New Penn State wide receivers coach Marcus Hagans took a little while to make an impact on Penn State’s recruiting class, but he has helped land his second four-star receiver in the past three days.
On Friday evening, Class of 2024 athlete Josiah Brown, out of Holy Trinity Diocesan Prep School in Hicksville, New York, committed to Penn State.
Penn State beat out conference rival Rutgers and the defending national champion Georgia for Brown’s commitment.
Brown (6-foot-1, 175-pounds) is the top prospect in New York, the No.20 athlete, and the No. 228 player nationally, according to 247Sports composite rankings. He also runs indoor track, posting a time of 6.38 seconds in the 55-meter dash.
Brown is an athlete that plays physically on both sides of the ball, as he also plays safety for Holy Trinity Diocesan. As a wide receiver, he pays fast, and he plays with good fundamentals. Brown has the ability to make catches not only on deep balls but on contestant catches. He has sure hands and good ball skills. One area of improvement that he can work on is route-running, but that can be worked on at the college level.
Also, Brown is projected to play receiver, he has the potential to switch to defensive back if the opportunity presents itself. As a defensive back, he is a sure and aggressive tackler who embraces contact in the middle of the field.
Penn State now has 12 247Sports four-star commits in the 2024 recruiting cycle.