Monday, February 8, 2016

New Hampshire cornerback commits to Penn State

Jake Kiley, a defensive back from New Hampton (N.H.) School who can play several positions, has given an oral commitment to Penn State.

New Hampshire cornerback commits to Penn State

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Jake Kiley, a 6-foot-2, 173-pound defensive back from New Hampton (N.H.) School who can play several positions, has given an oral commitment to Penn State.

The decision Tuesday by Kiley gives the Nittany Lions a total of 13 commitments thus far to the freshman Class of 2012.

Kiley told ESPN.com that Penn State became his No. 1 school after his visit last fall to Happy Valley, which included the Lions' game against Michigan State.

"That was when I really got a taste of what Penn State is about," he told the web site. "What was important to me in the process was picking a school that was solid academically and athletically. Penn State has a great mixture of both."

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Connecticut, Boston College, Duke and Virginia also expressed interest in Kiley but had not offered him a scholarship. Kiley's other scholarship offer came from New Hampshire, a Football Championship Subdivision school, but he jumped at the Penn State offer when it came Monday night.

"It would have been crazy not to take the offer," he said.

Kiley plays quarterback and defensive back for New Hampton, which is coached by his father, Ed Kiley. He is more likely to play defensive back or wide receiver at Penn State, which told him he was being recruited as an "athlete."

--Joe Juliano

 

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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 30 years, covering covering Penn State football, Villanova basketball and other college sports, along with golf and the Penn Relays. This is his seventh season on The Inquirer’s Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976-84.

Joining Joe this season is Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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