The weekend proved to be a busy one for James Franklin and his staff, adding four new members to the 2020 recruiting class on Friday and Saturday.
Penn State received two pledges on Friday, one from three-star junior college defensive back Ji’Ayer Brown and another from four-star wide receiver Jaden Dottin. But those accounted for just half of the additions this weekend, as the Nittany Lions received two more commitments on Saturday.
Two defensive tackles — four-star Coziah Izzard and three-star Fatorma Mulbah — committed to Penn State over the weekend, bringing Penn State’s class total to 12 members.
Izzard, a four-star lineman out of DeMatha Catholic in Maryland, was heavily recruited by some of college football’s top programs. He received nearly two dozen offers, including looks from Ohio State, Notre Dame, Alabama, Michigan, Michigan State, Florida, Georgia and Iowa, among others. The 6-foot-2, 271-pound tackle picked Penn State over the bunch.
According to 247Sports, Izzard is one of the top 25 players at his position and ranks inside the top 250 overall athletes in the 2020 class.
Mulbah is a homegrown addition for Penn State, a native of Harrisburg, Penn. The three-star lineman is rated as the fifth-best player from the state and brings depth and size to the position at 6-foot-3, 270 pounds.
With the big weekend on the recruiting trail, Penn State has jumped up three spots to No. 17 in the national rankings. It still sits second in the B1G behind Ohio State.