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Penn State Football scores major commitment from sought-after 4-star RB with blazing speed

2024 four-star composite running back Corey Smith out of Waukesha, Wisconsin committed to Penn State Football on Friday afternoon via twitter.

Smith is a composite four-star prospect that ranks 220th nationally and 3rd in the state of Wisconsin. Smith committed to the Nittany Lions over offers from Boston College, Notre Dame, and Michigan State, among others.

In addition to playing football, Smith runs track at Catholic Memorial high school in Wisconsin where he ran a personal best 11.10 in the 100 meter dash in 2022. With his track background, Smith should bring plenty of speed with him to Happy Valley.

Smith’s commitment brings Penn State’s 2024 class to 13 members.

Head coach James Franklin’s class now contains three of the top four prospects from the state of Wisconsin in Smith, Donovan Harbour, and Garrett Sexton, all committing in the month of April.


Franklin’s team is capitalizing on the new staff at Wisconsin’s slow start to in-state recruiting. In Penn State’s running back room, Smith will join in-state, four-star composite athlete Quinton Martin, who is expected to play running back at Penn State Football.

With 13 total members, Penn State’s 2024 recruiting class remains 5th in the country. 

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Robert Casturo

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.