Back in early April, there may have been a couple of eyebrows raised when Penn State offered a relative unknown prospect in Warren, Michigan’s Jared Wangler. At the time, the Lions were the first BCS conference offer, joining a host of MAC programs. Cincinnati, and eventually home state Michigan State offered the linebacker, but he would of course commit to PSU earlier this month. You can now add a 4th major conference team to that list, and it’s a biggie, with Les Miles using his one permitted phone call to Wangler to personally offer a scholarship.
There is absolutely no indication that Jared has been swayed from his nearly 2 week old verbal commitment to the Lions. Instead, might I suggest that PSU fans use this as another item in a long list of accomplishments by O’Brien and the staff. As has been said a number of times, in many locations, one major key for PSU in weathering the sanctions is to identify these types of players that somehow get missed by the major powers, and get in on them early. The same situation played out last year when Alabama native Parker Cothren flipped his commitment from Purdue to Penn State in November, and then picked up offers from Tennessee, Auburn, Vanderbilt, and Georgia Tech over a week in January.
There is obviously several months before Jared can sign on the dotted line and officially become a member of the Class of 2014, and things can certainly change. However, based on the commitment, and immediate connection he felt with PSU after his April scholarship offer, it doesn’t feel like much of a stretch to say PSU is going to get a heck of a player.
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