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Three-Star Defensive Tackle Christian Colon Commits To Penn State

Make that commit No. 13 for James Franklin and the Penn State football program.

Franklin and his staff were able to lure three-star defensive tackle Christian Colon (Independence/Charlotte, NC) away from in-state schools Charlotte and UNC today, as the behemoth defensive tackle gave his verbal commitment to Penn State.

Colon gives the Nittany Lions a substantial upgrade in the run defense category, as the 6-foot-3, 309 pound monster will surely provide a boost for the Lions in the middle, eating up space and allowing fellow linemates to take advantage of one-on-one blocks. Colon joins fellow defensive linemen Michael Dwumfour — who announced his commitment to Penn State on Tuesday — and highly touted end Shane Simmons in Happy Valley, where all three could serve integral roles down the road for defensive coordinator Bob Shoop.

James Franklin has developed a knack for luring away top out-of-state talent from their respective in-state powers, while increasing the influence of Penn State’s brand along the East Coast. Thanks to that influence, Franklin and his staff have assembled a future defensive line consisting of three players from three different states — Maryland, New Jersey, and now, North Carolina.

Colon should be a valuable asset to Sean Spencer — the man who so avidly recruited him — as he looks to re-assemble Penn State’s dominant defensive line once Anthony Zettel and Austin Johnson graduate. Penn State may have just found its anchor in the trenches.

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David Abruzzese

David is a senior from Rochester, NY, nestled right in beautiful Western New York. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and as an avid sports fan, he passionately supports the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. He is the first Penn Stater from his family, and couldn’t be prouder to represent Penn State University. In his free time, he likes to alpine ski, and play golf. You can follow him on Twitter @abruz11, and can contact him via email at [email protected].

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