Busy Day: Penn State lands commitments from two 4-star prospects, receives three total pledges on Friday
The commitments have been rolling in for James Franklin and Penn State this week. Friday was particularly busy, as the Nittany Lions received three verbal commitments before heading into the weekend.
Twins Kalen and Kobe King, as well as Zakee Wheatley, all gave verbal pledges to Penn State on Friday, bumping the program’s total number of commitments in the 2021 class to seven. The Nittany Lions also received a commitment from four-star safety Jaylen Reed on Thursay.
Wheatley was the highest-ranked prospect of the three to commit on Friday. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound athlete is a four-star recruit, and is ranked No. 308 overall in this cycle. The Severn, Maryland native is also listed as the No. 21 athlete in the class.
Landing the King brothers was another big-time accomplishment for Franklin and his staff, as both players were heavily recruited during this cycle. Kalen is a four-star cornerback and is listed as the No. 328 player overall in this cycle. He’s also ranked as one of the top 25 corners in the class.
Kobe is a three-star linebacker but is still listed as one of the top 500 prospects in the 2021 class. The inside linebacker ranks No. 452 overall and is the No. 20 inside linebacker, as well.
All three players committed to Penn State with an announcement on Twitter.
✞. Blessed To Be In This Position
Now It’s Time To Take The Next Step
C O M M I T T E D 💙
— 𝒦𝒶𝓁𝑒𝓃 𝒦𝒾𝓃𝑔 (@KalenKing21_) April 10, 2020
Home is where the heart is..
Blessed to be in the position i’m in..
C O M M I T T E D
— KOBE•KING⚜️ (@KobekingCTFB) April 10, 2020
— Zakee “Zigga” Wheatley🎸 (@ZakeeWheatley) April 10, 2020
Penn State’s 2021 recruiting class had been lacking in total prospects so far, with just three players committed until Thursday. Following the slew of pledges over the last two days, the Nittany Lions have received quite a bump in the rankings.
With seven pledges now, Penn State ranks 14th nationally and sixth in the B1G. Four of the players committed are four-star prospects.