3-Star Offensive Tackle Jimmy Christ Commits to Penn State

By Nick Polak on November 8, 2019 at 7:11 pm
New Penn State commit three-star offensive lineman Jimmy Christ. Christ was a longtime commit to Virginia before de-committing and instead choosing the Nittany Lions.
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And on the fifth day, Christ committed to play football at Penn State.

After recently de-committing from Virginia, three-star offensive tackle Jimmy Christ announced his intentions to become a Nittany Lion on Thursday, making his announcement via Twitter.

The Christ File

  • Class: 2020
  • Size: 6'7/285 lbs.
  • Pos: OT
  • School: Dominion (Sterling, VA)
  • Composite Rating: ★★★ (0.8894)
  • Composite Rank: #362 nationally, #7 in Virginia

Christ is very familiar with Penn State and the staff, having visited campus three times (on record) since late November 2018. Still, even after a late-March 2019 visit to Happy Valley, the Virginia native announced his intention to stay at home and play for the Cavaliers just a month later. James Franklin and his staff clearly kept tabs on him, however, because once he made the decision to back off from his commitment to Virginia, his 247Sports Crystal Ball saw a flood of picks for the Nittany Lions.

The three-star prospect is a highly-sought-after recruit, holding offers from many well-known programs across the country, including Notre Dame (obviously, have you seen his name?), Oklahoma, Clemson, Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Stanford, and several others.

Christ circling back to Penn State is a touch surprising given that his older brother is currently on the Virginia roster. It says a lot about the opportunity that he sees in State College for himself that he would spurn both the chance to play alongside family and play in front of his home-state fans.

Ja'Juan Seider and Matt Limegrover were the key recruiters for Christ, and it's no wonder that such a combination was eventually able to convince him to come on board. He's an excellent blend of talent and size, and could be an all-conference performer after some time refining technique with Limegrover and bulking up with Dwight Galt.

Here's 247Sports' Brian Dohn on what Christ brings to the table as a prospect.

Ideal frame and length for left tackle. Wide shoulders, athletic and lean. Does not have bad weight. Bends well at the knees. Fires off ball quickly. Fast hands and accurate with placement. Gets to second level. Strong initial punch. Technically sound in running game. Plays controlled. At times reaches and dips his head. Needs to add upper body strength. Has to sink his hips more consistently. Must develop kick step. Multi-year starter at Top 20 program. Should develop into an early third-day (fourth round) NFL draft pick.

Projection: 4-7 Round, Day 3 Pick

Comparison: Terron Armstead, OT (New Orleans Saints)

Christ brings the Penn State class to 28 commits total, including six offensive linemen (four tackles, two interior). The Lions remain the No. 13-ranked class in the country, and No. 3 in the Big Ten.

Welcome to Penn State, Jimmy.

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