Recruiting, recruiting, everyone loves to talk recruiting! Every year since I’ve been at TOM, I’ve released a “Recruiting Rewind,” which focuses on a specific year and how its recruits developed (or didn’t) during their collegiate careers. That article is always well-received and puts college wrestling into perspective for some. Building on that, let’s look team-by-team at how some of the top programs in the country have fared on the recruiting trail and pick out some of the strengths and tendencies.
We’ll move on to a Penn State team that has won eight of nine NCAA titles since the hiring of Cael Sanderson before the 2009-10 season. A staple of the Nittany Lions under Sanderson has been their ability to not only win but to rack up bonus points. Cael and his staff have done an excellent job identifying which high schoolers will be able to keep scoring points in bunches at the collegiate level.
Here are Penn State’s top recruits from the high school classes of 2014-2020. While there were obviously more signings during each year, these were the ones with the most pre-college credentials and expectations. The numbers next to each name denote their final, overall ranking in their respective class. Classes from 2018-20 are via TOM, while the years before that are from my old D1CW site. We’ve also noted some key transfers that were added, too.
#5 Beau Bartlett (Wyoming Seminary, PA)
#9 Robert Howard (Bergen Catholic, NJ)
#19 Austin Boone (Lowell, MI)
#75 Matt Lee (Evansville, IN)
--Transfer: Daniel Kerkvliet (Ohio State)
#10 Carter Starocci (Cathedral Prep, PA) Redshirted 2019-20
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