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Prior to Irvin Charles' commitment to Penn State, the Nittany Lions had already brought in two blue-chip wide receivers in the class of 2015 in Juwan Johnson and Brandon Polk. Theoretically, James Franklin didn't need to bring in another potential star, but he did just that in Charles. The New Jersey native is a big, strong receiver who is going to maul smaller cornerbacks during his time in State College. As with Johnson and Polk, you should be excited about what Charles is going to do as a Nittany Lion.
Hometown: Haddonfield, NJ
High School: Paul VI
Position: Wide Receiver
247Composite Rank: ★★★★ (0.8971)
Positional Rank: #38 Wide Receiver, #7 Player in New Jersey
Commitment Date: July 19, 2014
247 Crystal Ball:
High School Stats
Finding high school stats is usually brutal. For some reason, Charles has a bunch of stats available! Even if they aren't 100 percent accurate, hooray! Here's how he did as a sophomore, junior and senior in high school:
Charles is, above everything else, huge. The thing that you notice when you watch his tape is that he's so much bigger and stronger than everyone that tries to cover him. Of course, part of this is because he is going up against high school aged children, and it won't be as easy as him to overpower college players, but his strength and physicality are his two biggest assets. He desperately needs to go through a speed and agility program. Sure, when he gets to his top speed, he's got 4.5 40-yard dash speed, but it takes him a while to get there. He also doesn't have the quickness and agility that he needs right now. Still, at the very worst, he will be a solid red zone target. With some seasoning, look out.
Charles will likely redshirt for two reason. Reason No. 1 was outlined above. He needs some work in a college-level speed and agility program, and hopefully a year in which he focuses on getting Dwight Galt'd will lead to Charles becoming a matchup nightmare.
The other reason is that Penn State is loaded at wide receiver. Seriously. You can argue that it's the team's best position heading into 2014. DaeSean Hamilton, Geno Lewis, Matt Zanellato, Chris Godwin and Saeed Blacknall are all returning from the 2014 squad. De'Andre Thompkins will make his debut after redshirting last year. There's a good chance that Juwan Johnson gets some run. Having Charles is a pure luxury, and like most luxurious things, the smart move is probably letting him age a bit and breaking him out when the time is right.
- Irvin Charles Commits to Penn State
- Irvin Charles' Hudl
- Irvin Charles' MaxPreps
- Irvin Charles' 247 Profile