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Penn State Football Recruiting: Junior Day Yields First Three Commitments for 2015


Saturday was junior day at Penn State, a day where head coach James Franklin and his coaching staff welcomed several targets from the 2015 class to campus. The recruits toured the school, met with the coaching staff and attended the men’s hockey game at Michigan State with Franklin. When it was all said and done, the Nittany Lions landed three verbal commitments for the 2015 class.

Ryan Snyder of Blue White Illustrated shared the news Saturday via Twitter.

Two of the commitments came in the form of 4-star athlete Kamonte Carter and 4-star offensive lineman Ryan Bates. The third was from 2-star defensive back Jarvis Miller.

Carter, from Gaithersburg, Maryland, plays linebacker and quarterback in high school, but is being recruited as a defensive end, which is where he will fit at Penn State. The 2014 class lacked a big-time defensive lineman, so this commitment is a great sign for the future. Carter had interest from several other Big Ten schools. Michigan, Michigan State and Nebraska all made offers to him.

Bates is another great land for Penn State. He’s from Archbishop Wood in Warminster, PA. and is currently ranked as one of the best offensive lineman in the country and ranks in the top-200 of all recruits as well. This is a key commitment, as Franklin has stated that his is focused on bringing in top offensive linemen.  It’s also an important commitment because Bates’ high school teammate, linebacker Jake Cooper, has an offer from the Nittany Lions.

Miller, who was the first recruit to commit to Penn State for 2015,  plays running back and safety in high school, but will likely fit into the secondary at Penn State. That was an area of need this past season, prompting Franklin to bring in six defensive backs in the 2014 recruiting class.

This marks the true beginning of the recruiting process for the newest Nittany Lions. With the 2014 class finalized two weeks ago, Franklin and his staff can focus all their attention on getting the top high school players to come to Penn State in 2015.

Check back with VBR as Franklin continues to work on and build Penn State’s 2015 recruiting class.

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