James Franklin and the Penn State Nittany Lions’ 2016 recruiting class just got a little stronger and a lot bigger with the coach’s first commit from the state of New Jersey. Four-star offensive lineman Will Fries committed to joining the State College campus in the fall of 2016 late Tuesday evening.
According to SB Nation’s Black Shoe Diaries, Fries is the tenth ranked player in the Garden State. It was only a matter of time before Fries made his decision to play for Penn State as his “Crystal Ball” on 247 Sports had him favoring the Nittany Lions by 87 percent.
Offensive line coach Herb Hand, who had a big “hand” in recruiting Fries to Penn State, expressed his happiness with a Ace Ventura GIF on Twitter after Fries’s announcement.
Fries’s position is still up in the air, but with prospect tackles Michal Menet and Alex Gellerstedt both joining the team in 2016 and Fries having experience at both guard and tackle in high school, it is likely he could become a key piece in the interior of the offensive line. The six-foot-six, 270 pound Cranford, NJ native is the tenth player to commit to Penn State and the fourth offensive lineman for the 2016 class, making it the eleventh ranked class in the country as well as the third in the Big Ten.
Things are surely looking up for the Nittany Lions and we may just be seeing Fries as well as the rest of the Penn State crew in the College Football Playoff in the near future.
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