Just two days before National Signing Day, Penn State head coach James Franklin continues to work to finalize the 2014 recruiting class. On Monday evening, the Nittany Lions received a verbal commitment from safety Christian Campbell, according to 247sports.
Campbell, a 3-star safety from Alabama, is the sixth player in the 2014 class that could play in the defensive backfield. Five recruits are listed as defensive backs and Koa Farmer is listed as a linebacker/safety. At six-foot-one, 181 pounds, Campbell already has decent size for a defensive back. The secondary, a weak area for the Nittany Lions in 2013, is quickly shaping up to be one that includes a lot of depth moving forward.
This commitment comes as a surprise, as Penn State was not even on Campbell’s radar until recently. There wasn’t talk about the Nittany Lions going after him. However, after his announcement, Campbell announced on Twitter that Franklin had been recruiting him.
Just to let y’all know , Coach Franklin been recruiting me before Minnesota and Indiana , know your facts
— Chris (@9ChrisRock) February 4, 2014
He had received an offer, but never took a visit to the school. Until his decision to go to Penn State, Minnesota and Missouri were the favorites to land the defensive back.
Campbell makes the 25th player to commit to the Nittany Lions for the 2014 class. Under the NCAA sanctions, Penn State is allowed to have 20 scholarships this season. Five recruits do not count for this class as they are now enrolled at the school.
With a day left before National Signing Day, the recruiting class is now full. However, former Vanderbilt commit Lloyd Tubman, who was the first to follow Franklin to Penn State, has decided to reopen his recruiting. If that happens, there will be one available scholarship that could be used on Wednesday.
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