December 8, 2010

Kline flips from Pitt to Penn State

While most of Pitt's recruits have said they will remain committed to the Panthers, at least for now, one recruit that had given his verbal commitment to the school is not going to end up at Pitt.

Ben Kline, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker from Dallastown, Pennsylvania, flipped from Pitt to Penn State today.

Kline was obviously already interested in Penn State, as he took an official visit to the school over the weekend. That was before Pitt head coach Dave Wannstedt resigned, of course.

That sequence of events led Kline to flip from the Panthers to the Nittany Lions. Penn State is getting a talented prospect.

"I've given my commitment to Penn State," Kline said. "It happened this morning.

"The visit (to Penn State) was really fun. It seemed like a place where I can fit in. They have a reputation for doing things the right way. It was a good situation. I really liked everybody I talked to. I liked the players I stayed with and it was a situation I wanted to be a part of."

How much of Kline's decision was the coaching situation at Pitt verses the opportunity at Penn State?

"It was a little bit of both," he admitted. "I really loved the visit. I came home and I was still trying to figure out what the heck I was going to do.

"The big thing was I had a commitment to those (Pitt) coaches. I really liked the people involved in the program. If that was going to change then I didn't want to be involved."

Kline, ranked the No. 25 inside linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com, is Penn State's eighth commitment in the Class of 2011.

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