Where Penn State’s Class of 2023 ranks after latest commitment

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Penn State received some terrific news on Tuesday afternoon when four-star defensive lineman Tomarrion Parker announced his commitment to the Nittany Lions in the Class of 2023. Parker joined an impressive recruiting class to make their way to Happy Valley in the next year as head coach James Franklin hopes more good news will be on the way in the coming weeks.

Penn State saw a bump up in the national recruiting rankings last week after adding Tyriq Blanding to the Class of 2023, but that has left Penn State with little room to improve in the national recruiting rankings. Such was the case with the addition of Parker.

Penn State remains the No. 3 team in the Class of 2023 according to the composite team rankings compiled by 247Sports on Tuesday night. With 14 commits, led by five-star offensive lineman Alex Birchmeier, the Nittany Lions continue to have one of the nation’s top recruiting classes, but another Big Ten rival has maneuvered themselves just ahead of Penn State in the latest recruiting rankings.

Ohio State has jumped up to No. 2 in the nation after adding a commitment from a paid of five-star wide receivers in the past few days, Carnell Tate and Brandon Inniss. Northwestern enjoyed a brief stay at the top of the Big Ten recruiting rankings, but Penn State and Ohio State have started to pace themselves far ahead of the Wildcats and the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions are now on pace to secure the top two recruiting classes in the Big Ten once again in 2023.

Notre Dame remains the No. 1 team in the 247Sports team rankings, and the Fighting Irish still have a padded lead over the Buckeyes in the 247Sports calculations.

What about the On3 team rankings?

Each recruiting service has a different way of evaluating talent, which leads to differences in the recruiting rankings. The ranking of Penn State is slightly less impressive in the team rankings updated by On3.

Penn State’s Class of 2023 is ranked No. 7 in the On3 team rankings, four spots lower than the 247Sports rankings. Ohio State is No. 1 overall according to On3, with Notre Dame coming in at No. 2.

The biggest difference in the two rankings is highlighted by Alabama. The Crimson Tide are ranked No. 4 in the On3 rankings but just No. 38 according to 247Sports. Alabama’s overall ranking may be impacted by the average NIL value calculated by On3 which is currently $1183,000. Penn State is the only program in the On3 top 10 with an average NIL under $67,000 ($48,000).

Penn State still has the apparent inside track on a few more recruits that will be deciding their college choices later this summer. We’ll see where things fall in the recruiting rankings as a result moving forward.


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