Penn State Football

Penn State Football Recruiting Flips 4-Star Linebacker

Penn State Football, and head coach James Franklin added a sixth commitment from the state of Virginia, strengthening a recruiting pipeline Friday.

Kaveion Keys, a 4-star linebacker out of Richmond, Virginia, has committed to Penn State. Keys, 6-foot-3 205lbs, held at least 16 offers from schools including Auburn, UNC, Florida, and Virginia Tech. Keys backed off his commitment to UNC on December 8th, where he was committed to since August. Keys officially visited Penn State in June before committing to UNC.

Keys chose Penn State Football over North Carolina and Virginia Tech (where he was recruited by former Penn State Defensive Coordinator Brett Pry).

The Nittany Lions now hold commitments from six of the top 11 recruits from Virginia, a State that the staff has prioritized in recent years.


Keys is the third 4-star linebacker commit in the 2023 class for Penn State, joining Tony Rojas out of Fairfax, Virginia and Ta’Mere Robinson out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The three commits make up one of the better linebacker hauls in the country for the 2023 class and should continue to build the strong reputation of Penn State as “Linebacker U”. 

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Expertise: College Football, Penn State Football Education: Saint Vincent College, Penn State Law School Location: Washington, DC Experience: Robert Casturo has covered Penn State football for NittanyCentral since 2022. Casturo previously covered Penn State football through a social media presence (@PSU_FB_Thoughts on X) since 2019. Casturo earned his bachelor's degree from Saint Vincent College in 2015, where he was a punter for 1 season on the Saint Vincent College football team and worked in the athletic department for 2 years as a student manager. Casturo earned his JD from Penn State Law in 2018 where he was a senior editor of the Penn State Law Review.