Posted by Bryan Fischer
Although it was with heavy hearts, Penn State recruiting was productive over the weekend. In addition to landing three commitments, the Nittany Lions also snared a late night pledge from Buffalo (N.Y.) running back Akeel Lynch.
"I always had an admiration for Penn State growing up, so I just had to give it a chance and see it up close and personal," Lynch told Lions247. "It was a very great place."
The 6-foot, 205-pound back also held offers from Boston College, Duke, Iowa and others. It didn't appear that Penn State was a serious contender for Lynch's pledge until recently, with a visit over the weekend sealing the deal.
"Definitely like the direction they're headed in, and the coaching staff that they have there now," he said. "Also what Joe Paterno built there will never be destroyed, only added on to."
Lynch becomes the 18th commitment for Penn State's class of 2012. He rushed for over 2,100 yards and had nearly 25 total touchdowns last season as a senior.
"He brings good size, speed, balance, and vision to the recruiting table," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He excels at running between the tackles but can also flash the outside speed the scouts are looking for."