Penn State football team lands another top-tier 2019 linebacker recruit

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James Franklin and the Nittany Lions nabbed yet another top-tier linebacker.

Penn State head coach James Franklin has landed another top-tier linebacker recruit. AP FILE PHOTO

Four-star prospect Lance Dixon verbally committed to Penn State on Sunday afternoon, becoming the 10th member of a vaunted 2019 recruiting class. Dixon announced his decision at The Opening Finals in Dallas, the nation's biggest camp for elite recruits put on by Nike.

Dixon's commitment comes a little more than a month after five-star Brandon Smith picked the Nittany Lions. They form a formidable duo, as Smith ranks second among 2019 middle linebackers and Dixon is the No. 16 outside linebacker in the country, per 247 Sports' composite rankings.

Dixon, a Michigan native, held offers from 27 schools — including Michigan, Notre Dame and Texas A&M — and ultimately decided between Penn State, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin. Despite an official visit to Madison on June 15, the 6-foot-3, 201-pound prospect went with defensive coordinator Brent Pry and the Nittany Lions.

PSU's 2019 recruiting class is ranked No. 21 in the nation by