Penn State has scored a big recruiting win with a commitment from Jamari Buddin. The reason this is such a big win, besides securing a commitment from a four-star prospect, is that James Franklin and staff went into the state of Michigan for this one.
Jamari Buddin Makes Commitment to Penn State
As mentioned, the Nittany Lions went into Michigan for this one. In a division that’s as competitive as the Big Ten East, being able to go into another state in your division and get a quality player is a big win.
In the 247Sports composite rankings Buddin is ranked 305th nationally, and 20th at outside linebacker.
When flipping on the film of Buddin that main thing that sticks out is how well he’s able to take on blockers. Part of his ability to do that is due to speed around the edge, but he also does a good job of using his hands to stay off blockers. That’s extra impressive, considering he’s been playing in the low-200s weight-wise. Once he adds weight, that ability in run defense should get even better.
Looking at Penn State’s Class
The Nittany Lions don’t have the number of commits that some programs around them have. However, on a per commit basis, they are higher ranked than their overall ranking states, which is 24th nationally following this commitment from Jamari Buddin.
Out of 13 commits for Penn State, they now have six four-stars. This is also a continuation of the Nittany Lions recruiting linebacker as well as pretty much anyone in college football.
Expect Penn State to land some more big-time prospects in this years class and end up right around where they normally have under Franklin, which will be around 10-15, with the exception of their 2018 class, which finished sixth nationally.
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