Penn State's defensive line got ...better on Friday afternoon, as James Franklin secured a commitment from three-star Florida defensive lineman Judge Culpepper. A native of Tampa, Culpepper is the 15th commit in Penn State's 2018 class and the first commitment the program earned during Lasch Bash weekend. Culpepper announced his commitment via a tweet.
Culpepper — whose father, Brad, played in the NFL from 1992-2000 — boasted an impressive offer sheet, with 34 schools including Alabama, Florida, LSU, and Notre Dame extending him offers. This commitment doesn't come as a huge surprise, as his 247Sports Crystal Ball featured 11 predictions, 10 of which were for Penn State.
The COurt Documents
- Class: 2018
- Size: 6'4, 256
- Pos: DL
- School: Plant (Tampa, FL)
- Composite Rating: ★★★ (.8686)
- Composite Rank: No. 469 Nationally, No. 18 SDE
Culpepper's offer from the Nittany Lions came earlier this year, back on Jan. 24, 2017. He visited Happy Valley in April, came back for a visit earlier this week, and despite leaving town without committing, Culpepper pulled the trigger on Friday.
Already physically imposing at 6'4 and 256 pounds, Culpepper is listed as a defensive tackle on 247Sports but is ranked among strongside defensive ends. Additionally, Culpepper plays tight end for Plant High School in lovely Tampa, Fl. He is the nation's No. 469 overall recruit, the No. 18 strongside defensive end, and Florida's 73rd-best prospect in the class of 2018, per 247Sports.
With Culpepper's commitment, Penn State now has the No. 3 class in America for 2018, according to 247Sports. He is the second defensive lineman in Penn State's class, joining four-star New Jersey recruit Dorian Hardy.