Penn State picked up the first verbal commitment of the Bill O’Brien era on Monday night when Class of 2012 Worchester (Mass.) Academy defensive back Jordan Lucas chose Penn State, according to Lions 247’s Sean Fitz.
Lucas was set to sign on the dotted line with Temple, and start classes Monday as a mid-season enrollee. But Penn State reinitiated contact with Lucas last week, telling him a scholarship offer would come Monday and convincing him to come to Happy valley instead of Temple.
The 6-foot, 176-pound safety is rated a three-star prospect by Scout and 247 Sports. The new Nittany Lion had this to say about why he picked Penn State.
“They came, we had a good meeting with Coach Roof, Coach Butler and Coach Vanderlinden. They sat down with my head coach after they got the academic part squared away,” he said. “They let me know that I had an offer. They knew I was going to commit before they offered, so they were happy to hear the news.”
Lucas joins four-star-rated prospect Armani Reeves as the second defensive backfield recruit in the Class of 2012. Reeves has been entertaining other schools since former coach Joe Paterno’s firing on Nov. 9 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
This is what Lucas is like in action: