While Penn State fell on the field to Michigan State on Saturday, it gained another member of its future squad when Burke (Va.) Lake Braddock wide receiver Matt Zanellato committed to the Nittany Lions on Saturday evening.
Zanellato committed to Penn State on Saturday evening.
"I was kind of too excited last night, so I e-mailed Coach Johnson and let him know that I wanted to commit, and he told me to give me a call today," Zanellato said on Saturday, a day after picking up a scholarship offer from the Nittany Lions. "So I gave him a call tonight, and he was talking to me about their game and my game and scheduling their home visit for me either Wednesday or Thursday, and they may want to come to my game on Friday night.
"Then I told him that I wanted to verbally commit, and he asked me if I was sure if that was what I wanted to do, and I said I was positive. He said, 'welcome to the family,' so now my recruiting process is over."
Through 12 games this season, the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Zanellato has hauled in 86 catches for 1,584 yards and 19 touchdowns. On Saturday, he had 10 catches for 140 yards and two scores in a 56-18 win over Chantilly in the state quarterfinals.
The Nittany Lions hope he can have a similar impact in Happy Valley.
"I'm not sure if I'm going to redshirt or not, but I'm looking forward to coming into camp and working real hard and maybe getting some playing time or some special teams time, who knows," he said. "I'm just excited to get out there and see what happens."
Zanellato joins Delaware tight end Kyle Carter, Philadelphia defensive end Shawn Oakman, Pennsylvania defensive end Jordan Kerner and New Jersey offensive lineman Angelo Mangiro and Anthony Alosi in the Nittany Lions' Class of 2011.
He will enroll at Penn State next summer.