Penn State picked up two more football commits on Saturday.
James Franklin got one player closer to completing his first full recruiting class in Happy Valley as Central Catholic safety John Petrishen verbally committed to the Nittany Lions.
Petrishen, considered a three-star prospect by 24/7 Sports and Rivals.com, announced his commitment on Twitter. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Petrishen joins a 2015 class that is loaded with defensive backs. He’s the third safety in the group and joins Jarvis Miller (Suffield, Conn.) and Ayron Monroe (St. John’s College, Washington, DC) as players who were recruited to play the position.
Daiquan Kelly (Union City, N.J.) could also play safety but also projects at linebacker.
Petrishen, who had offers from Pittsburgh, Akron and Bowling Green, made his official visit to Penn State last weekend. His commitment gives Penn State nine of the Top 20 players in Pennsylvania according to 24/7 Sports.com’s composite rankings.
The Nittany Lions also added their fourth commitment to the 2016 class. Detroit Martin Luther King’s Lavert Hill also announced Saturday his intention to attend and play for Penn State, according to multiple recruiting services. Hill is considered a four-star prospect by the three major recruiting services and is listed at 5-foot-11, 170 pounds. He is considered the fourth-best prospect from Michigan by 24/7Sports.com’s composite rankings.
Petrishen and HIll are not bound by their commitments until they sign National Letters of Intent. National Signing Day for the 2015 class is Wednesday.
Penn State has managed to recruit plenty of depth at Hill’s position. While he’s the first cornerback in the 2016 class, Franklin and his assistants will welcome four-star corners Garrett Taylor and John Reid when they sign on Wednesday. Reid is the third-ranked player out of Pennsylvania while Taylor is the sixth-best prospect to come out of Virginia in the current class according to 24/7Sports.com’s composite rankings.
Reid and Taylor will join cornerbacks Grant Haley, Christian Campbell, Amani Oruwariye, Daquan Worley and safeties Troy Apke and Marcus Allen who were members of last year’s recruiting class.
Haley and Allen emerged as vaunted contributors for Penn State last season while Campbell and Apke earned playing time late. Oruwariye and Worley redshirted last season.