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Four-Star Linebacker Jamari Buddin Commits To Penn State

After roughly two months of silence on the recruiting trail, Penn State added the 13th player to its 2021 recruiting class on Friday.

Belleville, Michigan native and four-star linebacker Jamari Buddin committed to James Franklin’s program over Minnesota and Michigan. He announced his decision with a video posted on his Twitter account.

Buddin is ranked as the ninth-best overall player from his home state and the 20th-best outside linebacker in the country, according to 247Sports. The talented defensive prospect received offers from in-state programs Michigan and Michigan State, among several other schools around the country.

Earlier this week he narrowed down his top four offers to Michigan State, Purdue, Minnesota, and of course Penn State.

The 6’2″, 210-pound outside linebacker is the fourth player from Michigan to commit to Penn State during this recruiting cycle. He joins four-star safety Jaylen Reed and twin brothers Kalen and Kobe King. The Nittany Lions have had continued success in the midwest region, especially in the Great Lakes State, and Buddin is just another indication of that momentum.

Buddin’s athleticism is an exciting prospect for “Linebacker U.” The big-time defensive prospect ran an impressive 4.39-second 40-yard dash at The Opening Regional in March 2019, and even played wide receiver during his junior season at Belleville High School. He was also a star basketball player this past winter.

The Nittany Lions now have two linebackers committed in this recruiting cycle in Buddin and fellow Michigan native Kobe King.

If you want to see what kind of plays Buddin could be making in Beaver Stadium during the next few seasons, check out his highlights from his junior season of high school football here.

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Will Pegler

Will is a junior majoring in digital and print journalism and is Onward State's sports editor. He is from Darien, Connecticut and is a lifelong Penn State football fan. He loves a good 80's comedy movie, Peaky Blinders, The Office, and the New York Yankees and Giants. You can catch some of his ridiculous sports takes on his Twitter @gritdude and yell at him on his email [email protected]

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