Nov 17, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions helmet sits on the field prior to the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

4-star LB Josh Barajas commits to Penn State Nittany Lions over Notre Dame Fighting Irish


For the second time in two days, the Penn State Nittany Lions received a commitment from a highly touted prospect.

It was 4-star offensive guard Steven Gonzalez who gave his pledge to Penn State over the Ohio State Buckeyes, surprising many, on Saturday.

On Sunday, 4-star middle linebacker Josh Barajas committed to Penn State.

He was thought to be a Notre Dame lean.

“I was still debating,” Barajas told Steve Wiltfong of 24/7 Sports. “They were neck and neck the whole ride.”

In the end, head coach James Franklin and Penn State won out.

“I just felt comfortable,” he said. “The way the coaching staff just treated me. I feel like they’re going to do big, big things over there.”

The 6’3, 210-pound Barajas attends Andrean High School in Merrillville, Indiana. He is ranked as the fourth best inside linebacker prospect, the top overall prospect in the state of Indiana and the 148th best overall prospect in the class of 2015, according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.

Barajas had an impressive offer list that also included the Ohio State Buckeyes and Oregon Ducks, among many others.

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