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The verbal commitments for Penn State's 2016 football recruiting class aren't even binding yet, but that hasn't stopped the Nittany Lions and Coach James Franklin from bagging their first verbal commitment for their 2017 class.

And it reportedly is a big catch.

Quarterback Sean Clifford from St. Xavier in Cincinnati made his choice on Monday.

According to Cincinnati.com, the 6-foot, 4-inch, 205-pounder also had offers from Cincinnati, West Virginia, Boston College, Missouri, Louisville, Pitt, Akron and Toledo. Rivals.com said Northwestern and Kentucky also offered him.

Clifford threw for 832 yards and nine touchdowns last season for St. Xavier (10-3). He rushed for 314 yards and two TDs.

Clifford is ranked as a four-star recruit, on a five-star scale, by 247Sports' composite rankings.

"It just felt right," Clifford told PennLive.com. "The coaching staff just fit me. That was the one school that really impressed me and I'm just excited about committing. I'm committed, I'm 100 percent. I'm a Nittany Lion forever."