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States like New Hampshire are often overlooked by college recruiters scouring the northeast. With a population of a little over 1.3 million (barely 14.5% of the population of New York City), the talent pool in …

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Make it Four: Jesse James picks Penn State

Submitted by on March 28, 2011No Comment

6’8″, 246 lb junior tight end prospect out of McKeesport’s South Allegheny, Jesse James committed to Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions today. Jame’s decision marks the fourth overall commit in the Class of 2012 and the 2nd tight end verbal for Penn State joining Brent Wilkerson of DeMatha High in Hyattsville, Md who also pulled the trigger for the Nittany Lions over the weekend.

James was part of the large contingent of juniors on campus this past weekend when he received his verbal offer. And it didn’t take long before he decided Happy Valley was the place for him committing to defensive assistant coach Tom Bradley and tight ends coach Bill Kenney who were responsible for his recruitment this morning.

Some have projected the 6’8″, 246 lb recruit to play on either the offensive side or as defensive end, both positions James has experience in playing for the South Allegheny Gladiators. He is a two year starter at both tight end and defensive end for the Gladiators and excelled in both positions including being named to the 2010 all-class Century League team and earning 2nd team all-state recognition as an offensive lineman. As a tight end, he was South Allegheny’s leading receiver a year ago catching 34 passes for 463 yards. On the defensive side, he was a dominant pass rusher racking up 55 tackles, 18 behind the line of scrimmage including double-digit sacks during the South Allegheny’s 2-8 season a year ago.

James was garnering significant interest from a number of programs including Pitt, Toledo and Maryland, but decided to avoid drawing out the recruiting process and made his decision early. A decision that comes a day after participating in the Nike SPARQ Combine in his hometown Pittsburgh immediately after his visit to Penn State where he placed 3rd including a 40-yard dash of 4.88 seconds, 20-yard shuttle time of 4.5 seconds, and a vertical jump of 27.9 inches. He is also reported to bench 350 which, if accurate is impressive for a tight end recruit with his frame out of high school. It will be interesting to see if the coaching staff will keep James in the tight end position or allow him to bulk up for a possible position switch to the offensive line. Welcome aboard James!

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