You didn't think Pat Chambers would go a full recruiting class without landing one pledge from a Philadelphia-area prospect, did you? Penn State secured the late commitment of its first 2017 Philly recruit on Sunday night in Strath Haven power forward John Harrar. The news comes just two days after the Lions received a commitment from Florida point guard Jamari Wheeler, who announced his decision on Friday afternoon.
Excited to announce my commitment to Penn State pic.twitter.com/NPDmQjc9Me
— John Harrar (@jharrar18) April 30, 2017
Harrar was a late-bloomer in the recruiting game, even moreso than fellow 2017 commit Trent Buttrick. Previously committed to Army for football, the would-be tight end had an apparent change of heart and was spotted in University Park the day his hoops recruitment got back underway. Harrar was offered on the trip by Penn State and the athletic forward committed on Sunday night after the second evaluation period ended. The Nittany Lions were the only high-major program to offer Harrar a scholarship until UConn came in with an offer on Saturday, presumably after Kevin Ollie saw him suit up for Philly Pride on the Under Armour circuit.
The Harrar File
- Class: 2017
- Size: 6'8", 230lbs
- Pos: F
- School: Strath Haven (Wallingford, PA)
- AAU: Philly Pride
- Composite Rating: NR
- Composite Rank: NR
Harrar gives Penn State more of a traditional power forward presence than Buttrick, though he does have a respectable mid-range shot. From watching his highlight film (below), Harrar has a soft touch from the perimeter that could project to the three-point line and possesses the physicality you'd expect from a one-time Army football commit.
This commitment leaves Penn State with just one scholarship to fill for the upcoming 2017-18 season. Lafayette grad transfer Monty Boykins seems to be the prime target for that last spot. Harrar's commitment also gives the Nittany Lions the freedom to miss out on a post player in the class of 2018, should they fail to land Jake Forrester, Bryce Golden, Marcus Littles, or any other prospect they have been targeting.
Considering the players ahead of them on the depth chart - Lamar Stevens, Mike Watkins, Satchel Pierce and Julian Moore - signs point to either Harrar or Buttrick taking a redshirt season in 2017-18.