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Lions pick up No. 13

New Hampton (N.H.) Prep cornerback Jake Kiley picked up the offer that he was waiting for from Penn State on Monday, and just one day later his recruitment is over.

The 6-foot-1, 172-pound prospect committed to the Nittany Lions on Tuesday, and informed of his impending decision on Monday night.

"Out of all my visits and all the schools I have been talking to, Penn State has been my top school," he said. "It's because of the combination of academics and athletics. Everybody that I talked to just told me it was a great place. Once I got the offer it really made my decision easy. As soon as I got the call today, I pretty much knew that's what I wanted to do.

"I wanted to talk to my family about it, and my mom said that I would be crazy not to take it and my dad said the same thing. So the decision wasn't really too hard."

Kiley camped at Penn State in June, and said that his offer stemmed from his performance.

"I talk to Coach Bradley or Coach Kenney like once a week, either my dad or I would talk to them, so we've been in contact," he said. "I guess they've liked me for a while, they just wanted to see me in person first, because it's New Hampshire football and all that."

He was recruited by the Nittany Lions as a cornerback, though he plays both ways in high school. Kiley doubles as a quarterback for New Hampton.

"That suits me just fine, I'd rather play defense in college just because I like to hit," he said. "Corner is kind of just natural to me. A lot of schools wanted me to play safety, so when they said corner it just felt right. We play everything up here, so I'm used to everything. I like to press guys because i have really, really long arms. I can jam guys at the line but still keep my distance. At the same time, zone coverage is so much fun because a running back can come out of the backfield and I can jump that route and you've got the safety over top."

Kiley said that he's happy to have his decision out of the way.

"It's such a big weight off my shoulders. It's nice because i don't have to think about it anymore," he said. "All the questions are done with, I'm so happy right now."

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