Another heavyweight position battle could be looming on the distant horizon for the Penn State wrestling team.
Clovis High School (Calif.) senior Nick Nevills verbally committed to the three-time defending NCAA champions on Tuesday. Nevills' commitment, which is non-binding until he signs a National Letter of Intent, was first reported by Flo Wrestling.
Ranked the No. 1 heavyweight in the country by Flo, Nevills is on pace to join the Nittany Lions in time for the 2014-15 season. His commitment was the second in the 2014 recruiting class from a top-flight heavyweight. Solanco standout Thomas Haines committed to Penn State before his junior season began last fall.
Haines, ranked as the No. 2 220-pounder in the country by Flo, is a three-time PIAA Class AAA champion. Nevills, who won a state championship as a freshman in 2011, went 53-0 last season with 44 pins for Clovis.
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Both vaunted heavyweights will join the Nittany Lions in a time of need. Current heavyweights Jon Gingrich and Jimmy Lawson, who flip-flopped as the team's starter last season, will be out of eligibility following the 2014-15 season.