After a surprising commitment to the Nittany Lions, Andrean (Ind.) linebacker, Josh Barajas, flipped his commitment and will be attending Notre Dame in the fall. The 6 foot 3 210 pound linebacker was expected to commit to the Fighting Irish in the first place, however, he made the surprising decision to attend Penn State on March 30th.
The second ranked inside linebacker in the 2015 class and 4-star rated recruit had a wide offer sheet headlined by Penn State, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Oregon. The talented linebacker was polled at a 100% Crystal Ball for Notre Dame on 247 Sports before committing to the Lions. So the flip to the Fighting Irish shouldn’t exactly come as a huge surprise.
While it shouldn’t be a surprise, it certainly is a big pill to swallow for James Franklin and his staff. Barajas would have been a huge get at a position that holds few proven commodities. Penn State now holds just one linebacker commitment in the 2015 class, Jake Cooper (# 13 ILB).
The Nittany Lions need talent and depth especially on the defensive side of the ball, where they struggled mightily last year, at times. Barajas is a terrific athlete and would have had a shot to start or at the very least contribute as a freshman in 2015.
Fortunately for Penn State, Franklin and his coaching staff have a great deal of time to find another replacement in their recruiting class. Franklin has done an incredible job on the recruiting trail, thus far, and I fully expect him to find a suitable replacement.
While Barajas is certainly a tough loss, one had to expect a flip would come eventually in today’s age of recruiting. If the job Franklin has done so far is any indication, the Nittany Lions will be just fine.