Penguins land commitments from three players

Naz Bohannon, Jacob Brown and Garrett Covington all gave verbal commitments and tweeted out their intentions in the past couple of days.

All three were in agreement — Youngstown State.

The Penguins have two more scholarships for the 2017-18 season and four available for the 2018-19 season.

Bohannon, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound small forward from Lorain High School, averaged 17 points, 9.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists en route to being Lorain County’s Mr. Basketball. He shot 51 percent from the field for the Titans.

He led Lorain to a 69-8 mark in three seasons, including a regional semifinal appearance.

Bohannon chose YSU over Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Green Bay, Kent State, Stony Brook, United States Military Academy, Brown, New Mexico and Indiana State.

The defensive end and linebacker had football offers from Iowa State, Pittsburgh, Michigan State, Yale, Cornell, Air Force Academy, Bowling Green, Ohio, Cincinnati and Ball State.

Bohannon, who plans to major in mechanical or chemical engineering, saw the academic attraction of YSU.

He carries a 3.93 GPA and will graduate from high school with an associate degree from Lorain Community College.

Neither YSU coach Jerrod Calhoun nor his staff, can comment on any recruits until they sign their National Letters of Intent. That didn’t stop Bohannon from saying the new Penguins mentor was a reason he came to YSU.

“He told me go somewhere I’m needed and really wanted,” said Bohannon, who added he’ll officially sign sometime next week. “He also made me feel at home and like he was family. We share the same passion for winning and it was a perfect match.”

Covington, a 6-4, 190, small forward, had interest from Western Michigan, UIC and UMKC. Covington is from Carmel, Ind., but spent the last season at Don Bosco Preparatory School in New Jersey.

He wants to major in business at YSU and said he’ll most likely officially sign by the end of the week.

Covington said Calhoun, and especially assistant coach Jason Slay, made YSU very attractive not only athletically, but academically. Playing an up-tempo offense and defense didn’t hurt.

“What sold me to come to Youngstown State was how great the academics are and how great the coaches are,” Covington said. “I developed a bond with coach Slay. It was the most genuine relationship that I have developed with a coach in such a short period of time. When I met coach Calhoun, I didn’t need to see any other schools. Coach Calhoun’s style of play was everything that I was looking for. I also love how family-oriented he is.

“It’s more than basketball, I can tell that all of the coaches are interested in developing us players as basketball players but also into respectful men.”

Brown, meanwhile, knew Calhoun already. The 6-8, 183 power forward from Forest Trail Academy in North Carolina made his choice over Catawba, Glenville State, Winston-Salem State University and Campbell.

Brown was committed to Fairmont State, where Calhoun coached prior to YSU. Brown decommitted after Calhoun got the job with the Penguins.

“Honestly, I have known coach Calhoun for awhile now he didn’t really have to say anything special to get me to come to Youngstown,” Brown said. “He’s a great coach and I truly believe that he is going to help me in millions of ways not just in basketball but in growing as a individual.”

He’s unsure of when he’ll officially sign.

“I can promise you this that I AM EXTREMELY EXCITED TO BE A PENGUIN,” Brown said in a text message.