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Oh, Hello: PA OL C.J. Thorpe Commits to Penn State

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One of Western Pennsylvania's top prospects verbally commits to the Nittany Lions

C.J. Thorpe, ladies and gentlemen!


Hometown/High School: Pittsburgh, PA/Central Catholic

Height/Weight: 6'3"/318 lbs.

Recruited By: Terry Smith, Matt Limegrover

Starz n' Sheetz:

Starz: 4* across the board

Sheetz: Penn State, Auburn, Alabama, Arizona State, Duqane, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Ole Miss, 5b, Stanford, Syracuse, Temple, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin


The Tale:

In every class, there are always a few guys that feel like it is inevitable they become Nittany Lions. In the Class of 2017, C.J. Thorpe has been one of those guys. Going back to the 2015 Junior Day, C.J. has been in Happy Valley seven times, including this weekend's Blue-White Weekend journey. Just this spring, he's been in town three times. There may have been some nervy moments earlier this month after a southern swing, and a visit to Auburn with former PSU offensive line coach Herb Hand. Hand and Thorpe obviously had a relationship during Herb's two seasons with Penn State, and C.J. had glowing remarks on the visit. However, the pull of the state's biggest program just a few hours from home proved to be too much.

Thorpe ranks as the seventh best player in Pennsylvania, the ninth offensive guard nationally, and the 248th player overall in the country, all according to the 247Sports Composite. He is the fifth commit in the 2017 class as of now, and the first offensive lineman to join the crew.

The Outlook:

As with many blue chip offensive line prospects, C.J. takes great advantage of exceptional strength. And as is the case with many offensive linemen, he will need to work on his technique as he starts going against other Big Ten-caliber players. His future is most certainly at guard, and his big 6'3" frame and long arms certainly would make you think that future is very bright. With the offensive line depth returning to normal levels, there will not be much of a need to play Thorpe until he is ready, so a redshirt seems likely, unless he were to prove he is ready from day one.

Welcome to Penn State, C.J.!