Although Penn State head coach James Franklin is hard at work in the middle of training camp for the 2014 season, he hasn’t taken a break from recruiting. On Friday, the Nittany Lions got a verbal commitment from John Reid, an in-state product from Philadelphia’s St. Joseph’s Prep.
Reid is a top prospect for 2015 and a huge pickup for Franklin, as he’s motto he made famous is “Dominate the State.”
Reid is rated as a 4-star prospect by 247Sports and is listed as the No. 3 player in the state. He’s the No. 15 cornerback and No. 139 recruit overall in the Top 247.
The coveted defensive back recruit made his decision know via Twitter.
— John Reid (@John_Doe_25) August 8, 2014
Reid had been a top target of the Nittany Lions for a long time. He was recruited by several top schools including: Michigan, Alabama, Michigan State and Notre Dame. Defensive coordinator Bob Shoop and wide receivers coach Josh Gattis were both instrumental in the recruitment of Reid.
He attended camp at Penn State last summer and made an unofficial visit during the Nittany Lions’ epic four-overtime victory over the Michigan Wolverines. Reid traveled to Happy Valley in February for Junior Day and again on June 21 for an unofficial visit.
With Reid’s commitment, the Nittany Lions now have 19 verbal commitments for the 2015 class, with seven coming from Pennsylvania. According to 247Sports, Penn State now has the No. 5 class for 2015.
Franklin is certainly turning heads with his first full class as head man of the Nittany Lions. With a few scholarships for 2015 remaining, look for Franklin to continue to target some of the remaining top recruits.
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