Cael Sanderson and Penn State have not had the fastest start to their 2019 recruiting class. After the staff snagged one of the greatest recruiting classes in 2018, that is not terribly surprising. The Nittany Lions are only sporting one current commitment in the pound-for-pound top-100 in Adam Busiello (NY). However, Penn State is still stacked with talent and depth, despite the lack of 2019 recruiting to this point.
The No. 1 pound-for-pound recruit according to FloWrestling, Greg Kerkvliet, offers Penn State an opportunity for another elite recruit. He has previously committed to Minnesota and Oklahoma State, but has now opened his recruiting process back up before his senior season. The Nittany Lions join Ohio State, Nebraska, and Oklahoma State in his top-four. Kerkvliet is an elite folkstyle and freestyle wrestler. In 2017, Kerkvliet won the Cadet World Championships at 100 kg, and he's been on fire so far in 2018. Kerkvliet has already qualified for the junior world championships at 97 kg and dominated the field at one of the premier high school tournaments in the nation at Fargo.
It is unclear whether Kerkvliet will wrestle for his high school team his senior season, as he has decided to train at the Olympic Training Center. However, it is anticipated that he will enter some of the collegiate opens and international tournaments. Penn State commit Aaron Brooks will also be training at the Olympic Training Center next season.
Kerkvliet is projected as a heavyweight at the collegiate level. If Kerkvliet ultimately ends up in Happy Valley, he would battle 2018 recruit Seth Nevills for the starting spot. Nevills is currently projected to be the starter once his older brother, Nick, graduates in 2019.