James Franklin has made a big step toward replacing Allen Robinson and putting some weapons on the field for Christian Hackenberg to work with, as four-star wide receiver Saeed Blacknall, originally a Rutgers commit, flipped to the Nittany Lions after making an unofficial visit to Penn State last week. Blacknall had also received offers from Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, and Notre Dame in addition to 11 other schools.
Blacknall committed to his home state’s Scarlet Knights back in August, but he received an offer from Franklin’s staff on January 18 when he visited State College. He made another trip to Rutgers this weekend, but it seems that he left unimpressed by the school he once committed to as he tweeted on Sunday evening that he would be coming to Happy Valley.
I have officially committed to THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY #WeARE….
— Saeed RaaShad (@RaaShad_TTG) January 27, 2014
Blacknall played high school ball at Manalapan in Englishtown, NJ. He is ranked as the 21st best receiver in his class by 247sports.com and as the third best player out of his state. Blacknall had a great senior season, hauling in 52 passes for 707 yards and 15 touchdowns. He finished his high school career with 1,650 yards and 33 total touchdowns after spending three years playing varsity football at Manalapan.
Blacknall joins Chris Godwin, De’Andre Thompkins, and Troy Apke as the fourth receiver in the 2014 class. Mike Gesicki, the top tight end recruit in the country, will also be joining Hackenberg’s group of targets in the class.
It was a busy weekend for the football staff. Four-star athlete Koa Farmer and three-star kicker Jorge Powell both committed to Penn State yesterday.
Here are some highlights of Penn State’s newest offensive weapon: