Penn State flips pair of prospects as signing day approaches

BY Marcus Hartman • February 1, 2016

Penn State picked up two new recruits in as many days with the verbal commitments of Antonio Shelton and Daelun Darien.

Shelton went first, announcing his decision Sunday morning. 

He is a three-star prospect from Westerville (Ohio) North who previously committed to Illinois. 

Joining fellow central Ohioan Alex Gellerstedt of Dublin Coffman, Shelton is the second native of the Buckeye State in Penn State's 2016 class. 

That total matches the total Ohioans Penn State signed in the previous six classes combined. The last time Penn State signed multiple Ohioans was 2008 (Youngstown Cardinal Mooney teammates Brandon Beachum and athlete Michael Zordich). 

Head coach James Franklin also has a verbal commitment for 2017 from quarterback Sean Clifford of Cincinnati St. Xavier. 

Shelton could be viewed as a replacement for Michael Dwumfour, another defensive lineman who flipped to Michigan last week. 

Darien is a two-star receiver prospect from Paul Laurence Dunbar High in Baltimore, Md. 

He flipped from Temple and is the fifth player from Maryland to join PSU's 2016 class. 

The commitments of Darien and Shelton give Penn State 19 for the 2016 class. 

With two days until signing day, Scout ranks the Nittany Lions class 14th nationally and fourth in the Big Ten.