Devyn Ford, Antonio Alfano Set May 18th Commitment Dates

By Dan Vecellio on May 8, 2018 at 9:29 am
Harvey Levine - 247Sports
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Over the weekend, two of the biggest prospects on Penn State's 2019 board announced commitment decision times within one hour of each other, leading to what could be a big day for James Franklin and the Nittany Lions.

New Jersey's Antonio Alfano, a four-star defensive end, has been high on the Lions for a long while but has yet to pull the trigger on a commitment. He was ready to make a decision in December but ended up deciding he needed more time. There is a hint of uncertainty with Alfano as he will be playing for a third high school in three years starting this fall after leaving powerhouse Bergen Catholic for Rahway and now Colonia. The No. 60 prospect in the nation lists Alabama and Georgia along with the Nittany Lions. Geographically, Penn State should hold an advantage, but all bets are off when the two College Football Playoff title game participants are in the mix. The Tide currently hold the edge in the Crystal Ball predictions. 

Devyn Ford named Penn State to his top-6 back in February and seemingly narrowed the field to the Lions, Virginia Tech, and Ohio State within a few weeks. However, after the commitment of Steele Chambers last month, Ford canceled his official visit to Columbus, leaving the Lions and Hokies in a two-horse race. He made his way to Blacksburg on April 14 and Happy Valley one week later for the Blue-White Game. While the Lions have Miles Sanders and top 2018 running back Ricky Slade in tow, Ford would still be a great addition to the backfield in Happy Valley. 

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