It was a successful recruiting weekend in Happy Valley as Penn State hosted its verbal commits for the 2013 Class and received four additional commitments today in linebacker Zayd Issah, linebacker Jonathan Walton, defensive back Anthony Smith, and wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton. This news was first reported by freshman cornerback Jake Kiley on Twitter and later confirmed by several recruiting websites. Below is a bit more on each of the four future Nittany Lions:
Zayd Issah (pictured above)
A familiar face is back in the fold here. Issah originally committed to Penn State back on June 29th before opening up his recruitment again in late August. From Central Dauphin High School in Harrisburg, Issah played on both sides of the ball in high school but projects as an outside linebacker at the collegiate level. Listed at 6-3 220 lb, he is rated a 4 star recruit by Scout while Rivals and 247 Sports gives him 3 stars. Recruited by defensive line coach Larry Johnson Sr., he had over fifteen scholarship offers including one from Oregon.
Defensive coordinator Ted Roof used his southern connections to reel in this 6-2 228 lb. linebacker from Daphne, Alabama. Walton had offers from schools including Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, South Alabama, and Minnesota. 247 rates him as a 3 star recruit while Scout and Rivals both have him at 2 stars.
Smith does not have a rating from major recruiting sites but comes from Valley Forge Military Academy. The 6-1 186 lb. prospect from Wayne, Pennsylvania projects as a cornerback.
The first three commits came early in the afternoon, but the 6-0 182 lb. receiver was to follow suit at night choosing the Nittany Lions over the likes of Michigan State, Miami, Virginia Tech, and Illinois among others. Hamilton is a 3 star player and fills a previous void at the wide receiver position after Will Fuller decommitted over the summer.
Penn State’s 2013 class now stands at an impressive 17 total commits with almost two months remaining until National Signing Day. Four of those players are from the states of Alabama, Georgia, and Florida — an area the previous regime did not pursue often over the past decade.