Penn State’s top-ranked 2018 recruiting class got that much stronger on Thursday night.
Extremely excited and truly blessed to continue my academic and athletic career at Pennsylvania State University! Thanks to all the people who helped me get to this point in my life. pic.twitter.com/GM0uM8sasn— AB (@__ABALLDAY) February 2, 2018
Cael Sanderson and co. seemed to have their momentum slowed when Cadet World Team member Travis Wittlake Jr. flipped from Penn State to Oklahoma State.
But they’ve jumped right back on the horse with a commitment from Cadet World Champion Aaron Brooks.
Brooks and Wittlake compete at the same weight internationally and Wittlake initially bested Brooks for a spot on the World Team before withdrawing due to injury. Brooks took advantage of the opportunity, going on to win a gold medal at his age group.
Like Wittlake, Brooks projects to 174/184 pounds in college and will likely wrestle at 79 kilos (173.8 pounds) internationally.
Brooks, a Maryland native, is an incredibly gifted athlete and ranked first in the country at 182 pounds by FloWrestling. The site also ranks him No. 13 in the country pound-for-pound.
He joins Gavin Teasdale, Michael Beard, Seth Nevills, Roman Bravo-Young and Joe Lee in an already loaded 2018 class. Brooks will likely enroll at Penn State in 2019 as he plans on spending a year at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs after graduating high school.
*It was brought to my attention that Brody Teske was omitted from this article initially as a Penn State 2018 recruit. Him too. Go State, Beat Buckeyes.*