Penn State added another commit to its 2018 recruiting class during the Under Armour All-America Game on Thursday night as four-star defensive end Jayson Oweh chose Penn State over Ohio State.
— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) January 5, 2018
Oweh is the fifth-ranked strong-side defensive end this cycle and the nation’s 97th overall prospect, according to 247Sports, despite never playing football before 2016. His stock skyrocketed last spring as college programs across the country began to recognize his potential as a 6’5”, 240 lb. defensive end. Oweh garnered nearly 30 offers during the recruiting process, but narrowed his focus to the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes this fall.
He was a “silent signee” during the early window on Dec. 22, but elected to wait before announcing his decision. Otherwise, Penn State couldn’t have welcomed him to the program via Twitter until February.
The Blair Academy (NJ) star is the first true defensive end to join James Franklin’s group of incoming freshmen, a bunch that already included 21 signees and three-star commit Shaquon Anderson-Butts. Five-star Micah Parsons will begin his career at middle linebacker this spring but could eventually return to his natural spot of defensive end.
Before Oweh committed, Penn State was ranked as the fourth-best recruiting class in the nation.