A Look at Penn State's Recruiting Under Cael Sanderson

Three-time NCAA champion and Hodge Trophy winner Bo Nickal (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki;

On Monday afternoon, Luke Lilledahl the #2 overall recruit in the high school Class of 2024, gave a verbal commitment to Cael Sanderson's Penn State Nittany Lions. With Lilledahl's commitment, Penn State now has verbals from four of the top-seven juniors in the nation and six of the top-15. Should all follow through and sign with Penn State, it would become one of the most star-studded in recent years.

Just how good? Well, we'll have to wait for another four or five years down the line to say for sure, but it has the potential.

Below are the recruiting classes for Penn State since Cael Sanderson has been at the helm (spring of 2009-present). They have been sorted in order of best collegiate results first.

As you can see, the top class of the Cael-era was 2014 which boasts a pair of three-time national champions and looked pretty darn tough back in 2014 with half of the top-six signing with Penn State.


#4 Jason Nolf (Kittantiny, PA), #5 Nick Nevills (Clovis, CA), #6 Bo Nickal (Allen, TX), #54 Shakur Rasheed (Longwood, NY), #93 Gary Dinsmore (Hunterdon Central, NJ), Anthony Cassar (Montgomery, NJ)

All-Americans: 5

National Champions: 3

Multi-Time Champs: 2

Other: Hodge Winner (Nickal)


#1 David Taylor (St. Paris, OH), #5 Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, PA), #7 Jake Kemerer (Hempfield, PA), James English (Central York, PA)

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