Penn State wrestling gets verbal commitment from 3-time California heavyweight champion Seth Nevills
As if Penn State’s wrestling recruiting class of 2018 wasn’t good enough, it just got better.
Seth Nevills, a three-time California state champion at heavyweight, said Friday on Twitter that Penn State will be the place for him. He is unbeaten through three seasons in the Golden State, one of the country’s better wrestling states.
His brother, Nick, is currently the Penn State heavyweight, and he has two years of eligibility remaining. If Seth Nevills redshirts, as expected, the two brothers would not have to face each other in earnest.
Another Nevills brother, A.J., who had been working out with the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club, opted to return to California and enroll at upstart Fresno State with coach Troy Steiner. And a fourth Nevills, Zach, was an NCAA qualifier as a senior for Stanford in March.
Seth, who is the country’s second-ranked heavyweight and 10th-ranked wrestler overall in the Class of 2018, joins Gavin Teasdale of Jefferson-Morgan, Travis Wittlake of Oregon and Joe Lee of Indiana on the Class of 2018 recruiting list. Roman Bravo Young of Arizona also has committed but it’s not yet known how solid his commitment is. These wrestlers can officially sign in November.
Seth was in the crowd with his family in St. Louis, watching brother Nick place fifth for Penn State at heavyweight in the 2017 NCAA championships. Seth already had won his third California title by then.
Seth recently defeated PIAA heavyweight champion Brandon Furman of Canon McMillan 8-0 in the Flo Senior Nationals tournament. Furman is ranked 16th nationally and his headed to Cornell.
He is also a high-quality lineman for Clovis High’s football team, but will ignore any college offers for that sport.
Penn State is still in the hunt for juniors Gavin Hoffman of Montoursville and Michael Beard of Malvern Prep, both 195-pounders. Beard had committed to Northwestern but reneged on the commitment.