Four-star wide receiver Malik McClain has officially announced his commitment to Penn State via Instagram. Nittany Sports Now had previously confirmed via a source his commitment yesterday.
Yesterday McClain had announced that he was transferring from Florida State via Twitter. His commitment to Penn State was announced on Instagram and not Twitter, but his Twitter has been reflected to his new school.
Nole Family🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/u7gOiWkLsT
— Malik McClain (@MalikMcClain11) January 17, 2023
Prior to committing, McClain was considered a lean towards Shane Beamer and South Carolina. In two years with the Seminoles, the 6-foot-4 receiver appeared in 25 games and had 33 receptions for 396 yards and four touchdowns.
McClain attended IMG Academy and was a four-star recruit in Florida State’s Class of 2021. He will have two years of athletic eligibility with Penn State.
Last week, Penn State also won a big recruiting battle to land coveted Kent State transfer wide receiver Dante Cephas. The tandem of McClain and Cephas will be two big weapons next season for quarterback Drew Allar.
Penn State is also set to return receivers such as KeAndre Lambert-Smith, who had a Rose Bowl-record 88-yard touchdown reception, and Harrison “Trey” Wallace, who stepped up late in the season after Washington went down with a season-ending injury. Last season, Penn State added Tinsley from the portal, who became the team’s No. 2 receiver behind Washington.
Getting Cephas and McClain is also solid for Penn State because the road to getting a wide receiver in the transfer portal was rocky for a while.
Penn State thought it had added to its receivers room out of the portal the night it won the Rose Bowl by landing a transfer commitment from former NC State receiver Devin Carter. But Carter flipped his commitment to West Virginia last Wednesday evening. The additions of Cephas and Malik McClain take away that sting.
The room appears to be a strength now for former five-star quarterback Drew Allar who is set to start next year after backing up college veteran Sean Clifford this past season.