James Franklin has completed his first full recruiting class in Happy Valley.
Altoona defensive end Kevin Givens became the 25th member of the 2015 recruiting class when he flipped his commitment from Pittsburgh on Tuesday afternoon. Givens, listed at 6-foot-2 and 245 pounds, is considered a three-star prospect by the three major recruiting services — 24/7 Sports, Rivals and Scout. All three confirmed Givens’ commitment which is non-binding until he signs a National Letter of Intent. Givens, along with the rest of Penn State’s class, can do so Wednesday.
Originally committed to Pittsburgh, Givens is the second former Panther recruit flip to Penn State in the last eight days. Tight end Nick Bowers changed his commitment to Penn State last Monday. Givens is considered the 18th best prospect in Pennsylvania and his commitment gives Penn State 11 of the Top 20 players according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.
Penn State will ink 22 more recruits Wednesday. They’ll join offensive tackles Sterling Jenkins and Paris Palmer and quarterback Tommy Stevens who are already signed and enrolled.
Penn State’s current class is ranked 12th nationally by 24/7 Sports.
The Nittany Lions also picked up a commitment from Stanford offensive tackle Kevin Reihner who announced Tuesday night his intent to transfer to Penn State once he graduates from Standford in March. Reihner, who attended Scranton Prep and played in six games as a reserve last season, will be eligible to play immediately for Penn State per NCAA rules regarding graduate transfers. His father George played at Penn State from 1974-77 and spent six seasons with the NFL’s Houston Oilers. Reihner’s uncle John played at Penn State from 1972-75.
Reihner is listed at 6-foot-4, 295 pounds on Stanford’s roster. He appeared in 10 games total for the Cardinal. He announced his decision on his Twitter page.
It was unclear by press time if Reihner would count toward Penn State’s 2015 class of scholarships or even if he could be put on scholarship to replace a player who is no longer with the program. Two players — offensive lineman Anthony Stanko and wideout Jonathan Warner — each left the program over the last two seasons and have previously counted toward Penn State’s scholarship count since they remain enrolled at the university.