As part of National Letter of Intent Signing Day, Times Shamrock newspapers’ Penn State football beat writer Donnie Collins is breaking down every member of Penn State’s 2018 recruiting class. This is a look at linebacker Charlie Katshir, who is ranked as the No. 34 outside linebacker prospect in the nation by Rivals.
School: Cumberland Valley HS
Projected position: Outside linebacker
Ranking: Three stars by 247sports, Rivals.com and ESPN
Status: Signed LOI in December; expected to enroll Summer 2018
Other offers: Boston College, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Virginia, West Virginia
Projection: Katshir starred as a receiver and safety as a senior, making 37 catches for seven touchdowns on offense and responding with 47 tackles and four picks on defense. He was a great two-way high school player, but he’s not going to be a receiver at Penn State, because he doesn’t have the speed. and he’s not going to be a safety at Penn State, because he’s too big. He’s going to need to learn how to play linebacker, and he does show some of the necessary attributes to make the move. He’s a solid tackler who plays with good leverage. He’s strong, and will get stronger in Penn State’s strength program. But, he’s a project, and he’s going to have a lot to learn about linebacker, because he’s going to be taking on linemen more often than he did at the high school level. He’ll need at least a year, and probably two, before he becomes a serious contender for playing time on defense in 2020.