Sunday, July 5, 2015

Penn State loses freshman class of 2015 linebacker to Notre Dame

Linebacker Josh Barajas, who committed to Penn State's recruiting class of 2015 last March, has changed his mind and has given an oral commitment to Notre Dame, several recruiting web sites reported.

Penn State loses freshman class of 2015 linebacker to Notre Dame

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New Penn State head football coach James Franklin. (York Daily Record/AP/Chris Dunn)
New Penn State head football coach James Franklin. (York Daily Record/AP/Chris Dunn)

Penn State’s highly regarded recruiting class of 2015 has lost one player with the decision by linebacker Josh Barajas to flip his commitment from the Nittany Lions to Notre Dame, several recruiting web sites reported Friday.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Barajas, a four-star recruit, is considered by 247Sports.com as the top recruit in Indiana and the No. 2 outside linebacker in the country.

Barajas, of Andrean, Ind., had committed to Penn State last March.

The loss of Barajas leaves the Nittany Lions with just one linebacker in the class, Jake Cooper of Archbishop Wood High School. They still have 15 players who have committed to the program.

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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.

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