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Oh, Hello: Four-Star DT Hakeem Beamon Commits to Penn State

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Penn State continues to absolutely pillage the Commonwealth of Virginia for 2019 talent.

THE SKINNY

Height/Weight: 6-foot-3.5, 254 pounds

Hometown/High School: Chesterfield, Va. (Lloyd C. Bird)

Stars: ★★★★ (0.9106 247Sports Composite — No. 235 overall)

Notable Offers: Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, USCe

HIGHLIGHTS

THE TALE

Beamon took a bit of roundabout path to State College, but opted to join James Franklin and Co. in the end.

He committed to North Carolina on June 18, 2017 while attending a camp on UNC’s campus. Not long after, his recruitment really started to pick up. He took a pair of unofficial visits to Penn State in September and October, followed by an early November visit to Georgia.

In January and February of this year, he received offers from some heavy hitters — Alabama, Ohio State, and Penn State — and decided to re-open his recruitment. After taking some unofficial visits, Beamon was ready to commit once again, announcing he would be deciding on June 16. He would eventually move up his commitment day to today, June 1, and made the call for the Nittany Lions.

OUTLOOK

Though currently listed as a defensive end, it would surprise nobody if Beamon ended up playing as a 3-tech defensive tackle for the Nittany Lions. At 6-foot-3.5, 254 pounds, Beamon appears to be able easily carry at least another 30 or 40 pounds on his frame without losing the first-step quickness that made him an appealing prospect to a number of the country’s top programs.

Beamon, ranked as the seventh overall player in Virginia, is the third commitment this cycle from the Commonwealth after pledges from Brandon Smith and Devyn Ford just over a week ago. The Nittany Lions also appear in good position for three-star Virginia offensive lineman Jakai Moore and have been linked with four-star defensive back Cam’Ron Kelly, though those connections seemed to have lessened with Kelly set to announce on June 8.

With Beamon almost assuredly being recruited by the Nittany Lions as a defensive tackle, it’ll be intriguing to see how they approach the position with the rest of the class. Penn State has been heavily linked with a number of other defensive tackles in the cycle, including Jared Harrison-Hunte (NY), Mazi Smith (MI), Rodas Johnson (OH), Steven Faucheux (OH), Ben Smiley (VA) and French transplant Jeffrey M’ba.

After signing three defensive tackles in 2018 (Mustipher, Culpepper and Hawkins), the general sense is that the Nittany Lions will only take two in the 2019 class.