Early Friday morning, Iowa native Brody Teske — one of the nation’s top 35 overall recruits — tweeted that he committed to Penn State wrestling.
The high school chose the Nittany Lions over Big Ten-rival Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa.
“I saw all the other schools and took unofficial visits, but I went back to Penn State on the first week I could take an official,” Teske told the Des Moines Register. “Once I stepped on campus, saw how they trained, and got around the guys, I fell in love. The time, the place, the money — everything was right. I’m ready to jump in and be a Nittany Lion.”
Teske’s commitment isn’t official until he signs his national letter of intent. His decision comes with one month before the early signing period gets underway for wrestling. The Nittany Lions now have seven listed in their recruiting class, with all of them being ranked in the top-35 in the country.
Teske is projected to compete at 125 pounds, which sets the Nittany Lions up nicely in the lower weights. He will join Gavin Teasdale and Roman Bravo-Young in the class of 2018, who are projected to wrestle at 125 and 133 pounds, respectively.
Teske is listed as the No. 34 recruit in the country in the class of 2018 according to FloWrestling. He is also No. 6 at 120 pounds.
He will have the opportunity to replace Nick Suriano, who recently transferred to Rutgers. Teske’s high school career mirrors that of his predecessor — hasn’t lost a match in 135 attempts and is a three-time state champion.
“Honestly, I’d like if Nick Suriano had stayed, because he would have been a great workout partner,” Teske said. “But he’s got to do what was best for him. The timing was right for me.”