSN’s Mike Farrell, the “Godfather of Recruiting,” had this to say about him.
“Imhotep has been good to Penn State with a few key guys like (Shaka) Toney and (Keon) Wylie in the last many cycles and Woseley keeps it going. He’s thin and needs a lot of filling out, but he his long for a 5-11 corner and he has hops. He also fluid so that bodes well as he adds weight because he won’t lose that flexibility. Any win over Big Ten schools is a good one, and this is a nice get over Michigan, but also over Nebraska as Matt Rhule will try hard to hit his old stomping grounds in Philly. I have him as a top 300 four-star kid.”
Jackson was Penn State’s second linebacker commit of the ‘24 class, doing so in late February.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder’s had an interesting high school career geography-wise. He started at West Bloomfield High School in Michigan, 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 just seven games. Earlier in February, Jackson announced that Penn State was in his top seven, along with Cincinnati, Central Florida, Maryland, Missouri, Stanford and Wisconsin. Penn State offered him in May 2021, and he visited the school three times before committing. He first visited the month after Penn State offered him, then transferred to IMG, making it difficult for him to make the trip to State College. After returning to West Bloomfield, Jackson returned to Penn State, attending the team’s White Out game against Minnesota last October. His most recent visit to Penn State was in January for one of the school’s junior day events.
Belgrave-Shorter is Penn State’s most recent commit, announcing his commitment this past Monday. The 6-foot, 180-pounder is the No. 47 cornerback in the country and the No. 74 overall recruit in Florida according to 247Sports. He recorded 33 tackles (22 solo), six pass breakups, three interceptions last season as Mandarin made the Florida 5A State playoffs.
Reynolds (‘24) is a three-star tight end from Cheshire Academy in Connecticut. Penn State offered him the week before he committed. Among other schools to offer Reynolds were Boston College, Duke, Kentucky, Louisville, Pitt, Stanford, Syracuse, Temple, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wake Forest.