Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:44 pm
By MaxPreps' Stephen Spiewak
Garrett Sickels, a 6-foot-4 defensive end from Red Bank Regional (Little Silver, N.J.), committed to Penn State Sunday evening, according to head coach Nick Giglio.
Sickels chose Penn State over a host of other offers including Alabama, Tennessee and Notre Dame.
According to Giglio, a formal announcement will be made on Thursday at Red Bank Regional.
Sickels helped the Central Jersey school to a 5-5 record this past season, making 76 tackles and 10 sacks. He has drawn comparisons to former Florida Gator and current New York Giant Justin Trattou, who starred at Don Bosco Prep.
With Sickels' commitment, two of the top recruits from New Jersey are already off the board, as Eastern Regional defensive back Eli Woodard committed to Ohio State last month.
Defensive tackle Greg Webb and defensive ends Tashawn Bower and Alquadin Muhammad are all receiving national interest but have yet to narrow their choices.
Penn State head coach continues to recruit well, landing early commitments seemingly at a much higher rate than his predecessor. In addition to Sickels, he's gained verbal commitments from defensive back Ross Douglas and quarterback Christian Hackenberg.
Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:16 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Given all that went on, not much was expected with Penn State's class of 2012. Expectations have been turned up with the 2013 class however and it looks as though the Nittany Lions have gotten off to a good start, scoring their first commitments on Wednesday from Fork Union (Va.) quarterback Christian Hackenberg and Avon (Ohio) defensive back Ross Douglas.
“Just Penn State itself sealed the deal,” Douglas, right, told 247Sports. “Just the place and tradition and coaching staff set themselves apart from everywhere else."
Hackenberg, one of the East Coast's top signal callers, held offers from Alabama, Florida, Stanford and plenty of other schools. The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder was the first commitment for Penn State and new head coach Bill O'Brien in the upcoming class and looks like the centerpiece of a big push on the recruiting trail over the next few weeks.
Last season as a junior, Hackenberg passed for over 2,100 yards and 20 touchdowns. Douglas starred as a running back last year but will wind up on the other side of the ball in college.