Jayson Oweh is heading to Penn State. The 4-star defensive end announced his commitment to the Nittany Lions on Thursday night during the Under Armour All-American Game.
Oweh, rated as the No. 106 player in the 2018 class, picked Penn State over Ohio State.
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Oweh (6-foot-5, 235 pounds) is a big boost to Penn State’s class, which was ranked fourth in the country after the early signing period. Oweh is the 23rd commit in the Nittany Lions’ 2018 class, and is the 13th player rated as a 4- or 5-star player in the group.
A Blairstown, N.J. native, Oweh broke out as a big-time recruit over the last year. Penn State built a solid relationship with Oweh, who attended two Penn State home games in the fall and made a total of five visits to Happy Valley in 2017. He took his official visit to Ohio State on Sept. 9, when the Buckeyes lost to Oklahoma.
“Penn State was different because they won,” Oweh told Land of 10 before his commitment. “When I went to Ohio State, they didn’t win, so everything was kind of gloomy. But it was still great. I saw the business aspect of everything, and it really helped me understand what they can do for your future.”
Oweh fills a need for Penn State at defensive end. The Nittany Lions have Micah Parsons in their 2018 class, but the 5-star recruit is set to begin his college career at linebacker. Judge Culpepper, a 3-star recruit, is the only other defensive end in Penn State’s class.
Oweh should have a chance to make an impact on the field early in his Penn State career.
“His upside is just tremendous,” Oweh’s high school coach, Jim Saylor, told Land of 10. “He’s in a program where we get 10 hours of practice per week, and he has to practice offense and defense. When he gets to a college program and has three hours each day just to focus on defensive end, it’s going to be special. He’s like a flower that hasn’t even bloomed yet.”