Ex-Penn State commit, elite 2022 TE announces new destination
A former commit for the Nittany Lions has announced his new decision for his college destination.
Four-star prospect Holden Staes who was previously committed to Penn State for the class of 2022 announced Saturday that he was committing to Notre Dame. Staes was committed to the Nittany Lions but announced his decision to decommit in February.
I seen my chance and that's when I grabbed it… COMMITTED @Hayesfawcett3 @CoachJ_Mc @T_Rees11 @CoachBrianKelly @NDFootball @ChadSimmons_ @Mansell247 @RecruitGeorgia @Wildcatfbatl pic.twitter.com/vYdciOQQ78
— Holden Staes (@Hstaes13) May 8, 2021
According to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings, Staes is the No. 10 TE prospect for 2022. He is also the No. 25 prospect out of the state of Georgia and a top-300 recruit nationally for the cycle.
Staes’ decision to commit to the Fighting Irish is interesting and also carries some other Penn State connections. The current tight end coach for Notre Dame is John McNulty, a former walk-on safety for the Nittany Lions during the late 80s and early 90s. McNulty also spent the 2019 season at Penn State as an offensive analyst for James Franklin’s squad and previously served as an OC under Chris Ash at Rutgers.
While losing Staes’ commitment is not great, Penn State still holds a commitment from four-star TE Jerry Cross for the 2022 cycle. Cross is rated the No. 8 TE and No. 218 overall prospect nationally by the composite rankings.