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Future Lions earn Big 33 nod

At this point, Penn State's Class of 2013 features five players from the Keystone State. Two - Cedar Cliff tight end Adam Breneman and Valley Forge Military cornerback Anthony Smith - enrolled at University Park earlier in the week. On Saturday, two of the remaining three scholarship players and one future 'run-on' prospect were selected to represent Penn State in the annual Big 33 Classic in June.

Andrew Nelson and Zayd Issah will represent Pennsylvania in the Big 33 game in June.

Hershey offensive tackle Andrew Nelson, Central Dauphin linebacker Zayd Issah and State College offensive lineman Evan Galimberti will represent Pennsylvania against Maryland at HersheyPark Stadium on June 15.

Penn State commitment and Council Rock North defensive end Curtis Cothran was passed over by the selection committee. Cothran was a first team all-state selection in Class AAAA this season.

It is the first year of a new five-year agreement between Pennsylvania and Maryland. Ohio, which has faced Pennsylvania since 1993, won last year's contest, 50-14. The Buckeye State had won three straight contests against its Keystone counterparts.

Nelson was a third team all-state selection by the Pennsylvania Football News as a senior. He played both ways and helped lead Hershey to a 6-5 record in 2012.

The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Nelson committed to the Nittany Lions in April over scholarship offers from Maryland, Missouri, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Temple and others. He is rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports and lands at No. 189 in the Top247 for the Class of 2013. He is the No. 7-ranked prospect in the state in the class and the No. 15 offensive tackle overall.

Issah committed to the Nittany Lions back in June, but opened up his recruitment in the wake of NCAA sanctions on the program in August. He considered Arizona State and Oregon, among others, but ultimately recommitted to the Nittany Lions before departing from his official visit in December.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Issah was named a first team all-state selection as a senior after leading the Rams to 10-3 season in 2012. Though he did not duplicate the production of his junior season, after which he was named the co-State Player of the Year in Class AAAA, Issah fought through injuries to record 80 tackles and 6.5 sacks. He added 10 touchdowns on offense as well.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Galimberti pledged as a 'run-on' in December, after helping lead State College to a District 6-9 Class AAAA title. The Little Lions finished 9-4 on the season.

Galimberti was a first team all-Mid Penn Commonwealth selection as a defensive lineman and a second team pick as an offensive lineman as a senior in 2012.

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