Irvin Charles, ladies and gentlemen!
After nabbing a solid quartet of wideouts with the current freshmen class and already having two receiving commits in the Class of 2015 in Juwan Johnson and Brandon Polk, conventional wisdom in Penn State Internetland said that there simply wasn't anymore room to bring another receiver on board in this class. Apparently, such was not the case, as Irvin Charles became the third pass-catcher and 18th overall pledge to the 2015 freshman class.
Just from taking a quick look at the YouTube video above, it seems as if Josh Gattis/John Donovan reeled in another tall receiver (6'4") with a set of wheels (according to 247, he ran a 4.50 40-yard dash) to go with his slender frame. He also the ability to turn negatives into positives, as evidenced by his incredible grab off what was a botched interception around the 2:20 mark.
Anywho, I'll just go ahead and letter Twitter tell the rest of the tale:
Paul VI WR Irvin Charles (6-4, 210) tweeted that he committed to Penn State Last year: 49 receptions, 848 yards, 11 TDs— Marc Narducci (@sjnard) July 19, 2014
A story of persistence is how to describe Irvin Charles and #PennState in that recruitment. Both got what they wanted in the end.— Greg Pickel (@GregPickel) July 19, 2014
New Jersey Top247 WR Irvin Charles has committed to Penn State. http://t.co/uwslCUCBMN" Big Ten better get some taller DB's— Vinnie Brezinsky (@VBrez121) July 19, 2014
Juwan Johnson and Irvin Charles are both 6-foot-4 and both have Alabama offers. Hack, O'Connor and (hopefully) Wimbush must be loving this.— Eric Sion (@ericbsion) July 19, 2014
As with most of the wide receivers recruited here in the past few years, Irvin will face an uphill battle for early playing time. His performance in preseason camps will determine whether or not he will be able to crack the starting lineup, especially with amount of talent that will be lining up on offense by that point. It's far too early to tell exactly how good his chances are of doing just that, but he certainly has the skills to do so.
As far as his future impact on the team, Irvin will have a chance to be a special receiver for the Nittany Lions. He stands at 6'4", so he has the height to develop into a potent red zone threat. Charles is much more than that though. He already shows a very natural feel for the position, as he is adept at using his body to shield defenders off the ball. That size will be his main weapon at the next level, but his speed is no joke either. He still has plenty of time to develop before arriving at Penn State, and he would do well to continue working on his route running. Overall though, Charles is already a fantastic receiver who will only improve from here. Penn State picked up a good one.
Irvin's commitment brings the class to 18.
Welcome to Penn State, Irvin!