It may have taken longer than many expected, but Penn State has their first commitment for the Class of 2019. Three-star cornerback prospect, and State College Area High School Little Lion Keaton Ellis has verbally committed to the Nittany Lions. Ellis took to Twitter to announce his decision after Penn State beat Pitt on Saturday afternoon.
Committed to the family pic.twitter.com/Qb01hSgJ8z
— Keaton Ellis (@_keatonellis) September 9, 2017
Getting to campus has never been a big challenge for the local kid, but his first unofficial visit as a recruit came back in April when he attended the Blue-White Game. He returned in June for one of Penn State's camps, and earned his offer that evening.
The ELLIS File
- Class: 2019
- Size: 6'0/160 lbs.
- Pos: CB
- School: State College Area High School (State College, PA)
- Composite Rating: ★★★ (.8778)
- Composite Rank: No. 38 CB, No. 398 overall
The Lions were actually the third program to offer the speedy Ellis. Syracuse and Buffalo extended their scholarship offers earlier this year. But once the hometown school made the move, it was only a matter of time before he pulled the trigger. He will become the first Little Lion to sign with the local school since Alex Kenney in 2010.
Ellis was back on campus in mid-July to camp once again for his future coaches, and attend the Lasch Bash celebration. He told Josh Moyer from the Centre Daily Times that the family atmosphere was a big draw.
It’s a family program. I love the culture there. I feel at home, obviously. I love it up there.
This is Penn State's first commitment for the Class of 2019, which if you are curious, puts them in a tie for No. 29 with Nebraska in the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Plenty can, and will change before Ellis steps foot on campus as a player, but with seven cornerbacks with eligibility in 2019 currently on the roster, there will be no rush to play right away.