Jarod Verkleeren (Photo/Tom Elling)
State champion Jarod Verkleeren (Hempfield Area, Pa.) committed to Penn State on Sunday evening. He had previously committed to Iowa State, signing in the early period, but was released after the coaching change in February. The nation's No. 16 overall Class of 2017 wrestler was a Cadet World champion in freestyle at 63 kilograms in the summer of 2016. He also was a Super 32 Challenge champion this past fall at 145 pounds, and a Junior National freestyle runner-up this past summer.
Verkleeren ended the 2016-17 season as the nation's top ranked 145 pound wrestler. He projects to compete as a 149/157 pound wrestler in college, and joins No. 5 Nick Lee (Evansville Mater Dei, Ind.) and No. 8 Brady Berge (Kasson-Mantorville, Minn.) in anchoring the Penn State recruiting class of this year.