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Penn State's run on New England defensive backs continued on Wednesday with a verbal commitment from Cheshire (Conn.) Academy cornerback Malik Golden. The three-star prospect became the Nittany Lions' 17th commitment and visited campus last Friday.

"I have committed to Penn State," he said.

The 6-foot, 185-pound prospect joins Massachusetts cornerback Armani Reeves and New Hampshire corner Jake Kiley in the Nittany Lions Class of 2012. Golden chose Penn State over scholarship offers from Boston College, Connecticut and Iowa, among others.

Penn State assistant coach Kermit Buggs recruited Golden as a cornerback, but other schools also liked him as a wide receiver. He was offered by the Nittany Lions at their summer camp in June.

Golden caught 48 passes for 680 yards and five touchdowns as a junior, and also added over 700 yards on the ground. He returned both a kickoff and an interception for a score in 2010.

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