Penn State Football

Penn State football: Nittany Lions land receiver recruit

New Penn State coach James Franklin landed another prized recruit Sunday as wide receiver Saeed Blacknall from Englishtown, N.J., announced via Twitter that he had committed to the Nittany Lions.

Blacknall, a 6-foot-3, 205-pounder, is a consensus four-star recruit and had been considered the prize in Rutgers’ current recruiting class. Blacknall reportedly took an unofficial visit to Penn State on Sunday and later that night tweeted he was coming to Happy Valley.

“I have officially committed to The Pennsylvania State University,” Blacknall tweeted.

Blacknall caught 52 passes for 707 yards and 15 touchdowns for Manaplan last season. For his high school career, he has 105 catches for 1,650 yards and 26 touchdowns. He averaged 15.71 yards per catch.

Blacknall also had offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Wisconsin.

Blacknall is the second four-star recruit that Franklin and his staff landed over the weekend. On Saturday, the Nittany Lions picked up an oral commitment from safety/linebacker Koa Farmer, from Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks, Calif., who had previous committed to California.

The national signing period begins February 5.