It's been a busy 24 hours for Penn State. Four-star athlete Zakee Wheatley is the latest player to commit to the Nittany Lions. The Maryland native is the fourth player to commit to Penn State in the past two days, joining Jaylen Reed on Thursday, and twin brothers Kobe and Kalen King earlier this afternoon.
The Nittany Lions joined the chase for Wheatley last summer, and they've kept up steady contact since. He was a regular visitor throughout this past season, and also got a visit from Tim Banks and Tyler Bowen in September. He only took two visits in 2020, Maryland and West Virginia, before the coronavirus pandemic created another no-visit period.
The Wheatley File
- Class: 2021
- Size: 6-2/180 lbs.
- Pos: S/WR
- School: Archbishop Spalding (Severn, MD)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★ (.8990)
- Composite Rank: No. 308 overall (No. 21 ATH)
Wheatley also held offers from Maryland, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Virginia Tech, among others. Ultimately, his recruitment came down to Penn State and Maryland, with a lot of pressure to stay home and play for the Terps.
Wheatley could play either wide receiver or in the defensive backfield at the next level, with him being equally effective in both roles while in high school. Signs point to him beginning his college career as a safety in Happy Valley, which has quickly become one of the deepest positions on Penn State's roster.
With Wheatley's commitment, Penn State is up to seven commits in their 2021 class, bringing them to the No. 13 class in the country and fifth-ranked class in the Big 10.