Penn State may finally be out of its recruiting funk for good.
Three-star West Virginia athlete Derrek Pitts committed to the Nittany Lions on Wednesday. He’s the No. 2 player in the state and No. 29 athlete in the class of 2017, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
— Allan Taylor (@AllanTaylorWVU) July 27, 2016
Pitts picked Penn State over West Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee and Florida, but had the Mountaineers and Nittany Lions highest on his list. He plays running back and defensive back for South Charleston high school, but has been recruited primarily on defense.
Scout.com’s Brian Dohn wrote that Pitts is a physical defensive back who could develop into an outside linebacker in college. 247Sports lists him at 6-foot-1 and 174 pounds.
Check out his high school highlights here.
Pitts received an invite to “The Opening” in Oregon earlier this month, Nike’s premier summer camp that features more than 160 of the top prospects in the nation.
Pitts is the 11th commit in Penn State’s 2017 class and its third in the last week. Prior to verbals from 3-star OLB Brelin Faison-Walden last Tuesday and 4-star safety Jonathan Sutherland on Sunday, James Franklin’s staff hadn’t gotten a commitment since April.
With Pitts’s commitment, the Nittany Lions have the 31st-ranked class in the country and ninth in the Big Ten.
Four-star QB commit Sean Clifford expressed his excitement on Twitter shortly after.
— Sean Clifford (@seancliff13) July 27, 2016