As the conclusion of the 2014 cycle nears with National Signing Day on the horizon, the 247Composite has undergone its final update for the year. The 247Composite averages the four major recruiting ratings and rankings together to form the industry’s most comprehensive and unbiased prospect ranking. Three Nittany Lion commitments and a number of Penn State targets worth monitoring are listed in the final 247Composite Top247.
Godwin excelled at the Under Armour All-American Game.
Chris Godwin - No. 168
6-foot-1, 193 pounds
-The highest rated Penn State commit in the 247Composite, Godwin improved his stock eight spots after participating in the Under Armour All-American Game. Godwin maintained his status as the No. 1 player from Delaware, and is now ranked the No. 25 player at his position, a one spot increase.
Mike Gesicki - No. 214
6-foot-5, 236 pounds
-The industry stood pat on Gesicki’s, who down just one spot in the final release of the 247Composite rankings. The 6-foot-5 pass catcher didn’t participate in a postseason all-star game, and is now ranked as the No. 6 tight end and the No. 6 player in New Jersey.
DeAndre Thompkins - No. 225
6-foot, 170 pounds
-While already enrolled, Thomkpkins was dropped five spots following his performance at the Under Armour All-American Game, where he returned one kickoff for 16 yards on January 2. The 5-foot-11 athlete is now the 33 player at his position and the 10th best player from North Carolina by the 247Composite.
Michael O’Connor - No. 253
6-foot-4, 223 pounds
-Ranked No. 257 before his time down in Florida for the Under Armour All-American Game,, O’Connor slid up five spots after his play on the field. He’s now ranked as the No. 14 signal-caller and the No. 35 player who competed in Florida. The early enrollee freshman at Penn State was 3-of-6 for 45 yards on the day and threw a touchdown in Team Highlight’s 31-21 win.
Damian Prince - No. 27
6-foot-5, 295 pounds
-A late addition to Penn State’s target list, Prince solidified himself as a five-star prospect in the final edition of the 247Composite rankings, moving down just one spot overall. The Bishop McNamara senior has yet to visit Penn State, but is atop James Franklin’s wish list to close out the class. Prince, who was selected to the Under Armour All-American Game but did not participate, is ranked as the No. 2 offensive tackle and the No. 1 player from Maryland.
Derrick Nnadi - No. 99
6-foot-1, 305 pounds
-Already having officially visited Penn State in December, Nnadi remains a target after coach Sean Spencer paid the senior defensive tackle a visit last week. An Army All-American selection, the senior has two official visits left to take, with Virginia and Virginia Tech the final two destinations. Nnadi remains the No. 7 defensive tackle nationally and is the No. 5 player from Virginia.
Saeed Blacknall - No. 137
6-foot-3, 210 pounds
-While the New Jersey product was previously scouted by Bill O’Brien, Franklin has gone all in on the Rutgers commitment. Blacknall officially visited this past weekend and was offered by Penn State. The Top247 receiver moved down eight spots in the final 247Composite rankings, and would be Penn State’s highest rated commitment if he were to flip to the Nittany Lions. Blacknall is the No. 21 receiver and sits as the No. 3 product from New Jersey.
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