Class of 2017 quarterback Sean Clifford, out of Cincinnati’s St. Xavier High School, has committed to the Penn State Nittany Lions. Clifford announced his decision on his personal Twitter page.
A pro-style quarterback who stands 6-foot-2, 203 pounds, Clifford had also received offers from Cincinnati, Boston College, Louisville, Michigan State, West Virginia, Pitt, Missouri and Northwestern. Considering how he doesn’t graduate from high school for another two years, that isn’t a bad haul by any means.
But Clifford enters an ideal situation at Penn State, which is just starting to rebuild itself under head coach James Franklin. The team went 7-6 (2-6 Big Ten) in 2014, Franklin’s first season with the team, and defeated Boston College in an overtime thriller in the Pinstripe Bowl. Penn State also has a quarterback currently under center in rising junior and No. 1 draft pick candidate Christian Hackenberg, who could very well opt to turn pro after this season. Thus, once Clifford steps on the field in Happy Valley, he could easily be in a position to compete for the starting quarterback’s job.
A lot can happen between now and when Clifford graduates high school, but this should still be considered a huge get for Franklin and his team.
Penn State opens the 2015 season against the AAC’s Temple Owls at Lincoln Financial Field.
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