Brelin Faison-Walden, ladies and gentlemen!
Hometown/High School: Greensboro, NC/Grimsley
Height/Weight: 6-foot-1, 200 pounds
Recruited By: Brent Pry and Josh Gattis
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Brelin Faison-Walden has had one of the more surprising recruitments, at least from the Penn State perspective. The North Carolina athlete received his Penn State offer in February, but couldn't take a visit to Happy Valley until last weekend's Lasch Bash. After his visit to State College, he was supposed to visit Michigan and Clemson before making a decision. Instead, Faison-Walden saw everything he wanted to see at Penn State, deciding to cancel his previously scheduled visits and making the call for the Nittany Lions.
Faison-Walden is ranked as the 13th best player in North Carolina, the 32nd safety in the country, and the 443rd player overall according to 247Sports Composite. He's the ninth member of the 2017 class, being the first commitment the Nittany Lions have landed since cornerback D.J. Brown jumped onboard on April 25.
While he was listed as both a safety and linebacker by the recruiting services, Faison-Walden was being recruited by Penn State as the "star" linebacker. He's an athletic kid that should flourish playing in space and in pass coverage. But at just 200 pounds, he'll need some time to put on the mass needed to play linebacker. So while the Nittany Lions will have a major need at linebacker in 2017, it might be best that Faison-Walden takes a redshirt season.
Welcome to Penn State, Brelin!