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Penn State lands first recruit for 2011

Penn State is on the recruiting scoreboard for 2011.

Joe Paterno's Nittany Lions landed their first verbal commitment Wednesday, from tight end Kyle Carter of New Castle, Del. Carter is an under-the-radar prospect whose only other scholarship offers came from Delaware and Bucknell, although he had drawn interest from Maryland, Boston College and others, and likely would have added to his offers list after attending camps at those schools.

"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."

The 6-foot-4, 231-pound Carter fills a need for Penn State, which loses its top two tight ends from 2009, Andrew Quarless and Mickey Shuler. Andrew Szczerba, the projected starter this season, will be a junior.

Penn State was the final Big Ten team to land a verbal commit for the 2011 class.