Penn State football team gets good recruiting news

Centre Daily Times (TNS)
  • Offensive tackle Desmond Holmes committed to PSU on Sunday for the Class of 2017.
  • Wideout Justin Shorter committed to PSU on Saturday for the Class of 2018.
  • PSU now has 14 recruits in its Class of 2017 and three recruits for its Class of 2018.

It took less than 24 hours for 2017 offensive tackle Desmond Holmes to decide he wanted to play football at Penn State.

Penn State coach James Franklin released his team's depth chart heading into Saturday's opener vs. Kent State.

According to recruiting site 247 Sports, Holmes visited the Nittany Lions on Saturday for the first time. On Sunday, Holmes announced his verbal pledge on Twitter.

“First off, I’d like to thank God for putting me in the blessed situation I’m in,” tweeted Holmes. “Without him, none of this would be possible. I would like to thank all the schools that recruited me and gave me and scholarship. I’d also like to thank my family and coaching staff.

“With that being said, I am very excited to say that I am committed to Penn State University!”

The 6-foot-5, 325-pound Holmes, a Pennsylvania native, is the 14th member of the commitment Class of 2017, and picked Penn State over Pittsburgh and Maryland. The class has three other offensive line prospects in Mike Miranda, Rob Martin and C.J. Thorpe.

Head coach James Franklin said earlier this summer that the class will contain between 17 and 21 members.

Addition to class of 2018: A dynamic young receiver has added his name to Penn State’s commitment Class of 2018.

Justin Shorter, a four-star prospect from New Jersey, announced his pledge to the Nittany Lions on Saturday morning via Twitter. Shorter picked Penn State over Michigan, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Miami. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Monmouth Junction product averaged almost 19 yards per catch last season and helped his team to an 11-1 record and the NJSIAA Central Group 5 State Championship.

“I feel a very strong connection with Penn State and how they want everyone to succeed on and off the field,” he wrote on Twitter. Shorter hopes to study engineering in college.

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His commitment expanded the 2018 class to three members. He joins five-star defensive end Micah Parsons and four-star offensive lineman Chris Bleich.