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Since the dead period was lifted on June 1st, no team has made more headway on the recruiting trail than the Penn State Nittany Lions. Jeff Tambroni’s program has built half of their 2022 class in just the past month with four commitments – including three flips – since late June.
On June 30th, news broke that Springfield (Pa.) defenseman/LSM Ryan O’Connor had flipped from Villanova to the Nittany Lions and that Taft (Conn.) midfielder Ben Spinelli had also committed to Penn State, flipping from Notre Dame.
O’Connor, who is rated as a three-star by Inside Lacrosse, is coming off a stellar junior season where he racked up All-American honors while Spinelli, a four-star by Inside Lacrosse, helped lead his Taft team to a national championship at the GEICO High School Nationals in late May.
In addition to those two flips, the Nittany Lions picked up a commitment from St. Augustine (N.J.) midfielder Luke Scarpello on the same day. He put up 31 points off 25 goals and six assists for the Hermits as a junior.
Those three commitments gave Jeff Tambroni and the Nittany Lions seven commitments in the class. Well, they can now increase that number to eight as Penn State landed their four commitment of the summer earlier this week with Corner Canyon (Utah) attackman Jon King switching his commitment from Saint Joseph’s to the Nittany Lions.
One of the more “under the radar” players in the Nittany Lions’ class, King is coming off a massive, stock-raising junior season with the Chargers. Helping to lead his team to an inaugural UHSAA 1A state title, King put up a whopping 161 points off 112 goals and 49 assists. His play earned him All-State and All-American honors.
With the addition of King as Penn State’s eighth commitment in the class, the Nittany Lions now have two attackmen in the boat, four midfielders, and two defensemen.