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Penn State gets verbal commitment from receiver for Class of 2015

| Sunday, March 16, 2014, 8:24 p.m.

Wide receiver Juwan Johnson of Glassboro, N.J., became Penn State's eighth verbal commitment for the Class of 2015 after an unofficial visit to campus Sunday.

The 6-foot-4 12, 205-pound Johnson is rated a four-star prospect and the No. 13 receiver in the country by Rivals.com. His high school coach, Mark Maccarone, said Johnson had offers from more than 25 FBS schools — Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State and Pitt among them.

“It was just the best fit for him all the way around,” Maccarone said after Johnson met with the Nittany Lions coaching staff Sunday. “From what he does offensively to the family atmosphere of the coaching staff to the proximity of his family — all were facets in it.”

Johnson is the fifth of Penn State's eight 2015 recruits to have a Rivals.com four-star rating. He also is the fifth prospect from New Jersey among the 2014 and '15 classes. He also plays defensive back in high school.

“He's definitely a game-changing type of athlete,” Maccarone said. “And he's a kid with incredible character and a fantastic work ethic. Very knowledgeable about the game, a good student and a kid with a lot of heart.”

— Chris Adamski

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