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4-star defensive back picks Penn State

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Penn State has added some prodigious young talent to its Class of 2017.

Virginia athlete Jonathan Sutherland announced his verbal pledge to the Nittany Lions on Sunday afternoon via Twitter.

The 6-foot, 195-pound Episcopal product is the No. 23 safety in the nation, according to 247 Sports composites, and the No. 10 Virginia prospect overall. He picked Penn State over offers from Rutgers, Michigan, Miami, Pitt, Nebraska and Temple.

He attended Penn State’s football camp on July 17 — in fact, he’s been participating in the Nittany Lions’ camps since he was in eighth grade.

Recruiting site Scout’s evaluation of Sutherland predicts that he could potentially play immediately for Penn State.

“Sutherland is an enforcer in the secondary,” his evaluation reads. “He is extremely physical and tackles very well. Sutherland also shows good anticipation and does a nice job in coverage.”

Sutherland’s pledge brings the Class of 2017 to 10 members.

Jourdan Rodrigue: 814-231-4629, @JourdanRodrigue

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