It was a huge weekend for head coach James Franklin and the Penn State Nittany Lions.
Franklin landed commitments from 4-star offensive tackle Ryan Bates, 4-star defensive end Kamonte Carter and 2-star safety Jarvis Miller.
The 6’5, 280-pound Bates attends Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster, Pennsylvania and is the highest-rated of the trio. He is considered the 15th best offensive tackle prospect and 166th best overall prospect in the class of 2015, according to 24/7 Sports composite rankings.
“There isn’t a place I’d rather be than Penn State,” Bates told 24/7 Sports in a text message. “Glad to be part of the family!”
Carter, a 6’4, 235-pounds, is ranked as an athlete, but projects as a defensive end. He attends Gaithersburg High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland and is considered the 22nd best athlete prospect and the 223rd best overall prospect in the class of 2015.
“I committed because it has everything I’m looking for in a school – academics, good football and I love the energy,” Carter told 24/7 Sports.
Miller is 6’2 and 180 pounds and plays both wide receiver and safety, but will likely play defense in college. He attends Windsor Locks High School in Suffield, Connecticut and is considered the 80th best safety prospect and 1,137th best overall prospect in the class of 2015.
“I just committed, I’m pretty excited,” Miller told 24/7 Sports. “They offered today. They pulled me aside and offered right there. It just felt right. It was the right college. The atmosphere, the coaches, it was a family atmosphere. I really feel good about Penn State and they’re a program on the rise.
“Most definitely this was the right pick. This was home.”
These are Penn State’s first three 2015 commitments.