The first member of Penn State's Class of 2015 is officially on board with the program, and he will be bolstering a position of serious need for the Nittany Lions.
Wednesday marked the first day junior college prospects could sign with major-college programs, and James Franklin and his staff got a good one in 6-foot-8, 305-pound four-star offensive tackle Paris Palmer.
The North Carolina native spent the past two seasons at Lackawanna Community College in Scranton, Pa. He originally committed to South Carolina, but had a change of heart after visiting PSU for its 2014 regular-season finale vs. Michigan State.
Ranked the nation's No. 18 juco prospect by Scout.com, Palmer will have three years to complete two seasons of eligibility with the Nittany Lions.
Palmer is joining an offensive line that struggled for much of the 2014 season, and he is expected to compete for playing time as soon as he steps on the field for spring practice.
Palmer is the only juco player expected to sign with the Lions this year. Signing Day for high school prospects is Feb. 4.
Greg Powers of Scout.com offers the following analysis of Palmer:
Big and strong, Palmer is the type who can move defenders back with force. He has a great reach, as well, and because of his combination of skills he could play left or right tackle in college and should be a guy who could step in early and play. He is just well-rounded. He is a solid pass blocker and is equally adept at run blocking. He could literally be the next big thing.