Lions add two, more to come?

Penn State got two verbal commitments Wednesday, reeling in Wyoming Valley West wide receiver Eugene Lewis and Glen Ellyn, Ill., defensive tackle Tommy Schutt.

Lewis’ verbal isn’t a huge surprise as many recruiting experts tagged him as a Penn State lean for some time, but Schutt’s pledge came as a pleasant surprise. As of last week many thought Schutt was bound for Notre Dame and he even admitted he would probably commit to the Fighting Irish on his next visit, but Notre Dame told him there was no room at the inn after picking up another defensive tackle commitment. Michigan looked like Schutt’s next destination only for the same thing that happened with Notre Dame happen again. That left Penn State, where Schutt visited with his family earlier this week. The 6-foot-3, 301-pound Schutt made the call Wednesday night, informing the Nittany Lions coaching staff of his decision.

I got to see Lewis play last year when Wyoming Valley West played at Pleasant Valley and was extremely impressed. Lewis played quarterback for much of the game, but his athleticism was on display when he returned a kickoff for a touchdown early in the game. Lewis cut clear across the field two times and outran the coverage unit to the end zone, only to have the return nullified by a penalty. Watching Lewis’ tape, two things really stand out. He has great hands. He catches everything thrown his way (as you’d expect in a highlight reel) whether or not the ball is thrown well. And the second thing is his leaping ability. Not only can he get up over defenders, but he always seems to time his jumps perfectly. He also has surprising speed to go with a 6-2, 181-pound frame, one that can probably handle another 10-15 pounds without Lewis losing any speed.

Schutt is really a big-time get for the Nittany Lions. He’ll play a 3-technique tackle with the Nits, giving them a penetrating force similar Jared Odrick. Schutt has a quick first step and seems to be in the backfield before the man blocking him even gets out of his stance. He shows the ability to diagnose plays and find the ball quickly, two important attributes any good DT must have. Ranked by as the nation’s 29th-best player and fifth-best defensive tackle, Schutt should challenge for playing time early in his career.

The recruiting haul may not be over either.

West Roxbury, Mass., defensive back Armani Reeves plans to announce Friday and many expect him to pick Penn State. Michigan and Notre Dame are also finalists for Reeves, a 5-11, 185-pound prospect with great speed and athleticism. Chesire, Conn., defensive back Malik Golden plans to visit Penn State in the near future, possibly next week, and could commit at that time. Golden, a 6-1, 195-pounder, projects as a boundary corner or safety at the next level.

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