St. John's Prep's Leavitt commits to Penn State

St. John's Prep junior outfielder Keith Leavitt has verbally committed to Penn State, Eagles head coach Dan Letarte told members of the Boston area media last night.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Leavitt, a Manchester resident, is one of the leading hitters this spring for an Eagles team that currently sits in first place in the Catholic Conference and has the inside track on a Division 1A "Super Eight" Tournament berth.

Letarte said he had been in contact with assistant coach Ross Oeder through the winter, before Oeder came to watch the Eagles on May 3. Leavitt and his father, Keith Sr., drove down to State College this past Friday to watch the Nittany Lions take on Indiana. Yesterday morning, after touring the facilities and meeting the coaching staff, Leavitt received an offer.

"He loved the place, and so do I and the coaches," Letarte said. "[Head coach Rob] Cooper is one of the best coaches in the country, in his first season and rebuilding. Keith will be part of that rebuilding process, and is projected to play right away. They have a Top 25 recruiting class coming in next year, and by the time Keith gets there he will be a part of something special. Great situation for him."