Monday, February 8, 2016

Penn State gets oral commitment from New Jersey linebacker

Penn State continued a brisk recruiting period by receiving an oral commitment for 2014 from linebacker Jason Cabinda of Flemington, N.J.

Penn State gets oral commitment from New Jersey linebacker

Penn State head coach Bill O´Brien. (Nabil K. Mark/Centre Daily Times/AP)
Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien. (Nabil K. Mark/Centre Daily Times/AP)

Penn State picked up its third oral commitment from a high school football player in less than a week, receiving word from linebacker Jason Cabinda of Flemington, N.J., that he wanted to play college football with the Nittany Lions, according to reports Wednesday on recruiting web sites.

Cabinda joined running back Johnathan Thomas of Danvers, Mass., as recruits who committed elsewhere and then changed to Penn State. Thomas, who committed on Sunday night, had initially pledged to Maryland while Cabinda switched from Syracuse.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Cabinda, who plays at Hunterdon Central High School, is rated three stars by and two stars by He is the 15th high school player to commit to Penn State and the second linebacker.

Tight end Mike Gesicki of Manahawkin, N.J., gave an oral commitment last Thursday to the Nittany Lions, choosing them over Ohio State. Like Cabinda and Thomas, Gesicki was at Beaver Stadium to watch Penn State’s four-overtime win over Michigan on Oct. 12.

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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.

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