The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


February 5, 2014

Penn State announces recruiting class

Nittany Lions sign 20 from 12 states

STATE COLLEGE — Penn State coach James Franklin announced the Nittany Lions’ 2014 recruiting class on today during a signing day celebration in the Lasch Football Buildng.

Penn State welcomed 20 student-athletes who signed national letters of intent to join the football program. They join five Nittany Lions who enrolled in classes in January.

Penn State’s 25 recruits hail from 12 different states, spanning from Pennsylvania to Florida to Alabama and California. The Nittany Lions had three signees from New Jersey and Pennsylvania and two signees from Alabama, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

Eleven offensive and nine defensive players signed with the Nittany Lions today.

Franklin, who was named Penn State’s 16th head coach on Jan. 11, will meet with the media at 4 p.m. to discuss the class.

Bios on all of the signees are available at Signing Day Central at

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School

Marcus Allen DB 6-2 200 Upper Marlboro, Md./ Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr.

Mark Allen RB 5-7 190 Hyattsville, Md./ DeMatha Catholic

Troy Apke WR 6-2 195 Mt. Lebanon, Pa./ Mount Lebanon

Tarow Barney DL 6-2 300 Bainbridge, Ga./ Bainbridge/NW Mississippi CC

Noah Beh OL 6-6 260 Scranton, Pa./ Scranton Prep

Saeed Blacknall WR 6-2 210 Manalapan, N.J./ Manalapan

Brendan Brosnan OL 6-6 285 Park Ridge, Ill./ Maine South

Torrence Brown DL 6-4 240 Tuscaloosa, Ala./ Tuscaloosa Academy

Jason Cabinda LB 6-1 240 Flemington, N.J./ Hunterdon Central

Christian Campbell DB 6-1 195 Phenix City, Ala./ Central

Koa Farmer DB 6-1 205 Lake View Terrace, Calif./ Notre Dame

Mike Gesicki TE 6-5 245 Manahawkin, N.J./ Southern Regional

Chris Godwin WR 6-2 205 Middletown, Del./ Middletown

Grant Haley DB 5-10 185 Atlanta, Ga./ The Lovett School

Trace McSorley QB 6-0 190 Ashburn, Va./ | Briar Woods

Michael O’Connor QB 6-5 225 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada/ IMG Academy (Fla.)

Amani Oruwariye DB 6-1 185 Tampa, Fla./ | Gaither

Troy Reeder LB 6-2 235 Wilmington, Del./ Salesianum School

Nick Scott RB 6-0 190 Fairfax, Va./ Fairfax

Chance Sorrell OL 6-6 270 Middletown, Ohio/ Middletown

Johnathan Thomas RB 5-11 220 Danvers, Mass./ St. John’s Prep

De’Andre Thompkins WR 6-0 175 Swansboro, N.C./ Swansboro

Antoine White DL 6-2 280 Millville, N.J./ Millville

Daquan Worley DB 5-10 180 Coatesville, Pa./ Coatesville

Chasz Wright OL 6-7 310 Woodbridge, Va./ C.D. Hylton

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