Penn State able to flip Indiana commit, heavily-recruited DE
Rodney McGraw had been committed to Indiana for over three months, but he had a change of heart when the calendar turned to May. The three-star defensive end is headed to State College.
Sunday, Penn State received a verbal commitment from McGraw, who opted to flip from IU. The Indiana native is a 6-foot-5, 225-pound weak-side defensive end who is listed just outside the top 400 athletes in the 2021 class. He becomes the 11th member of the Nittany Lions’ class.
“I want to thank Coach Allen and Indiana University for the opportunity. Recent events have lead me to reevaluate my opportunities and take a closer look at some great programs,” McGraw wrote on Twitter. “Than you to my teammates and coaches for helping me reach this point. The best choice for me is clear! I’m officially committed to Penn State. Thank you to Coach Franklin for the opportunity to play in front of the best fans in college football! Recruitment officially shut down!”
Thank you to @coachjfranklin for the opportunity of a lifetime! I can't wait to join @PennStateFball #WeAre pic.twitter.com/CemIu0aKCv
— Rodney ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@RodNey5161) May 3, 2020
McGraw ranks as the No. 409 player in the 2021 class, per 247Sports. He’s also listed as the No. 26 weak-side defensive end and the No. 7 player out of the state of Indiana. Until his decommitment from IU, he had been the second-highest rated commit in the Hoosiers’ class.
With the commitment, Penn State gets a slight bump in the latest recruiting rankings, sitting at 13th nationally and fifth in the B1G. The Nittany Lions had previously ranked 16th nationally.
Indiana is now down to five members in its 2021 class, sitting 51st nationally and 13th in the B1G.