James Franklin kicked off June with a bang as four-star Virginia defensive end Hakeem Beamon committed to the Nittany Lions on Friday afternoon. Beamon in the ninth member of Penn State's 2019 class, the sixth on the defensive side of the ball, and the first lineman.
I want to thank God, my family, my trainer and L. C. Bird for everything thing they’ve done for me. I also want to thank every team that recruited me. With all that being said, I would like to announce that I’m committed to Penn State University ️ #WeAre #WildDogs pic.twitter.com/BW94nX3wih
— Hakeem Beamon (@hakeem_beamon) June 1, 2018
Beamon is a former North Carolina commit, pledging to the Tar Heels nearly a year ago following a camp visit. His comfort with UNC seemed tenuous over the last year, as he continued to visit other schools, notably Penn State for the Georgia State and Michigan games. After receiving offers from the Lions, Alabama, and Ohio State earlier this year, Beamon decommited from the Heels on March 19. His only campus stops since were to Columbus on May 6, and Happy Valley on May 12 for unofficial visits.
The beamon File
- Class: 2019
- Size: 6-3.5, 254 lbs.
- Pos: SDE
- School: Lloyd C. Bird HS (Chesterfield, VA)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★ (.9106)
- Composite Rank: No. 235 overall, No. 17 strong-side DE
Soon after his decommitment, some assumed Beamon would end up at Virginia Tech, but his interest in the Hokies never materialized. Following the visits to Ohio State and Penn State, Beamon originally set a decision date of June 16, but as the Nittany Lions' class began to fill he pushed his commitment date up to today.
Beamon was invited to The Opening Finals in Frisco, Texas, this summer. He'll join other Penn State commits (Devyn Ford, Brandon Smith, Caedan Wallace) and targets (Jahleel Billingsley, Noah Cain, Lance Dixon, Zach Harrison).
Beamon fits the profile of what Sean Spencer has typically looked for among his defensive line recruits. Notably, his insane athleticism. At this spring's Opening Regionals, he checked in with a 108.9 SPARQ score. While his current size would slot him at end, the interior may be his future in Happy Valley. With Penn State's depth along the line, a redshirt year is likely to allow him to add the size needed to make the move to tackle.
Beamon's commitment elevates Penn State's class ranking to No. 15 in the country with just nine members, according to the 247Sports Composite Team Rankings. Only Ohio State (9) and Georgia (8) have classes equal to or smaller among the top-15.