Penn State continued to see a recent surge in recruiting activity after its big home win over Michigan by getting a verbal commitment on Wednesday from New Jersey linebacker Jason Cabinda.
Cabinda had committed to Syracuse before he got a scholarship offer from Penn State recently. He is the 15th member of a 2014 recruiting class expected to eventually number 22-23 and the third to commit in less than a week - New Jersey tight end Mike Gesicki committed last Thursday, and Massachusetts running back Johnathan Thomas switched from Maryland to Penn State over the weekend.
Cabinda and Gesicki were among a crowd of around 100 recruits on hand to witness the Lions' 43-40 quadruple-overtime win over Michigan on Oct. 12.
A 6-foot, 220-pounder from Hunterdon Central High School, Cabinda fills a need for the Lions at outside linebacker; Penn State lost recent recruit Zayd Issah to off-field problems and Jared Wangler reneged on his verbal commitment when the opportunity arose to sign with childhood favorite Michigan.
An all-Group 5 and all-West Jersey first team all-star as a junior, Cabinda shined at summer camp at Penn State but wasn't offered a scholarship because of the sanctions the Lions were under at the time. Boston College, UConn, Maryland and Temple were the biggest other schools from which he was choosing. He had 732 yards rushing this season before a ruptured appendix ended his year after Hunterdon Central won five of its first six games.
Penn State already has a commitment from Delaware middle linebacker prospect Troy Reeder and is expected to try to land one more outside linebacker in this class.