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Penn State’s “dominating” recruiting since arrival of Franklin apparently continues


A day after a Rivals 4-star recruit announced on Twitter he was making a verbal commitment to Penn State, another followed suit Sunday.


Joining California safety/linebacker/athlete Koa Farmer was New Jersey receiver Saeed Blacknall, who “flipped” from his commitment to Rutgers. Blacknall, as “the kids do nowadays,” used social media to alert the world of his decision.


These were Tweets on his Twitter page Sunday night:



(That final link is an Instagram photo of Blacknall on the field of Beaver Stadium during his official visit last week).


And, this being 2014, we got something of a “confirmation” from Penn State’s coaches via Twitter. NCAA regulations forbid coaches from speaking publicly about any specific prospects. But references to “Jersey” and “Big One” (one prominent scouting service, 247, ranks him as PSU’s top verbal commitment of the class) are among the reaction from head coach James Franklin and assistants Josh Gattis (the wide receivers coach and offensive recruiting coordinator who would have been prominent in recruiting Blacknall) and running backs coach Charles Huff.


Blacknall is the fourth receiver among the 23-player class, joining fellow Rivals four-star prospects De’Andre Thompkins (who’s already enrolled) and Chris Godwin and three-star Troy Apke. Apke, of Mt. Lebanon, might be moved to defense, however.


Blacknall also is Penn State’s fourth commitment to the 2014 class who is from New Jersey, including three of Rivals’ top 14 from NJ. Dominate that state?




(Note: This news means I’ll postpone posting the promised “quotables” from Nittany Lions’ assistant coaches until later Monday. Have a good one)


Author: Chris Adamski

Chris Adamski has been tirelessly working in Pittsburgh sports media for more than 12 years. He has extensively covered the Steelers, Pirates, Penguins, Pitt, Duquesne and the WPIAL and been a fixture at the biggest events in town over that time -- two Stanley Cup Finals, two AFC Championship games, the 2006 MLB All-Star Game and the 2011 NHL Winter Classic, just to name a few. Chris has been the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Penn State football beat writer since the start of the 2013 season. His primary offseason responsibility is assisting in the Trib's Penguins hockey coverage.

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