After a quiet few months on the recruiting trail, things have picked up quickly for a Penn State program that found itself with a few more open spots in the Class of 2014. On Thursday, the Lions picked up a commitment from perhaps the top tight end in the country in Mike Gesicki. On Sunday evening, news broke that Johnathan Thomas, who had committed to Maryland in May, had flipped his pledge to PSU.
Thomas, rated 3 stars by 247 sports, is also the 27th best running back in the class, and top player out of Massachusetts. As a junior, Thomas ran for nearly 1,800 yards and 15 touchdowns, and was on his way to another big year, before injuring his ACL in September. Thomas actually picked up his Penn State offer prior to the reduction in NCAA sanctions, and was visited by John Strollo during the first PSU bye week last month. When he picked Maryland in May, Arkansas was the other favorite. UConn, Boston College had also offered.
Johnathan becomes the 14th member of the class, and with word that De’Andre Thompkins intends to enroll early, that number could possibly go as high as 23, depending on how the staff intends to get below the 75 total scholarship limit for the 2014 season.
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