You have to get up pretty early in the morning to beat Penn State in recruiting, as the Nittany Lions added a 12th piece to their powerful Class of 2018 Wednesday. And in this case, you had to get up pretty early in the morning to follow the breaking news.
Before 7 a.m. Eastern, Nittany Lion coach James Franklin put out a "#We Are…Better" tweet, indicating his program had received another verbal commitment.
It was little surprise who it was, as Manvel (Texas) defensive back Trent Gordon had announced Tuesday that he be making his final decision Wednesday morning, and Penn State was among this 10 finalists. Gordon made it official with a tweet of his own that included a video.
Gordon joins four-star safety Isaiah Humphries as Texas defensive backs in the Nittany Lions' class, which was ranked third in the nation before Gordon's decision. Prior to Humphries, PSU had not had a commitment from a Texas position player since D'Anton Lynn in 2008.
Gordon had offers from an impressive groups of programs, including LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
Here is what Scout's Gabe Brooks had to say about him:
Trent Gordon is a Power Five conference-caliber defensive back prospect who will likely play cornerback at the next level, though he's thrived as a safety in high school. Gordon looks and plays bigger than his 5-foot-11 listing suggests, and he's long and lean, giving him plenty of space to add bulk in college. Gordon plays for one of Texas' strongest Class 5A programs and will accustomed to good competition both in practice and games. He's a smart player who anticipates where the ball is going, whether defending the pass or the run. Gordon closes fast and can deliver the big hit. Those traits could also translate as a blitzer at the next level. Being a somewhat long-limbed DB, Gordon can improve his balance and lateral fluidity, but he possesses the tools to be a high-major cover man.