Oakman on His Magic Moment

FightOnState.com caught up with defensive end Shawn Oakman to find out why he made a decision to verbal to the Lions and who was most responsible for him landing in Happy Valley.

A month ago, Kyle Carter became the first member of the Class of 2011 to commit to Penn State. Now, Nittany Lions' fans can celebrate the Fourth of July with a second verbal as Shawn Oakman declared he'd be going to school in Happy Valley.

"I was just ready," Oakman told FightOnState.com. "I had come from a visit at Pitt and went straight to Penn State. I was ready."

Oakman said he spent Sunday through Wednesday at Happy Valley at the program's summer camp. After digesting everything, he committed to the program Thursday. He said he called defensive line coach Larry Johnson first, to give him the news.

"He was on the highway – he told me he had to pull over," Oakman said. "He started yelling into the phone, celebrating. It was surreal, he was so excited."

The coach and the soon to be senior at Penn Wood in Lansdowne, Pa., have developed a tight bond, according to Oakman. He said that the positional coach was instrumental in his recruitment. Oakman had a special message to convey to his coach, along with his commitment.

"I told him we're going to make magic happen when I'm up there," Oakman said. The defensive end also said that he is going to Penn State because of Johnson.

And for the eight other programs to offer Oakman, the magic begins with a disappearing act. He said that the other schools who were finalists for his services were Pitt and Temple. Now, the decision is final.

The future is blue and white for Oakman, who said that his search for a program is over. There will be no other official visits other than a trip to Happy Valley this fall.

"It's final – I'm going to Penn State," Oakman said.

Kristian R. Dyer can be reached for comment at KristianRDyer@yahoo.com and followed at twitter.com/kdyer1012

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