Penn State football secured a verbal commitment from 2023 wide receiver Ejani Shakir on Wednesday night. Shakir, a three-star prospect per the 247Sports composite and a 4-star in the site’s overall rankings, plays at New Jersey’s Winslow Township High School.
With Shakir in the fold, Penn State’s 2023 class is up to 12 verbal commitments, and the 6-foot, 175-pound prospect is the first receiver in the class. Penn State’s class has soared into the No. 3 spot nationally and has surpassed Ohio State. The Buckeyes have 10 total pledges, eight of which are from 4-star prospects per the 247Sports Composite.
The team race is far from over, but Penn State’s plan has long been to find a way to build on the recruiting momentum it established in the last cycle. Thus far it’s doing just that again, though May to December is a long but important stretch in building the future of this roster.
Shakir released a top eight list in December that included Virginia Tech, Boston College, West Virginia, NC State, Maryland, Ole Miss and Virginia. Shakir previously played at New Jersey’s Pennsauken High School and has since transferred to Winslow Township.
His offensive coordinator for the upcoming season is former Nittany Lion running back Bill Belton. Belton returned to his high school alma mater and later brought along his former Penn State teammate Christian Hackenberg who is the school’s quarterback’s coach.
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