Lions hold at No. 24 in recruiting rankings

Despite four decommitments and crippling sanctions, Penn State's 2013 recruiting class is still holding strong at No. 24 in ESPN's newest recruiting rankings.

Michigan leads the Big Ten with the No. 3 spot, and Ohio State is right behind at No. 5.

Three ESPN 300 prospects highlight the Nittany Lions' class, with quarterback Christian Hackenberg (Fork Union, Va./Fork Union) headlining it.

The 6-foot-4, 212-pound signal-caller recently tied for second at the Elite Eleven and is listed as the 16th overall player in the nation. He'll be throwing to another highly coveted recruit, tight end Adam Breneman (Camp Hill, Pa./Cedar Cliff), who is ranked as the country's 49th-best player.

Four-star defensive end Garrett Sickels (Little Silver, N.J./Red Bank) is the top defensive prospect and earned a spot on the U.S. Army All-American Bowl roster.

Penn State's rank has slipped since the summer when the sanctions had not yet taken place. ESPN ranked Penn State at No. 16 on July 26 and at No. 13 on June 28.