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Penn State Football Recruiting: Nittany Lions Add 3-Star DE Jonathan Holland


The Penn State Nittany Lions and head coach James Franklin continued the recent recruiting success on Saturday. The Nittany Lions picked up a verbal commitment from 3-star defensive end Jonathan Holland out of Potomac, Maryland. Holland took to Twitter to let his choice be known.

Holland is rated as the No. 19 prospect in the state of Maryland according to He joins fellow Penn State commits Adam McLean and Kamonte Carter as recruits from  Maryland. According to Sean Fitz of Lions247, Holland made a visit to Happy Valley on Saturday.

Holland garnered a lot of attention during his recruiting process and received offers from several schools. Some of those included: Georgia, Clemson, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Iowa. At Penn State, he was recruited by Charles Huff and Sean Spencer. With this most recent commitment, Spencer continues to prove, like former defensive line coach Larry Johnson, that he’s capable of recruiting well in Maryland.

Penn State now has 13 verbal commitments for the 2015 class. With Holland’s decision, the Nittany Lions are ranked as the No.2 class in the nation according to, jumping past Auburn. Alabama currently has the No. 1 class for 2015.

Check back with VBR for the latest Penn State recruiting news. 4-star OT Sterling Jenkins is set to decide between Penn State and Ohio State on Tuesday, May 6.

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