Can Nittany Lions Reel in Troutman?

Penn State currently has a pair of commitments from the Garden State in Brett Brackett and Doug Klopacz. The staff is working on landing another, that being three-star defensive line prospect Johnnie Troutman from Pemberton Township High in Pemberton.

With offers from some of the nation's top college football programs, Troutman said he is taking his time.

"It's been good, but I haven't been overwhelmed by anything," Troutman said. "I don't try to rush anything or do anything stupid."

Troutman took an unofficial visit to Penn State the weekend of the Ohio State game and came away with a very favorable impression of Happy Valley.

"It was a great experience," Troutman said. "I've never seen that many people in one place in my life. I won't ever see that again, unless I go there. It was a great experience; the fans were into the game. People up there love Penn State. The fans were nice to me."

Troutman said his top five schools, in no particular order, are Penn State, Ohio State, Virginia, Michigan State and Maryland, all of whom have extended written offers. Of those five schools, Troutman said he scheduled official visits to Penn State on Dec.2, Virginia on Jan. 14, and plans to schedule Ohio State for a date shortly thereafter.

"I'm probably going to commit maybe signing day or after I take all of my visits," Troutman said.

One question that does remain with Troutman is the position he projects to play at in college. At 6-foot-4, 270 pounds, Troutman knows he'll play somewhere on the defensive line, whether it be end or tackle. Even Troutman himself said the decision is still up in the air.

"I'm not sure yet," Troutman said. "I learn more toward defensive end, but it doesn't have to be."


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