Before the full on-slot of the 2014 season kicks into full gear, Head Coach James Franklin spent time meeting and recruiting some of the top recruits remaining on Penn State’s 2015 board including 5-star defensive tackle Tim Settle, 4-star linebacker Ricky DeBerry, and 2017 quarterback prospect Alex Faniel, but it was the commitments of 2015 4-Star wide receiver Irvin Charles and 2016 Blue-Chip running back Miles Sanders that stole the day.
Irvin Charles (Paul VI HS) gave his verbal commitment while meeting with head coach James Franklin Saturday morning.
I’m proud to say I officially committed to Penn State University #WeAre
— Irvin Charles (@Swirvington_) July 19, 2014
Charles is tall and has good hands which makes him adept at being able to go up and secure a pass in traffic. He has good strength and has the ability to break tackles. According to ESPN.com, Charles’ 40 time was clocked at 4.73. With his strong hands and ability to break tackles, Charles has the talent to become a very good possession-type receiver for the Nittany Lions.
The lanky, 6’4″ WR from Haddonfield, NJ has become Penn State’s 18 verbal commitment for the Class of 2015. Based on the Top247 Rankings, Charles is ranked as the #211 athlete nationally, and he is rated as the #7 prospect in the Garden State.
Penn State has now secured verbal pledges from four of the top seven prospects from New Jersey. Charles (#7) joins guard Steven Gonzalez (#2), quarterback Brandon Wimbush (#3) and wide receiver Juwan Johnson (#4).
Charles chose the Nittany Lions over schools such as Alabama, Rutgers, Iowa, Michigan State, Purdue, Georgia Tech, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Florida, Tennessee, and Miami, FL.
In providing his pledge, Irvin Charles Johnson and Virginia product Brandon Polk as the other wide receivers in Penn State’s Class of 2015.
The addition of Charles has vaulted Penn State into 4th place nationally in 247Sports Composite Rankings as well as ESPN’s National Rankings, and are currently the top-rated Big Ten team in both polls.
While the addition of top 2015 prospect would be considered a great day for many programs, Penn State was and James Franklin were not done adding to their haul. The Nittany Lions also secured a verbal from 2016 Blue-Chip running back Miles Sanders.
Sanders, who hails from Pittsburgh’s Woodland Hills High School has become Penn State’s first verbal commitment for the Class of 2016. He was heavily recruited by Penn State’s new cornerbacks coach and former Penn State standout Terry Smith. Smith, who is from Monroeville, was able to develop a special connection to Sanders which greatly helped Penn State’s chances of landing the 4-star recruit.
Sanders is currently ranked by Top247 as the No. 132 best prospect nationally and the third best prospect in Pennsylvania. Besides his offer and subsequent commitment to Penn State, Sanders garnered offers from Michigan, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, and Temple.
The addition of a top prospect like Sanders should provide Penn State with leverage to continue to build strong recruiting classes even in the face of NCAA sanctions which limit the total number of scholarships that the Nittany Lions can hand out.
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