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Penn State bags eighth commit for 2012

Penn State has received its eighth oral commitment for its recruiting Class of 2012.

Penn State bags eighth commit for 2012

Penn State has received its eighth oral commitment for its recruiting Class of 2012 with the addition of J.J. Denman, a 6-foot-7, 305-pound offensive tackle from Pennsbury High School in Bucks County.

Denman is rated as a four-star prospect by recruiting services Scout.com and Rivals.com. Scout rates him No. 18 among offensive tackles in the nation.

Denman reportedly also was offered by Pittsburgh, Michigan, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Miami (Fla.).

Of Penn State's first eight commitments for 2012, three are offensive linemen. Last week, the Nittany Lions heard from guard Brian Gaia, a 6-5, 285-pounder from Baltimore.

Denman is the second Philadelphia-area player to commit to Penn State. The other is Jamil Pollard, a 6-5, 280-pound defensive tackle from West Deptford High.

Other commitments received by the Nittany Lions for 2012 have come from offensive tackle Anthony Stanko of Warren, Ohio; linebacker Camren Williams of West Roxbury, Mass.; defensive end Brent Wilkerson of Hyattsville, Md.; tight end Jesse James of McKeesport, Pa.; and defensive tackle Jarren Jones of Rochester, N.Y.

--Joe Juliano

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer
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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer
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