Delaware tight end Kyle Carter has become the first member of Penn State's 2011 football recruiting class.
"It's always been my top school," Carter said of Penn State to the Wilmington News Journal on Wednesday. "I know it has a great tradition, for [Nittany Lion coach Joe Paterno] and the no-name jerseys, everything. Nothing better than Penn State and I would love for the chance to play there."
The 6-foot-4, 231-pound Carter, who plays for William Penn High School in New Castle, received his scholarship offer from the Lions on Tuesday. Before that, his only other offers were from Bucknell and Delaware, although Boston College, Rutgers, Maryland, North Carolina State, Temple and Virginia were showing interest.
"They all liked me, but they all wanted to see me come to camp," Carter told the News Journal. "Penn State just saw the potential and they offered me from that, which meant a lot."
Carter played primarily wide receiver during his junior season, catching 16 passes for 370 yards and three touchdowns. He was first-team all conference on offense and made second team as a defensive end.
Penn State was known to be in the market for a tight end in this class. The Lions struck out on the player believed to be their No. 1 target when highly-rated Ben Koyack of Oil City recently announced his decision to attend Notre Dame.
The Lions are believed to be bringing in approximately 15 players in this recruiting class. Penn State received a late recruit for its 2010 class last week when it signed 6-4, 310-pound Ontario, Canada offensive tackle Alex Mateas.
The Lions, though, recently lost a 2010 signee when receiver Levi Norwood, the son of former Penn State assistant Brian Norwood, asked to be released so he could play for Baylor, where his father is the defensive coordinator.
- Philip Cmor