The Nittany Lions’ recruiting struggles continue as they lost out on one of the top defensive backs in Pennsylvania.
Kyshoen Jarrett, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound cornerback/safety prospect from East Stroudsburg, announced that he will give a verbal commitment to play for the Pitt Panthers.
Jarrett, who months ago talked about how Penn State was one of his favorites, also chose the Panthers over Virginia Tech.
Jarrett said Pitt’s long-time, steady interest in him made a big impression, and that a favorable depth chart at defensive back also helped make the decision easier. Pitt was his first scholarship offer last September.
“Just realizing that Pitt stayed true to their word about what type of player I am since I was a freshman,” Jarrett said.
His friends who are Pitt commitments, such as Harrisburg’s Jameel Poteat and Pottstown’s Terrell Chestnut, also were urging him to join them.
He mentioned how Penn State coaches were pushing him to make a decision so they could know how to handle their recruiting.
“It’s a disappointment (for Penn State) because he seemed real excited about Penn State, seemed like one of those slam dunks early on in the process,” said Cory James, a recruiting analyst with Scout.com.
Jarrett is rated as a four-star prospect (out of five) by national recruiting services.
“The best thing about Jarrett is his toughness. He’s not afraid to come up in your face,” James said. “His speed is a little bit of a question mark.”
Penn State is still stuck on only four verbal commitments for the class of 2011, one of the lowest totals in the nation. This recruiting class, though, will not be finalized until early February.
“Now the question becomes (for Penn State), ‘Do you kind of lower your standards just to get a body (at defensive back) or do you just decide to really concentrate on the following year?'” James said.