While playing in Sunday's Under Armour All-American Game, 2017 LB prospect Nathan Proctor announced his commitment to Virginia Tech over Penn State as well as the other 28 schools that offered him.
The commitment was expected, but is by no means the end of Proctor's recruitment journey. As of now, according to Sean Fitz of Lions247, he still plans on taking official visits to Penn State and Pitt, the third finalist for his commitment today, on consecutive weekends in the month leading up to National Signing Day, which takes place on February 1.
With the 18 commitments that Penn State already has in its 2017 class, there is not a whole lot of wiggle room on the Nittany Lion roster for pledges from this cycle. With regards to the linebacking pickups, Penn State already has two outside linebackers (where Proctor would play in college) in this year's class in Brelin Faison-Walden and Brailyn Franklin in addition to ILB prospect Dylan Rivers. The position is also stacked with young talent on the roster already with Manny Bowen and Cam Brown, who saw run this year, and Shane Simmons who redshirted as a freshman in 2016.
Roster spots and slots in the '17 class could always become available in the weeks after the season concludes due to attrition and transfers out of the program, which would lead to room for the four-star prospect. Penn State's Rivals recruiting expert Ryan Snyder hinted to as much soon after Proctor's commitment.
As expected, Nathan Proctor has committed to Va Tech. However, this isnt done quite yet. Ill leave it at that.— Ryan Snyder (@RivalsSnyder) January 1, 2017
For now, Penn State sits in a holding pattern and will look to make an impression when the Hokies' newest pledge comes to Happy Valley on January 20th.