Good "Fortt"une for Penn State

Penn State added another outstanding prospect to their stellar Class of 2010 on Monday when Stamford, Conn., native Khairi Fortt gave the Nittany Lions his verbal commitment during a 1:15pm press conference. This commitment has been a long time coming for Nittany Lion fans and we talked to Fortt about his decision.

Stamford High School athlete Khairi Fortt gave Penn State the nod over Georgia today during a press conference and gives the Nittany Lions a 6-foot-2.5, 221-pound outside linebacker with tremendous athleticism to add to their already stout class. Fortt is ranked the No. 5 player in the country at his position and will bring great speed, athleticism and coverage ability to Happy Valley. We talked to him on Sunday night to find out why he chose the Nittany Lions.

"I'll be picking Penn State tomorrow," Fortt said. "It came down to Penn State and Georgia and my visit to Georgia was what was going to determine whether I would go there or not. I just felt like the atmosphere at Penn State, the way the coaches are and the school's reputation was a great fit for me and my family. It will also be great that they can come down and see some of my games."

"I told the coaching staff that I was committing," Fortt explained. "I actually committed during the Iowa game, but I told them to keep it quiet. I talked to Head Coach Joe Paterno and introduced myself and he laughed and told me I know who you are! He talked to me briefly during pre-game and he said that he really hoped I would commit and when he found out I was committing he said he was really happy to have me and told me they'd take care of me and help me mature into a young adult there."

"The coach that recruited me was Coach Kermit Buggs, but I also talked to Coach Ron Vanderlinden a lot and they were great with me," Fortt stated. "My family and I really connected with Coach Buggs and my father and he share a lot in common so they are always talking. I like that Coach Vanderlinden isn't a yelling type of coach and is more of a teacher that treats you the right way. I really think he can take me to the next level if I work hard which I plan on doing."

Fortt talked about his relationships he has built with kids in the current class.

"I have a great relationship with Dakota Royer, Silas Redd, Kevin Haplea and all of those guys and I got to meet a lot of the rest of them during the Iowa game. I'm going to try to actually to room with Dakota, Kevin and Silas as a freshman. Silas has been recruiting me for a long time and I wasn't going to base my decision on him obviously, but having a guy from your town going there and meeting great guys like Dakota and Kevin definitely made it an easier decision."

The Nittany Lions will lose starter Sean Lee this season and could also lose Navorro Bowman to the NFL Draft a year early, so bringing in talented linebackers to provide depth and perhaps make in early impact like Fortt, Mike Hull and Dakota Royer in this class has filled a big need with outstanding prospects.

Khairi Fortt finished his junior season with 118 tackles, four fumbles caused and two interceptions. He also had six touchdowns rushing on offense. Fortt says he benches 345-pounds, squats 495 and claims a 35-inch vertical jump.

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