Jimmy Christ was going to wait until next week to announce he flipped his commitment from Virginia to Penn State, but in a sped up world of recruiting, Christ accelerated his announcement.
A few hours after announcing his decommitment from Virginia on Friday afternoon, the 6-foot-7, 295-pound offensive tackle from Sterling (Va.) Dominion announced he is now part of the Nittany Lions’ 2020 class.
It came a day after Penn State coach James Franklin hinted at another commit in the 2020 class, with the inference being it would become public in a few days.
However, after Christ decommitted from Virginia, it gained traction Franklin was hinting him. Although Christ did not make an official visit to Penn State in the spring – he officially visited Virginia, Notre Dame and Oklahoma – he did make several unofficial visits and enjoyed his time on campus.
“We were trying to take an official visit to Penn State (in the spring), but the days didn’t work out,” Christ said in late April. “We’ve been up there plenty of times, so don’t just think about how a school treats you on an official visit because a lot of schools will be really nice on official visits. Think about the unofficial visits and how you were treated and how they compare to the other official visits.”
During a visit to campus in spring for a practice, Christ hit it off with Nittany Lions offensive line coach Matt Limegrover. The two spoke about development and technique and it resonated with Christ.
“Coach Limegrover watched my film with me,” Christ said at the time. “(Limegrover) gave me good teaching on what I do well and what I should work on.”
Although he was committed to Virginia, the Nittany Lions coaching staff remained in contact with Christ and were able to flip him.
Christ’s decision gives Penn State 28 commitments in the class, and there is a heavy emphasis on the offensive line.
With Christ on board, he joins offensive tackle Olu Fashanu of Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga, offensive tackle Ibrahim Traore of New York Frederick Douglas, offensive tackle Devin Willock of Paramus (N.J.) Catholic, offensive guard Golden Isreal-Achumba of Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha and offensive guard Nick Dawkins of Allentown (Pa.) Parkland in the class.
With Christ on board, Penn State is flexing its muscle in Virginia. He is the fifth player from the state to commit in the 2020 class, joining Norfolk (Va.) Maury receiver KeAndre Lambert, Colonial Heights (Va.) Life Christian cornerback Joseph Johnson, Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal safety Elijah Gaines and Mechanicsville (Va.) Atlee athlete Tyler Warren.
Christ’s commitment puts Penn State at No. 13 in the nation in the industry-generated 247Sports Composite team recruiting rankings, and No. 3 in the Big Ten.