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Buchholz makes the call

Malvern (Pa.) Great Valley defensive end Ryan Buchholz knew that it was inevitable. After picking up a scholarship offer from Penn State on Signing Day, it would only be a matter of time before the three-star prospect was a Nittany Lion.

Buchholz committed to Penn State on Monday.

On Monday, just over one week after visiting for Penn State's first Junior Day the dream became a reality. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Buchholz committed to head coach James Franklin.

"It's just everything," he told Lions247 before the visit. "How close it it, the coaching staff. I even told Coach Franklin last time that I wasn't as comfortable with the last staff, but with his staff I feel more comfortable and a lot better with them.

"It's just a combination of everything, basically."

Buchholz chose the Nittany Lions over scholarship offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, UConn, Duke, Illinois, Maryland. Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Vanderbilt, Virginia and West Virginia.

Buchholz recorded 70 tackles and 10 sacks as a junior in 2013. He was a second team all-Southeastern Pennsylvania selection, in addition to being an all-league pick.

He was recruited for the Nittany Lions by wide receivers coach Josh Gattis and defensive line coach Sean Spencer.

Buchholz is rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports, landing at No. 15 in the Pennsylvania state rankings in the class of 2013. He's the No. 27 strong-side defensive end nationally.

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