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Oh, Hello: 4-Star WR KJ Hamler Commits To Penn State

Penn State received a big boost on the recruiting trail, landing one of the best slot wide receivers in the nation.

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Ladies and gentlemen, KJ Hamler!


Hometown/High School: Brandenton, FL/IMG Academy

Height/Weight: 5-foot-9, 156 pounds

Recruited By: Josh Gattis

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Rankings: 4-star on Rivals, ESPN, and Scout; 3-star on 247Sports

Offers: Penn State, Michigan State, Oregon, Iowa State, Arizona, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Pitt, Syracuse, Temple, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin

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Hamler has long been one of the top wide receiver prospects on Penn State’s board, landing an offer from the Nittany Lions back in June 2015. He has since visited Happy Valley twice, once for Junior Day 2016 and most recently for his official visit during the Temple weekend.

While the Nittany Lions were always in Hamler’s Top 5, it wasn’t until really these last couple weeks that it seemed like Penn State had much of a shot to land Hamler, who was favoring Michigan State and Oregon for much of the process. He’s originally from Michigan, so it looked like the Spartans would pull it out in the end. But Josh Gattis stayed on Hamler, and obviously it paid off for the Nittany Lions.

Hamler joins Mac Hippenhammer and Cameron Sullivan-Brown as the third wide receiver in Penn State’s class, and the 16th prospect overall. His commitment bumps the Nittany Lions’ class up to No. 17 in the country, according to 247Sports Composite rankings.


At just 5-foot-9, 156 pounds, Hamler is destined to be a slot receiver. While he’s plenty fast, he’s not just a speed guy though, as he displays great wiggle when he gets into space. And because of his quickness and ability to make people miss, Hamler should definitely get the opportunity as a return man, whether that’s off of kicks or punts.

With DaeSean Hamilton, DeAndre Thompkins, and Brandon Polk all slated to be back next season, it’s doubtful that Hamler will be called upon to play. He’s currently rehabbing from an ACL tear anyway, so there’s really no need to rush him back to the field until he’s ready. It should also be noted that Hamler is enrolling early, meaning he’ll be on campus for Penn State’s upcoming spring semester.

Welcome to the family, KJ!