After perhaps the most circuitous route I’ve seen taken in a long time, the No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2019 has committed to Penn State wrestling.
Dan Kerkvliet, a Minnesota native, announced on Thursday that he has accepted a scholarship offer from the Nittany Lions.
Kerkvliet, a two-time Cadet World finalist and one-time champ, initally committed to the home state Gophers before flipping to Oklahoma State and then eventually signing with Ohio State.
He originally planned to redshirt but then announced he would have a wrestle-off with Buckeyes’ 2018 starter Chase Singletary. That wrestle-off never actually took place and Kerkvliet left the Ohio State program before the season even started. This all happened not long after Kyle Snyder left the Ohio RTC for the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club, raising speculation than Kerkvliet was Penn State bound. Two months later and here we are. With Anthony Cassar cemented as the 2019-20 starter, Kerkvliet will likely redshirt this season and then compete for the spot in 2020 with fellow redshirt freshman Seth Nevills.