Wood's Cooper and Great Valley's Buchholz commit to Nittany Lions

Two of Southeastern Pennsylvania's top football prospects in the Class of 2015 committed Monday afternoon to play at Penn State.

Archbishop Wood linebacker Jake Cooper and Great Valley defensive end Ryan Buchholz pledged to new head coach James Franklin and the Nittany Lions during a visit to State College.

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Archbishop Wood linebacker Jake Cooper joined teammate and fellow junior Ryan Bates, an offensive tackle, in committing to play at Penn State.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Cooper, a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, also had scholarship offers from Boston College, Duke, Northwestern, and Temple, among others.

In Wood's drive to its second state crown last season, Cooper, who visited Duke over the weekend, earned Inquirer first-team all-Southeastern Pennsylvania honors.

The 6-5, 235-pound Buchholz, who can also play defensive tackle, played a key role in Great Valley's 8-3 showing last season. He had 10-plus scholarship offers, including from Duke, Maryland, and Virginia.

Earlier this month, Wood's Ryan Bates, a 6-5, 280-pound junior offensive tackle, committed to Penn State.

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