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Four-Star Offensive Guard C.J. Thorpe Commits To Nittany Lions

The Blue-White game has long been a staple for recruiting commitments, and this year’s isn’t unlike any other. Offensive lineman C.J. Thorpe (Pittsburgh, PA) has pulled the trigger for the Nittany Lions, adding another four-star recruit to the 2017 class. Thorpe’s father, Chris Thorpe, played for Penn State in the late 80s under Joe Paterno. And now the youngest Thorpe will follow in his father’s footsteps, picking Penn State over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, and Pittsburgh.

Thorpe’s position along the offensive line still remains in question, but the Pittsburgh native should give the Nittany Lions versatility. While he doesn’t have the prerequisite height at 6-foot-3 to play tackle, Thorpe has extremely long arms which allow him to play much longer than his height would indicate. Still, his best position is probably at guard. Thorpe’s a naturally powerful kid who dominates as a run blocker thanks to his natural, brute strength. Like most high school lineman, he’ll need some help with his technique, but the pieces are there to become a multi-year starter on the offensive line.

Welcome to Happy Valley, C.J.!

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Patrick Koerbler

Patrick Koerbler is a senior Journalism major/History minor from the mean streets of Palmerton, PA. His career goals include becoming the Director of Public Relations for the New York Yankees, and co-hosting a Penn State football podcast with Matt McGloin. Patrick is also a ledge, his interests include sandwiches, and his best friend is Andrew Wiggins. For more fun, you can follow him on Twitter -- @GoodDudePat -- or contact him via email at [email protected] Go Sixers.

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