Offensive guard Tanner Hartman (Lynchburg, Va./Liberty Christian Academy) decommitted from Maryland and pledged his loyalty to Penn State on Tuesday night, his high school coach said.
"This one kind of played out strangely," said Liberty coach Frank Rocco, who's also a former PSU quarterback. "When he committed to Maryland, in my mind, it was over. But in that last stretch, as Penn State has gotten involved and offered and so forth, it really became more of him and his dad searching that last possibility out."
The two-star recruit becomes the 11th commit in Penn State's 2013 class, on the heels of Kasey Gaines' (Loganville, Ga./Grayson) pledge last week. ESPN recently ranked PSU's class as the nation's 24th-best -- and that was without the last two prospects.
"He's got great upside," Rocco said. "He can do a little of everything."
The 6-foot-4, 255-pound lineman committed to the Terrapins in July -- before he received an offer from Penn State. Rocco believed PSU was his top school then. But with no offer, Hartman felt pressured to make a decision.
When the Nittany Lions came calling a week or two ago, Hartman struggled keeping his commitment to Maryland.
"Apparently his father was up there on business, stopped by practice and had some dialogue with the coaches up there," Rocco said, referring to Penn State. "And that kind of led to a level of comfort, and he committed last night."
Hartman also holds offers from Temple, Liberty and Richmond.