Penn State made it 23 members of the 2018 recruiting class as Cincinnati product Aeneas Hawkins verbally committed on Thursday morning.
Hawkins is a four-star defensive tackle according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankins at 6-foot-3, 265 pounds.
But now that he's settled on the Nittany Lions, Hawkins should prove to be a valuable interior lineman in time.
Carving out a regular spot along the defensive line upon arrival won't be easy given the caliber of Penn State's recruiting classes each year, but Hawkins certainly has the potential to evolve into a rotational cog as his freshman season progresses.
Hawkins visited Penn State in July and could not say enough about the program.
"My visit was fantastic, to be honest", he told PennLive after the visit. "The class of '18 kids that have committed are already embracing it".
Hawkins, the son of former Bengals and University of Cincinnati star Artrell Hawkins, had narrowed his college choices to the Nittany Lions and the hometown Bearcats.