STATE COLLEGE - Penn State landed a 12th commitment in its 2015 recruiting class, and it pushed the Nittany Lions to the top of the three major recruiting rankings.

Adam McLean, a four-star defensive lineman from Gaithersburg, Md., told Penn State coaches during an official visit Saturday that he will play for the Lions.

McLean's commitment helped Penn State move past Alabama and Texas A&M and rise to No. 1 Saturday in the recruiting rankings by Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports.

He chose the Lions over offers from Alabama, A&M, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Tennessee and eight other Big Ten schools, including Michigan State and Ohio State.

McLean, who's listed between 6-1, 282 pounds, and 6-2, 290 pounds, plays for Quince Orchard High School. Rivals ranks him as the No. 1 prospect in Maryland and the 108th prospect overall in the nation.

He's the eighth four-star player in Penn State's class, according to Rivals.

Lions go to Wildcat: Penn State coach James Franklin said the Wildcat formation will be part of the offense in the fall.

The Nittany Lions used it several times in the Blue-White Game, including a 1-yard touchdown run by running back Cole Chiappialle. They haven't used it since the 2012 TicketCity Bowl when Tom Bradley served as interim coach.


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"That will be part of our offense," Franklin said. "How much? I'm not sure. It depends on how camp goes. We'll probably limit how much we run (Christian) Hackenberg, so a way to get that package into your offense is to do it out of the Wildcat.

"I think it makes sense. We've had a lot of success with it in the past."

Sideline watchers: Six front-line Penn State players watched the Blue-White Game from the sideline Saturday.

Miles Dieffenbach, a two-year starter at guard, missed most of spring practice with a serious knee injury, according to multiple reports.

Offensive tackle Andrew Nelson (leg), tight end Adam Breneman (leg) and linebacker Nyeem Wartman (ankle) have minor injuries.

Running back Zach Zwinak, who suffered a broken wrist in last year's Blue-White Game, and linebacker Ben Kline, who has had shoulder injuries, also did not play. Kline is a Dallastown High School graduate.

Early enrollees in action: The five players who enrolled in January participated in the Blue-White Game.

For the Blue, quarterback Michael O'Connor saw extensive action, completing 11-of-16 passes for 81 yards. Wide receiver DeAndre Thompkins caught one pass for 8 yards and ran one time for 22 yards.

For the White, made up of second-teamers and third-teamers, defensive tackle Tarnow Barney, a junior college transfer, had two tackles, including a sack. Defensive tackle Antoine White and offensive tackle Chaz Wright also played.

Award winners: Guard Brian Gaia, who moved from defensive tackle at the start of spring practice, received the Red Worrell Award as the team's most improved offensive player.

Defensive tackle Anthony Zettel, who moved from end, won the Jim O'Hora Award as the team's most improved defensive player.

Defensive end Deion Barnes was named the winner of the Frank Patrick Total Commitment Award, which goes to a junior or juniors.

And kicker Sam Ficken received the new Coaches Special Team Award.

Nittany lines: The Blue team, made up of first-teamers and second-teamers, not surprisingly held the White to 50 total yards, including minus-25 rushing yards. Several starters saw limited action, including quarterback Christian Hackenberg and running backs Bill Belton and Akeel Lynch. Hackenberg was 4-for-10 passing for 43 yards; Belton ran once for 1 yard; and Lynch had 9 yards on 4 carries. ... The crowd on the gorgeous afternoon was estimated at 72,000, the third-largest in Blue-White history.