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Penn State Lands Skilled 4-Star DT Randy Adirika

Randy Adirika
Courtesy Randy Akirika

In what’s potentially shaping up to be a huge recruiting week, Penn State has received a commitment from 2025 4-star defensive tackle Randy Adirika.

This is a huge get as James Franklin and Penn State were able to go into Florida beat out Miami, Fla. for this elite prospect, along with beating out USC, the other team in his top three.

The 6’4″, 265-pound Adirika is rated by Rivals.com as the No. 6 defensive tackle and the No. 132 overall prospect in the Class of 2025. Aside from Penn State, USC and Miami, Adirika held offers from Auburn, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Pitt, Rutgers, Tennessee, Central Florida, USC and West Virginia.

Following his official visit to State College on June 14th, Nittany Sports Now talked with Adirika about his initial visit to Penn State.

“I liked what I saw in terms of Penn State’s campus, their football facilities and it felt like a college town,” Adirika tells NSN. “It was cool, and it wasn’t too crazy, and I could really have the chance to concentrate on football.”

Randy Adirika

Courtesy Randy Adirika

“The players on the team really got along well. They messed around with each other and had a good time with each other. After practice, they hung out with each other, they eat together and really got along. I know that if I pick Penn State, I’d like it and I wouldn’t be distracted by anything.”

Along with enjoying themselves, a huge part of an official visit for any player is to try and learn as much and ask as many questions as they have about their possible new home and football program. Adirika came prepared with some things he wanted to find out about the Nittany Lions program.

“I needed to know more about their defensive philosophy,” said Adirika. “What their defensive tackles do and what their defensive philosophy is built off of. I was able to have great conversations with their defensive line coach about football and non-football stuff. It was also important for me to try and really get to know their defensive staff.”

Adirika was pursued by a number of top programs and explained why Penn State caught his eye.

“Definitely, it was them being so consistent with them showing that they want me. That played a role in it along with the way that they offered me. They came to a practice of mine and watched me work. It wasn’t like one of those offers that teams just throw at a player. Those were the main things for me. Those things really showed me that they were serious about me and that they really wanted me there.”

Adirika becomes the 22nd member of Penn State’s Class of 2025 and the third player from Miami (4-star quarterback Bekkem Kritza and 3-star defensive back Antonio Branch, Jr.).

More importantly, he becomes the first defensive tackle in this class.

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