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Penn State Football: Nittany Lions Add To 2015 And 2016 Classes With Commits

by on February 01, 2015 8:00 AM

With National Signing Day only a few days away, Penn State's football program continues to get good recruiting news with two more verbal commitments joining the fold on Saturday.

The first, four-star defensive back Lavert Hill, will be a member of the 2016 recruiting haul. He's expected to sign on the dotted line in just over a year.

Hill, a 5-foot-11, 170 pound defensive back will give Penn State more strength in an already talented defensive grouping and secondary.

Rivals.com ranks Hill, as the No. 19 cornerback in the nation, as well as the sixth best prospect in the state of Michigan. Hill had offers from plenty of schools including Miami, Ohio State, Tennessee Michigan and Illinois.

Hill joins quarterback Jake Zembiec, running back Miles Sanders, and five-star defensive end Shane Simmons in Franklin’s 2016 recruiting class.

Secondly, Penn State added the commitment of three-star safety and Pittsburgh native John Petrishen. He becomes the 24th recruit of the 2015 class.

Petrishen is rated the No. 21 prospect in Pennsylvania, according to 247. He held offers from the likes of Northwestern, Virginia, West Virginia, and Pittsburgh.

Weighing in at 6-foot-2, 197 pounds, the Central Catholic product runs a 4.46 40-yard dash, according to his Hudl page.

With 24 commitments, Penn State’s 2015 recruiting class is now just one shy of the full allotment of 25. The 2015 class is ranked as No. 13 class in the nation by 247, and second only to Ohio State in the Big Ten.

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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