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Four-Star Receiver KJ Hamler Commits To Penn State

KJ Hamler became Penn State’s third 2017 receiver commit Friday afternoon, picking the Nittany Lions over the likes of Michigan State, Oregon, and many others.

Standing 5-foot-9, the four-star Hamler projects as an electric slot receiver at the next level. He attended Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep, the alma mater of Rob Bolden and Allen Robinson, outside of Detroit before transferring to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. prior to his senior season.

Hamler went down with a torn ACL in a preseason game against Carol City, but remained high on James Franklin and position coach Josh Gattis’ board throughout the recruiting process. He took his official visit to University Park for the Temple game weekend in mid-September.

Hamler, who participated in Nike’s The Opening this summer, joins three-star verbals Mac Hippenhammer and Cameron Sullivan-Brown as Gattis’ next crop of talented receivers. Like most elite athletes in high school, Hamler has experience playing both ways, also spending time at cornerback. He’s considered the 309th-best prospect in America and the 44th-overall receiver this cycle, according to the 247Sports Composite.

Hamler’s pledge gives the Nittany Lions 16 commits in their 2017 recruiting class, which is up to No. 17 in the nation and third in the Big Ten, according to 247Sports. You can check out his Hudl highlight reel right here.

Welcome to Penn State, KJ!

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Ethan Kasales

Ethan’s a senior journalism major who grew up in Lemont, a few minutes from campus. When he’s not covering Penn State sports, you can usually find him golfing or teaching snowboarding at Tussey Mountain. Feel free to email him at [email protected]

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