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January 27, 2010

Pullium pulls the trigger

It wasn't a question of where, just of when.

The answer came on Wednesday.

Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep athlete Shyquawn Pullium has verbally committed to Penn State, becoming the 19th member of the Nittany Lions' Class of 2011.

Pullium confirmed the news with BlueWhiteIllustrated.com via text message.

"It's a great school academically, and the people there are great," he said in a text message. "I think it's just the best place for me."

The Nittany Lions recruited Pullium as a cornerback, though he played both quarterback and defensive back this season. Recruiting Coordinator Mike McQueary was his primary recruiting contact.

Pullium was the District 10 player of the year as the Ramblers took home the district title.

He threw for 1,107 yards and 15 touchdowns in addition to running for 1,507 yards and 22 scores. In his career, he accounted for 61 offensive touchdowns.

Prep fell to West Allegheny in the PIAA quarterfinals in December.

Pullium is rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, and the No. 31 overall player in Pennsylvania's postseason rankings.

He is the ninth player from Pennsylvania to accept a scholarship from the Nittany Lions. He joins defensive lineman Kyle Baublitz, linebackers Mike Hull and Dakota Royer, quarterback Paul Jones, wide receiver Alex Kenney and offensive linemen Miles Dieffenbach, Luke Graham and Thomas Ricketts.

He also held scholarships from Maryland, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Toledo.


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