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7-6, 4th in Big Ten - East

Lions trending down after signing day

Penn State's recruiting class was as high as No. 4 in recent weeks before falling to No. 18 in ESPN's final class ranking. That's a distant third in the Big Ten East division. Five teams reeling after NSD (Insider)

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4dBrian Bennett

The 2016 Big Ten recruiting all-name team

Michigan State has its Messiah, and Northwestern can unchain Jango, while Nebraska has Dicaprio to act its way out of any trouble.

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Grading the recruiting classes: Big Ten

Grading the 2016 football recruiting classes in the Big Ten, which saw Ohio State deliver another top-5 class and Michigan finish with a fury.

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Big Ten Signing Day wrap (2:19)

Josh Moyer ESPN Staff Writer 

Penn State lost kicker Quinn Nordin to Michigan, officially after Jim Harbaugh slept over at the prospect's house ... in Quinn's sister's room. (The sister was not home, Harbaugh clarified.) What does Franklin think of certain coaches' more unique recruiting strategies? "We want to be creative, not creepy," he said.

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Would Penn State coach James Franklin like to see an early signing period in football? "YES! YES!"

Josh Moyer ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's a closer look at Penn State's "Big Board" of signees from earlier this morning. PSU is now up to 20 signees, but head coach James Franklin said that number could still increase today.

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Franklin: 'We're proud of what we're doing' (1:49)

Josh Moyer ESPN Staff Writer 

This is how Penn State coach James Franklin spent much of his Wednesday morning, reaching out to signees via video chat:

Josh Moyer ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Penn State RB Akeel Lynch has signed on with Nevada as a graduate transfer, Nevada announced Wednesday morning. Lynch's role in the PSU offense greatly diminished with the rise of Saquon Barkley and might've become virtually nonexistent in 2016 with Andre Robinson coming off a redshirt and Miles Sanders signing his NLI. Good move by both Lynch and Nevada.

Josh Moyer ESPN Staff Writer 

Penn State's first NLOI is in, and how appropriate that it's from the class headliner: ESPN 300 DE Shane Simmons, the No. 14 overall recruit in the nation. He's been committed since the summer of 2014, and it shouldn't be too long before this kid makes an impact in Happy Valley.

Josh Moyer ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN 300 LB Brendan Ferns kicks off National Signing Day by announcing his commitment to West Virginia. Picked the Mountaineers over Penn State. PSU definitely could've used Ferns to add some quality to a position lacking in depth, but James Franklin could still add a few commits today.

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What to watch on signing day 2016

Figuring out how to process all the noise on national signing day? We're here to help with a running reset on the day's biggest storylines, from the first fax to the crowning of 2016's top class. 10 most important things

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Top Big Ten recruit by team: 2011-2015

As signing day nears we're taking a look at the highest-impact prospects each Big Ten school has signed over the last decade, starting with 2001-15.

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11dKC Joyner

Joyner: Nkemdiche, Hackenberg can be easily replaced

These five players were big names, but their teams have available roster options who can replicate their 2015 performances. So don't feel too sorry for Penn State and Ole Miss.

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12dDan Murphy

Position of strength: Penn State Nittany Lions

On top of Penn State's group of rising WRs, the Nittany Lions also boast potential all-conference type players in Chris Godwin and DaeSean Hamilton.

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Craziest official visit memories (2:30)
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James Franklin makes a great point

The Penn State coach noted that the Nittany Lions are one of eight FBS teams that have had a winning record for the past 11 seasons. The other seven schools didn't overcome a scandal to do so. Maisel: 3-point stance

Team Stats

Passing Yards208.982nd
Rushing Yards135.3106th
Points For23.7104th
Points Against21.730th

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