Penn State's 2018 class, already off to a flying start, landed another big fish today with New Jersey wide receiver Justin Shorter giving his verbal commitment to the Nittany Lions. Shorter is the sixth verbal commitment to Penn State since July 20th, and the third member of the Class of 2018. He joins five-star defensive end Micah Parsons, the third ranked player nationally in 2018, and four-star offensive tackle Chris Bleich, the eighth overall player in Pennsylvania.
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Shorter is one of the top, if not the top receiver on Penn State's board in the Class of 2018, along with Pennsylvania natives Jahan Dotson and Shaquan Anderson-Butts. The four-star prospect received his Penn State offer back in April, and made his first visit to Happy Valley back in July. He was just back on campus on Wednesday this week for his second visit in less than two weeks. Not too long after the fact, the 247Sports Crystal Ball Forecasts began to swing in the Nittany Lions' favor.
Late last night, Shorter tweeted that he would be announcing today, choosing between Penn State, Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Pitt, and North Carolina. The Scarlet Knights and Hokies were thought to be the top competition for PSU. Shorter plans to major in engineering when he gets to college, which surely aided the Lions' cause, as did wide receiver coach Josh Gattis, who forged a strong relationship with Shorter.
At 6-4, 210, and possessing great top end speed, Shorter is straight out of central casting for the wide receiver position. With a big frame, he figures to add the size needed for Big Ten football before stepping on the field for Penn State without much of a problem.
Shorter's commitment puts Penn State's 2018 class seventh overall in the country, and second in the Big 10, just behind Michigan. The Lions' three commitments are tied for the fewest in the top seven, along with LSU.