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Do Work Franklin: Penn State Lands Recruits Koa Farmer and Jorge Powell

The newly formed Penn State football coaching staff wasted no time getting to work as the team landed two players on Saturday in the form of four-star athlete Koa Farmer and three-star kicker Jorge Powell. Farmer posted on Instagram this evening confirming his commitment:

The journey is done! First I want to thank California-Berkeley for the great and outstanding opportunity. It has been a long and powerful journey! I am blessed to announce that I will be ending the recruiting process and attend PENN STATE UNIVERSITY were I will become DR. FARMER and fulfill my dream of becoming a P.H.D in Pathology! We Penn State are on the rise. We are going to win the Rose Bowl. We are going to win a national championship. All I can say now is#WEARE #PENNSTATE

Farmer is a big get for the team as the high school quarterback, receiver, and safety was originally committed to Cal. James Franklin had recruited Farmer at Vanderbilt but he had minimal interest in joining the Commodores. Farmer reportedly got an offer from Penn State last week and was on campus this weekend visiting before he decided to switch his commitment from Cal to join the Nittany Lions.

Farmer hails from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California, making it all the more impressive that the staff was able to woo Farmer away from his home state and across the country. While it isn’t clear what position Farmer will be playing at the college level, he’ll likely spend most of his time on the field in the secondary as a defensive back. You can check out Farmer’s highlight reel here.

Along with the news of Farmer’s commitment comes three-star kicker Jorge Powell out of Belen Jesuit Prep in Miami, according to Rival’s Ryan Snyder. Powell had committed to Tulane before reopening his recruitment and eventually landing at Penn State. Powell will reportedly walk on, which is fairly standard for a kicker who isn’t highly sought after as a recruit. You can check out Powell’s highlight reel on Hudl.

While it isn’t official yet, it seems that Amani Oruwariye, a three-star cornerback from Gaither High School in Tampa, will also be coming to Penn State. Oruwariye was recruited strongly by Vanderbilt and had verbally committed to the Commodores before de-committing following Franklin’s departure from the program. He was on campus this weekend for a visit and retweeted a number of tweets welcoming him to Penn State this evening, indicating that he’ll likely be a Nittany Lion.

He also took a selfie at tonight’s hockey game vs. Boston College.

You can check out Oruwariye’s highlight reel below:

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Zach Berger

Zach Berger is a reporter and Onward State's Managing Editor Emeritus. You can find him at the Phyrst more nights than not. If he had to pick a last meal, Zach would go for a medium-rare New York strip steak with a side of garlic mashed potatoes and a cold BrewDog Punk IPA. You can reach him via e-mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at @theZachBerger.


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