In spite of the sanctions and decommitments, Penn State continues to hold steady at No. 24 in today's updated recruiting rankings.
The Nittany Lions were last ranked No. 24 on Aug. 23. Zayd Issah (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) was the only recruit to defect since then, and the three-star loss didn't weaken an otherwise strong class.
No. 1-rated passer Christian Hackenberg (Fork Union, Va./Fork Union) and Adam Breneman (Camp Hill, Pa./Cedar Cliff) headline this class as members of the ESPN 150 and are big reasons why Penn State remains ranked. The Lions are now down to nine recruits after watching six prospects decommit in two months.
Before the NCAA levied unprecedented sanctions against the Lions, they sat at No. 13.
Despite the drop, the Lions still have the third-best recruiting class in the conference -- behind only Michigan and Ohio State. The Wolverines are ranked No. 2 in the nation, behind USC, and the Buckeyes remain at No. 5.