After a months-long drought on the recruiting trail. James Franklin and his staff have picked up some steam, grabbing their second commitment this week, this time from four-star safety Jonathan Sutherland.
The Canadian-born safety had a number of other offers, including offers from Michigan, Wisconsin, and the University of Miami. Sutherland’s decision comes a week after attending the team’s annual “Lasch Bash,” which continues to be a very powerful recruiting tool for the team.
Sutherland ranks as the 23rd best safety in the country, and the 10th best player in Virginia according to the 24/7 composite. He is the second safety in the Nittany Lions’ 2017 recruiting class, after Brelin Faison-Walden committed on Wednesday. Sutherland’s commitment bumps Penn State to 30th in 24/7 Sports’ 2017 recruiting class ranking — not quite up to par with the top 20 classes James Franklin has brought to Happy Valley the past few years, though that number will likely improve as the year goes on.
After missing out on a safety in the 2016 recruiting class, Sutherland will be a welcome addition to the Nittany Lion secondary, with an opportunity to make an impact early. You can watch Sutherland’s highlight tape here.