- Josh Moyer, ESPN Staff Writer
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Despite a four-year postseason ban and a scholarship reduction, Penn State still boasts a top-25 recruiting class in ESPN's updated rankings.
The Nittany Lions dropped one spot Thursday and are clinging to the list at No. 25. They've been No. 24 since Aug. 23 and were No. 13 before the sanctions.
Bill O'Brien's class continues to garner attention because of its offensive talent. Quarterback Christian Hackenberg (Fork Union, Va./Fork Union) and tight end Adam Breneman (Camp Hill, Pa./Cedar Cliff) are both ranked No. 1 at their respective positions, and four of Penn State's top prospects are on the offensive side of the ball.
The Nittany Lions have commitments from a quintet of four-star prospects, and three of those players are on the ESPN 300. Offensive guard Brendan Mahon (Randolph, N.J./Randolph), offensive tackle Andrew Nelson (Hershey, Pa./Hershey) and defensive end Garrett Sickels (Little Silver, N.J./Red Bank) are the other impact recruits in this class.
Despite the slight drop, Penn State still has the third-best recruiting class in the Big Ten. Michigan is ranked No. 2, behind only USC, and Ohio State is No. 5.
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