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Penn State football: Nittany Lions add line depth

The Penn State football team got help for its offensive line for this fall, and for years to come.

The Nittany Lions officially announced lineman Kevin Reihner on Monday had transferred to the school and would be joining the team, and Alex Gellerstedt announced on Twitter his commitment to Penn State.

Reihner is a 6-foot-4, 295-pound lineman from Scranton who is transferring from Stanford after graduating from the school in March with a degree in management science and engineering. He had announced in February his intention to move back to Pennsylvania, but the school could not make the announcement official until Monday.

“We are excited to have Kevin join our family,” coach James Franklin said. “He comes to us with great experience at the collegiate level and has the opportunity to make an immediate impact for us. It’s awesome that Kevin can return home to Pennsylvania to close out his college career.”

The second-team Class AAA All-State pick from Scranton Prep has deep ties to Penn State. Reihner will wear No. 68, the same number worn by his father, George, as a Nittany Lion lineman from 1974-77. Also, his uncle, John, was a kicker for the team from 1972-75.

Reihner appeared in 10 games for the Cardinal, playing in six games last fall.

Gellerstedt is a 6-7, 275-pound rising senior offensive tackle from Coffman High School in Dublin, Ohio. He is rated as a three-star recruit by a number of services, and chose Penn State over more than a dozen other offers, including Pittsburgh and several Big Ten schools.

“Very excited to announce I have officially committed to Penn State!!!” Gellerstedt tweeted, along with a photo of him and Franklin in front of the tunnel at Beaver Stadium.

Gellerstedt is the eighth known commitment to the next recruiting class and his choice is not binding until he signs a National Letter of Intent in February.

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