Penn State received help from a few members of the 2017 recruiting class this past season. Lamont Wade and Tariq Castro-Fields saw time at cornerback and on specials teams, while Yetur Gross-Matos saw his role expand once Torrence Brown and Ryan Buchholz went down with injuries. But, by and large, the Nittany Lions were able to redshirt the large majority of their freshmen class.
With the turnover of starters across the roster, let’s take a look at seven members of the 2017 recruiting class who will find themselves in battles for starting jobs this spring.
Penn State is about to experience life after Saquon Barkley, and the redshirt freshman Journey Brown could be a big part of it. Brown was a standout on the scout team this fall, routinely receiving praise from James Franklin and players alike.