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Penn State lands two blue-chippers

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Pennsylvania's Lewis and Illinois' Schutt commit

Wyoming Valley West's Eugene Lewis, one of the top prospects in the state of Pennsylvania, was one of two elite recruits to commit to Penn State on Wednesday.

Lewis, 6-2, 180-pounds, joined Illinois defensive tackle Tommy Schutt, 6-3, 310-pounds, as the Lions 13th and 14th recruits in their 2012 class.

After catching 31 passes for 972 yards and 9 touchdowns as a sophomore at Wyoming Valley, Lewis played quarterback as a junior and almost 2,400 yards and 30 touchdowns in the air and on the ground. He expects to play quarterback again as a senior, but projects as a wideout for the Nittany Lions.

"I wanted to get it over with now so that I can focus on the season," Lewis told the Times Tribune of Scranton. "Joe Paterno was the first person I told. He said it was great to have me and to be ready.""

Lewis had well over 20 scholarship offers, including ones from Oregon, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Michigan State, Illinois, Pitt, Virginia Tech and South Carolina.

Schutt, of Glenbard West High School, is considered by several recruiting services as the best player in Illinois.

He was ready to commit to Notre Dame last week, but hours before he planned to notify the Fighting Irish staff, head coach Brian Kelly pulled Schutt's offer. Michigan head coach Brady Hoke had also pulled the Wolverines' offer only hours before, leaving Schutt open to commit to Penn State.

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