James Franklin has made no secret of his desire to make the Nittany Lions a bigger factor in recruiting the talent-rich state of Florida. A year after landing four-star DB Jordan Miner and three-star DT Judge Culpepper out of the Sunshine State, Penn State has a commitment from four-star wide receiver John Dunmore.
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Dunmore's connection to Penn State began almost entirely to new running backs coach JaJuan Seider. The Florida native arrived in Happy Valley with a reputation as one of the top recruiters in his home state. In fact, his relationship with Dunmore goes all the way back to Seider's time at West Virginia. After arriving at Penn State in January, Seider made the highly coveted prospect one of his top priorities, sending out the Nittany Lions' offer just days after taking the job.
The DUNMORE File
- Class: 2019
- Size: 6'2/172 lbs.
- Pos: WR
- School: Chaminade-Madonna Prep (Hollywood, Fla.)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★ (.9509)
- Composite Rank: No. 107 overall. No. 19 WR
Not surprisingly, the Lions joined a long list of suitors that included Florida State, Auburn, Florida, Miami, Ohio State, Michigan, Georgia, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Oregon, and many others. In fact, Dunmore was committed to Florida from April of 2017 until just about a week before Penn State offered.
In addition to the Gators, both Miami and Florida State seemed primed battle to keep Dunmore at home. However, a June official visit to State College changed everything. Despite a pair of unofficial visits to Tallahassee, and Coral Gables, as well as official visits to Ann Arbor, and Auburn, the dark horse Nittany Lions were able to earn the four-star prospect's pledge.
Wide receiver may be the most talented group on the Penn State roster. Dunmore will join former five-star prospect Justin Shorter, and four-star prospects Juwan Johnson, Brandon Polk, K.J. Hamler, Jahan Dotson, and Daniel George on campus when he arrives next year. With that amount of talent, and depth on the roster, a redshirt year would seem prudent, but plenty can change in the next nearly 14 months.
Dunmore is Penn State's second commitment of the month after Lance Dixon joined the class on Sunday. The Lions 11-member class now sit at No. 18 nationally, and third overall in the Big Ten. Those 11 commitments are the second fewest among the top-18, tied with Texas (No. 16) and one behind Georgia's 10-member class (No. 13). Nine of the 11 members of the class are currently rated as four or five-star prospects.