Penn State clinched a spot in the Rose Bowl with its 49-18 thrashing of Michigan State on Saturday. The Nittany Lions also kicked off its 2010 recruiting class with a splash when Canon-McMillan junior Mike Hull made an oral commitment.
Hull (6-1, 215) held offers from Michigan, Pitt and West Virginia, among others and was recently ranked among the Rivals 250 to Watch for the 2009 high school football season. He was recruited by Nittany Lions defensive coordinator Tom Bradley as either a linebacker or a safety.
Injuries limited Hull during his junior year, but he still rushed for 803 yards and six touchdowns going against one of the toughest schedule's in Class AAAA. Hull was a first-team all-conference selection as a freshman and sophomore and had more than 100 tackles in each of his first two varsity season.
As a sophomore, Hull led all WPIAL Quad-A rushers with a single-season school record 1,300 yards during the regular season.
Hull's father Tom Hull played linebacker at Penn State.