Penn State lures LB recruit away from Syracuse
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 websites.
Cabinda and running back Johnathan Thomas of Danvers, Mass., are recruits who committed elsewhere and then changed to Penn State. Thomas, who committed Sunday night, initially had pledged to attend Maryland. Cabinda switched from Syracuse.
The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Cabinda, who plays at Hunterdon Central High School, has a three-star rating from Scout.com and two stars from Rivals.com. He is the 15th high school player to commit to Penn State and the second linebacker.
Tight end Mike Gesicki of Manahawkin, N.J., made 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.
The latest flurry has the Nittany Lions ranked from 25th to 28th as a team by four recruiting websites.
- Joe Juliano