As we get closer to National Signing Day, recruiting news will come fast and often. Sunday night, Ryan Snyder of Blue White Illustrated announced that 4-star wide receiver Saeed Blacknall has given a verbal commitment to the Nittany Lions. Blacknall was previously committed to Rutgers and vowed to stay after a coaching change-over at the school. However, he suddenly became interested in Penn State once new head coach James Franklin took over.
Blacknall took an unofficial visit to Penn State last week and then made an official visit this past weekend. He sent his news out on Twitter Sunday night.
I have officially committed to THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY #WeARE….
— Saeed RaaShad (@RaaShad_TTG) January 27, 2014
The 4-star wide receiver is ranked 248th in the nation by Rivals.com and is one of the best at his position. Blacknall is a great pick up for the Nittany Lions, as wide receiver is a position of need, especially with the transfer of Alex Kenney, the graduation of Brandon Felder, and the fact that top receiver Allen Robinson is leaving for the NFL.
Blacknall makes the fourth wide receiver in Penn State’s 2014 class and joins De’Andre Thompkins, Chris Godwin as fellow 4-star recruits. Troy Apke is a 3-star wide receiver.
Since Franklin has taken over in Happy Valley, he’s already flipped five Vanderbilt recruits: Brendan Brosnan, Chance Sorrell, Lloyd Tubman, Grant Haley and Trace McSorley, and former California commit Koa Farmer.
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