Penn State is closing the gap with Ohio State for the No. 1 spot in the 2022 college football recruiting rankings, solidifying its spot at No. 2 in the country with the commitment of four-star safety Cristian Driver. Driver, the son of former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver, chose the Nittany Lions over a group of finalists that included Oklahoma, Texas and Oregon live on Thursday afternoon on CBS Sports HQ.
Surrounded by family and friends what happens to be his birthday, Driver explained how he believes he can contribute on offense or defense at the next level and spent some time explaining how grateful he was to the high school coaches at Liberty Christian, the influence of his parents and more before unzipping a jacket to reveal a Penn State shirt underneath.
CBS Sports HQ's Chris Hassel pointed out that James Franklin was the wide receivers coach in Green Bay for Cristian's father for one season, and Cristian went on to describe a relationship that's gone back long before the recruiting process where Franklin believed in his abilities.
That family-forward connection was a key part of the decision for Driver.
Driver is a four-star safety out of Argyle, Texas, currently ranked as the No. 15 safety in the class of 2022 and one the top 40 prospects in Texas according to the 247Sports Composite. He played both wide receiver and safety early in his career but emerged as a first-team all-district pick at safety last season. Driver also competes in track and field, running in the 4x100 relay, the 100 meter dash, the long jump and the high jump.
Driver has been receiving offers from top programs since the fall of his freshman season, and he arrives here at his announcement date with a whopping total of 43 schools having offered a scholarship with most of the heavy-hitters accounted for on 247Sports' list. But only one school was getting a lot of momentum from the 247Sports Crystal Ball, and it's also the only school he officially visited in the month of June: Penn State.
Penn State has had a great week that started with the commitment of four-star cornerback Cam Miller (also on CBS Sports HQ) at the beginning of the week. They've separated themselves from No. 3 and No. 4 and are closing the gap with Ohio State, which is holding down the No. 1 spot in the 2022 class rankings.