Penn State just landed itself one of the top high school quarterback recruits in the nation -- and it couldn't have come at a better time.
Virginia's Kevin Newsome, highly regarded as a runner and a passer, made his official announcement from a sports bar in Portsmouth, Va., on Tuesday evening. He choose the Nittany Lions over Virginia Tech and Boston College -- after decommitting months ago from Michigan.
Just last week the Lions lost their No. 2 QB, promising redshirt sophomore Pat Devlin, who decided to transfer to find more playing time.
Now, Newsome, who will enroll early in college next month, expects to be the top backup from the start.
"It's a huge catch," said Tom Lemming, a national recruiting expert for CBS College Sports. "I believe he's one of the best players in the country.
"He's a big, thick kid with a real good arm and can run himself out of trouble. ... He can run through tackles, he's got a powerful arm, and he makes good decision. He's a smart guy. He does everything well."
Newsome is 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds and is rated as a four-star talent out of five by most national recruiting services. He spent his senior season at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia after a junior season at Western Branch High where he threw for 12 touchdowns and ran for 11 more.
He also is a track star, excelling in sprints and hurdles.
"He's a guy with a very high ceiling, with a lot of potential," said Mike Farrell of Rivals.com.
"If they didn't get him in this class, it wouldn't have been good."
Newsome is Penn State's 22nd recruit of its class, which will be finalized in early February -- and the Lions' first quarterback recruit since 2006.
A few of the biggest high school stars still considering Penn State include Maryland linebacker Jelani Jenkins, Delaware receiver Justin Brown and Virginia athlete Antone Exum.
Jenkins is regarded as one of the top high school defensive players in the country and is also strongly considering Florida.
Four more All-Americans: The Associated Press honored Penn State defensive end Aaron Maybin, center A.Q. Shipley, wide receiver/kick returner Derrick Williams and guard Rich Ohrnberger as All-Americans on Tuesday.
Maybin was named to the AP first team, Shipley to the second team and Williams and Ohrnberger as third-teamers.
Maybin and Shipley also were named second-team All-Americans on Tuesday by SI.com. and already had collected All-America honors from the Football Writers Association of America and the Walter Camp Foundation. Williams was named to the Walter Camp second-team.
Maybin emerged as one of the nation's top pass rushers, fourth nationally with 12 sacks and sixth with 19 tackles for loss. Shipley was named the Big Ten's offensive lineman of the year and also recently won the Rimington Award as the nation's top center.