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South Allegheny's James makes verbal commitment to Penn State

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Monday, March 28, 2011

South Allegheny's 6-foot-8, 246-pound junior tight end Jesse James made a verbal commitment to Penn State this morning.

"He just found a comfort level with this opportunity," South Allegheny coach Pat Monroe said.

James is a two-year starter at both tight end and defensive end for the Gladiators. He was SA's leading receiver a year ago when he caught 34 passes for 463 yards.

James was also a dominant pass-rushing defensive end for the Gladiators the past two years collecting double-digit sacks during the South Allegheny's 2-8 season a year ago.

James was garnering interest from Pitt, Toledo, Maryland among others.

Penn State landed another tight end over the weekend when the Nittany Lions got a commitment from Brent Wilkerson of DeMatha High in Hyattsville, Md, and now have four verbals for the 2012 class.

James was recruited by assistant coach Tom Bradley and tight ends coach Bill Kenney.

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