Virtually no program in the country has recruited the tight end position as well as Penn State has under James Franklin. That success continued this evening as four-star 2022 prospect Jerry Cross has committed to the Nittany Lions.
A decision from Cross wasn't expected for some time, especially considering he hadn't had the chance to visit many campuses, including Penn State. Nonetheless, he posted on social media that he planned to commit earlier this month. At that point, the 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions for Penn State began to pour in. He ultimately pushed his commitment to this this evening, likely to have a few more conversations with the staff about his spot in the class.
The Cross File
- Class: 2022
- Size: 6'6/218
- Pos: TE
- School: King (Milwaukee, WI)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★ (.9293)
- Composite Rank: No. 190 overall, No. 6 TE
The Milwaukee native also holds offers from Iowa State, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, and Wisconsin. It's been a long time since the Nittany Lion's landed a player from America's Dairyland, with Robert Windsor being the last Wisconsinite to join the program.
Similarly to 2020 signee Theo Johnson, Cross has lined up mostly as a wide receiver throughout his high school career. He has great size and ball skills, giving him a massive advantage in 50-50 balls. He's done a ton of damage around the goal line in his career, often able to out track the football and out-jump smaller defensive backs.
He'll need to add a good bit of weight and learn the blocking techniques a tight end needs to know before seeing the field, but with four scholarship guys ahead of him, he can take his time and develop at his own pace. Penn State does not yet have a tight end in the 2021 recruiting class. Mathias "Mega" Barnwell is committed in the 2023 class.
Cross' commitment gives Penn State the No. 4 class in the country in the 2022 class, behind LSU, Ohio State, and Alabama. The Nittany Lions are now one of eight teams in the country with multiple players committed to their 2022 group.