Penn State Hoops Lands PA Big Man

John Harrar was once committed to play football at Army. But the athletic 6-foot-8 Keystone State native ended up having a change of heart on schools and sports.

Penn State has added some power to it suddenly growing Class of 2017.

On Sunday, Pennsylvania two-sport star John Harrar — who had once been committed to Army to play tight end on the football team — committed to Pat Chambers' Nittany Lion basketball team. UConn had also offered Harrar a basketball scholarship.

Why basketball at Penn State?

"I visited April 19,” the Strath Haven product said. "I fell in love with the campus. I felt really comfortable hanging out with the coaches and meeting the other players. Plus, being from Pennsylvania, everyone should want to go to Penn State. Great school with great academics."

Above, you can see Harrar in 17U AAU action last summer, playing for Philly Pride.

A source with knowledge of Harrar's game called him a, "tough, physical, mobile big man who can shoot it."

But he is definitely a post player.

"Coach Chambers told me I will be playing a little bit of the four and five positions," Harrar said. "I will play whatever position he wants me to play."

Harrar has not signed his Letter of Intent yet but said he will do it as soon as possible.

In the meantime, he hopes to help lure another member of the Philly Pride team to Happy Valley.

"I actually talked to Coach Chambers about my AAU teammate, Jack Clark, who just received an offer from Penn State,” Harrar said. "We have talked about playing together in college, and I think that would be great if it happens." 

Clark is a 6-6 shooting guard from Cheltenham who will be a senior next season.

Harrar is the second high school prospect to commit to Penn State in three days. Florida point guard Jamari Wheeler picked the Lions April. 28.

They join forward Trent Buttrick in this class.

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