Penn State received its third verbal commitment from a better-than-four-star rated player and its 16th overall pledge for its 2012 recruiting class Friday morning when Massachusetts cornerback Armani Reeves (5-10, 185, 4.41) announced at a press conference at Catholic Memorial School in West Roxbury that he would accept the Lions' scholarship offer.
Reeves other finalists were Notre Dame and Michigan. Penn State was long considered Reeves' favorite, though -- his teammate, safety/linebacker Camren Williams, was one of the first recruits to commit to Penn State this season, and he and his mother, along with Williams, recently visited Penn State.
Two days ago, Penn State received verbals from five-star Chicago-area defensive tackle Tommy Schutt and four-star Wyoming Valley West receiver Eugene Lewis.
Secondary was considered a position of emphasis for the Lions' recruiting this year, and Reeves is the second defensive back to commit to Penn State, joining New Hampshire's Jake Kiley. Another spot could be filled next week by Connecticut DB Malik Golden, who confirmed to the Mirror on Thursday he'll be visiting University Park; Golden is also looking at Boston College, Iowa and UConn.
Penn State also is in the running for highly rated Jeannette safety De'metrious Cox and Norfolk's Mike Tyson.
The Lions are expected to sign 23-25 recruits in 2012.