WEEEEOOOOOOWEEEEEOOOOOWEEEEEOOOOOOO (yes, that's the sound my siren makes..deal with it)
Jason Cabinda, ladies and gentlemen!
Hometown/High School: Flemington, NJ/Hunterdon Central
Weight: 220 lbs
Recruited By: Ron Vanderlinden
Starz 'n Sheets:
Stars: 3* 247, Scout, 2* Rivals
Offer Sheet: Syracuse (previously committed to), Boston College, Bryant, Bucknell, Colgate, Fordham, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh, Maryland, Monmouth, Navy, Old Dominion, Rutgers, Temple, UConn, UMass
Syracuse fans who are fuming over this reversal of fortune can direct their anger at one Jared Wangler, a one-time Penn State verbal at linebacker who pulled a similar move on Penn State once his dad's alma mater, Michigan, came through with an offer. Faced with an already paper-thin linebacking corps (made only thinner by the royal F-ups of a certain 2013 recruit) and with only one linebacker commit in the Class of 2014 in Troy Reeder, Bill O'Brien knew it was imperative to find a replacement for Wangler, ASAP.
Enter Jason Cabinda.
When he was initially granted an offer from PSU at the end of September, Cabinda told 247 that he 'had a lot to think about' ($$$). Perhaps at that point, it was not a question of 'if' but 'when' he would pull the switch. Granted, one could certainly make the case that Cabinda's 'pretty freakin' cool' (247 $$$) unofficial visit for the quadruple-overtime instant classic against Michigan hastened his decision.
Cabinda's commitment makes him the 15th for the Class of 2014. He's also one of the more important commitments due to the sheer lack of depth at the linebacker position on the current roster. You have to figure with additional scholarships now available, that he won't be the last linebacker taken in this class. Judging strictly from his selectively chosen highlight reel, Cabinda seems like someone whose athleticism should make him an immediate part of the linebacking rotation in 2014 (#ANALYSIS).
Welcome to Penn State, Jason!
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