Christian Driver, 4-Star son of NFL legend, commits to Penn State Football

Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin (Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)
Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin (Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports) /

Penn State Football landed another 2022 commit on Thursday with the addition of 4-star athlete Cristian Driver.

Penn State Football coach James Franklin’s longstanding relationship with NFL legend Donald Driver paid dividends Thursday, as Driver’s son, Christian Driver commits to the Nittany Lions.

Driver announced the decision on CBS Sports HQ. Penn State Football has had great success with CBS Sports HQ announcements, as  Nicholas Singleton, Dani Dennis-Sutton and Cam Miller also committed to the Nittany Lions via CBS Sports HQ.

The Texas product held 43 offers, including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Texas A&M. The main competitor in Driver’s recruitment seemed to be Wisconsin, until Driver tweeted in June that he would not be officially visiting Wisconsin.

Listed at 6-foot and 180 pounds, Driver is listed as the 210th best player in the country and the 15th best safety, according to the 247 Sports composite. Although he is listed as a safety, Driver falls in the same category as fellow Penn State commit, Mehki Flowers. He could end up playing either wide receiver or safety, depending on what else happens in the 2022 class, and what the roster looks like when Driver and Flowers arrive in Happy Valley.

Driver is the son of former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver. That is noteworthy, because it may be the main reason the younger Driver chose Penn State. Franklin was Driver’s position coach in Green Bay back in 2005 and that relationship has stayed solid over the years and helped Franklin win this recruiting battle.

With Driver in the fold, Penn State’s 2022 class now has 23 commits and stays just behind Ohio State with the second ranked class in the nation. Driver is the eleventh 2022 commit for Penn State in July alone. The month has been the most successful recruiting month in Franklin’s career and may be the best recruiting stretch in the history of Penn State’s program.

The July hot streak may not be over, as safety Kevin Winston will announce his college decision on Saturday.