Junior small forward Brandon Austin (Philadelphia/Imhotep Charter) ended his recruitment on Thursday with an oral pledge to Penn State. The news was first announced via his Twitter account and confirmed through multiple sources.
Austin, a 4-star wing who was previously ranked in the ESPNU Super 60, chose the Nittany Lions over Georgetown, Rutgers, Syracuse, Villanova, Miami and Tennessee.
ESPN.com Recruiting Coordinator Adam Finkelstein watched Austin take off for Team Philly on the AAU circuit. "He's a big versatile guard who has a ton of upside," said Finkelstein. "He has the size and skill level to play all three backcourt positions, including the point, and as he continues to grow into his body he's only going to continue to get better.
"This is a huge get for Pat Chambers and his staff. To land a prospect of Austin's caliber this early in the process speaks volumes about the type of recruiting clout that Chambers carries in the greater Philadelphia area."
Austin is the second recruit in 2013 for first-year head coach Pat Chambers, joining guard Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh/Shaler H.S.).