Penn State Football added to its 2023 recruiting class Wednesday night with the addition of 4-star receiver Ejani Shakir.
Shakir announced his decision on Twitter.
The 6-foot, 170-pound Shakir caught 28 passes for 555 yards and six touchdowns for Pennsauken (NJ) High School last season. The speedster has big-play ability, averaging 19.8 yards per catch last season.
The New Jersey product contained offers from Boston College, Florida State, Miami, Pitt, Rutgers and West Virginia. Penn State is once again flexing its recruiting muscles in the mid-Atlantic region.
Shakir is the first committed wide receiver in the 2023 class for Penn State. The Nittany Lions already have two tight ends committed in Joey Schlaffer and Andrew Rappleyea.
Between the 2022 and 2023 classes, Penn State is assembling a solid group of skill position players to put around a young and promising quarterback room of Christian Veilleux, Drew Allar, Beau Pribula and Marcus Stokes, signed in 2023.
Wide receiver coach Tayor Stubblefield hopes to add 4-star Rodney Gallagher to the 2023 roster in addition to Shakir. That would give the Nittany Lions an incredibly fast wide receiver group when factoring in Kaden Saunders, Tyler Johnson and Omari Evans from the 2022 class.
With Shakir in the fold, the class of 2023 now has 12 members and rises to 3rd place in the national rankings. James Franklin is on the verge of achieving the goal of ten consecutive top recruiting classes, something that has eluded him so far during his tenure at Happy Valley.