Penn State Football

Four-star linebacker Nick Tarburton commits to Penn State

The Penn State football recruiting train keeps chugging along.

Nick Tarburton, a four-star inside linebacker according to, verbally committed to the Nittany Lions on Thursday evening via Twitter, further bolstering Penn State’s No. 1 class of 2018.

Tarburton is the 12th-best inside linebacker nationally and the No. 12 overall prospect from Pennsylvania, according to 247 Sports.

The Perkasie native — who chose Penn State over Pittsburgh, Maryland, Michigan State, Louisville and Rutgers — brings the Nittany Lions’ 2018 class to 11 members. He’s the third linebacker of the group, joining Cumberland Valley’s Charlie Katshir and Mercyhurst Prep’s Jesse Luketa.

Tarburton’s commitment continues the noteworthy roll James Franklin and his staff are on the recruiting trail. He’s the fourth verbal commitment since last Thursday (Katshir, Luketa, five-star running back Ricky Slade).