Penn State stayed hot on the recruiting trail on Wednesday morning, hauling in a commitment from Flemington (N.J.) Hunterdon Central linebacker Jason Cabinda. The senior prospect was previously committed to Syracuse.
Cabinda confirmed the news with Lions247 on Wednesday morning.
"It was where I wanted to be from the beginning, and in my heart that's where I was going to go to continue the tradition of Linebacker U," he said via text message. "The situation just works out better for me. It's my life and I have chosen it, this is 100 percent final."
The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Cabinda camped for the Nittany Lions back in June, but the scholarship-strapped program couldn't offer a spot at that point. Before committing to the Orange on July 1, he has scholarship offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Navy, Old Dominion and Temple.
When the Nittany Lions lost a pledge from Jared Wangler, the Nittany Lions once again started showing interest. Penn State offered on September 29 after sending John Butler and Ron Vanderlinden out to New Jersey to see him play in person.
Cabinda visited Penn State on October 12 for the Michigan game, calling his time at Beaver Stadium 'pretty special.' He spent much of the day with fellow commits Antoine White, Troy Reeder and DeAndre Thompkins.
Carrying an 86, three-star rating by 247Sports, Cabinda is ranked the No. 23 prospect in New Jersey. He is listed as an athlete, as he is also a standout running back in high school.
Cabinda becomes the 15th member of Penn State's Class of 2014 and the third commitment since Mike Gesicki committed on Friday.
In six games this season, Cabinda has run for 732 yards and nine touchdowns. He will miss the next three weeks of the season after having his appendix removed.