UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State’s 2017 recruiting class picked up its first member this afternoon when four-star Ohio quarterback Sean Clifford gave Penn State his verbal pledge.
Clifford, from Cincinnati’s St. Xavier High School, chose Penn State over scholarship offers from Michigan State, Kentucky, Louisville, Pittsburgh and West Virginia, among others. Clifford, a pro-style passer, earned his Penn State scholarship offer in June after participating at one of Penn State’s prospect camps.
James Franklin said during the coaches caravan in May that ideally Penn State would have five scholarship quarterbacks on the roster in the future. By the time Clifford would enroll in 2017, starter Christian Hackenberg, a junior, would no longer be on the team, leaving the competition up to scholarship quarterbacks Trace McSorley, Tommy Stevens, Jake Zembiec and Clifford. Zembiec, a member of the 2016 recruiting class, competed in the Elite 11 quarterback showcase in Oregon last week.
Penn State could snag two quarterbacks in either the 2016 or 2017 class if desired, though at this point in the 2016 cycle it could be difficult to land a quarterback since they are usually among the first to commit to teams.
Clifford, the 6-foot-2, 197-pound prospect, will now have the ability to help recruit other members of the 2017 class, giving him a hand in helping to shape the future of the roster. One of Clifford’s teammates, guard Matt Bockhorst, also visited Penn State with Clifford in June and holds an offer as well.
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