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Penn State picks up 2018 offensive lineman commit

It didn’t take long for Chris Bleich to pick his future college.

The offensive lineman verbally committed to Penn State on Thursday night, just one week after receiving an offer from head coach James Franklin, offensive line coach Matt Limegrover and the Nittany Lions’ staff.

“Happy to announce that I just committed to PSU,” Bleich wrote on Twitter. “Dreams really are coming true.”

The 6-foot-6, 305-pound tackle helped Wyoming Valley West (Plymouth, Pa.) to a 12-1 season and the Wyoming Valley Conference title. The team reached the PIAA Class AAAA first round.

Bleich will finish his high school career at the powerhouse IMG Academy in Florida. He joins (early) five-star defensive lineman Micah Parsons as the second commitment in the 2018 class.

The rising high school junior told Sean Fitz of 247 Sports that Penn State felt like home after he visited for a spring practice.

“(I visited) and loved the new offensive line coach,” he said, according to Fitz. “I loved the way that he coaches.”

According to 247 Sports, Bleich also had offers from Rutgers, Michigan State, Pitt and Maryland among others.

Jourdan Rodrigue: 814-231-4629, @JourdanRodrigue

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