Penn State head coach James Franklin‘s transition to Happy Valley from Vanderbilt has been a nice jolt to the Nittany Lions program, especially in the class of 2014. But he has the program recruiting well in the 2015 class as he and his coaching staff were able to reel in the first three commitments for this year’s class over the weekend at their annual Junior Day events.
The Nittany Lions were able to land four-star athlete Kamonte Carter who chose Penn State over Kentucky and Maryland. Carter ranks as the 22nd best athlete in the country and No. 6 overall player from the state of Maryland. Although listed as an athlete, at 6-foot-4, 235-pounds, Carter projects to possibly line up at defensive end for the Nittany Lions when he enrolls.
The Nittany Lions also grabbed another four-star prospect in offensive lineman Ryan Bates. Bates chose Penn State over Auburn, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State as the 6-foot-4, 280-pound Pennsylvania native decided to stay in state and play his college ball at home.
Bates is a very lean and athletic offensive lineman who projects as an offensive tackle at the next level. Bates runs a 4.9 40-yard dash and is rated as the No. 15 offensive tackle in the nation as well as the third best player in the state of Pennsylvania.
Penn State’s third commitment of the weekend came from an underrated two-star recruit. Athlete Jarvis Miller, who plays both safety and wide receiver, pledged to the Nittany Lions on Saturday as well as he was offered the same day and jumped on the opportunity.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder runs a 4.6 40-yard dash and projects as a safety for the Nittany Lions. Miller is ranked as the fourth best player in the state of Connecticut for the class of 2015.
Penn State, which previously had zero commitments for the 2015 class, now ranks 23rd in the nation and fifth in the Big 10 with the verbal pledges of Carter, Bates and Miller.
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