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Penn State ended May on fire on the recruiting trail, and that momentum has carried over into June. The Nittany Lions landed a commitment from four-star defensive lineman Hakeem Beamon out of Virginia as the work week ended on Friday afternoon.

He is the ninth commitment for James Franklin and crew in a Class of 2019 that ranked 16th in the 247Sports Team Rankings heading into Friday. He’s the sixth commitment for the Nittany Lions in the last three weeks.

“Education and alumni [set Penn State apart], the combination of academics and football,” he told 247Sports prior to his announcement. “They really killed the Combine earlier this year and this class is doing something. Same thing with coach Franklin.”

Beamon is rated as the No. 235 prospect of the 2019 class, the 17th-best strong-side defensive end and No. 7 player in the state of Virginia, per the 247Sports Composite rankings. He owns a four-star rating and 92 overall grade from 247Sports, where he sits more than 100 spots higher in the player rankings at No. 137.

He is the No. 3 player in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the 247Sports rankings. The Nittany Lions now have commitments from the top three players in the state in the current cycle.

He visited Penn State on May 11 and added an offer from the Nittany Lions back in January. He visited for two games last fall despite being committed to North Carolina at the time.

Beamon decommitted from the Tar Heels on March 12 and holds offers from Alabama, Ohio State, South Carolina, Arkansas, Cincinnati, FIU, Marshall, Maryland, Virginia, the Hokies and West Virginia. He visited the Crimson Tide during their spring game and took a trip to Columbus in early April.

In May, he was named a top performer at the Elite 11 Regional camp in Charlotte. After his performance, Beamon was elevated to a Top247 prospect and he was selected to compete in The Opening Regionals in Dallas at the end of the month. 247Sports' Barton Simmons wrote of the young pass rusher:

"Beamon is a little bit raw but he has some outstanding physical tools with a 4.9 40 yard dash at 254 pounds some real suddenness in his get-off and really natural athletic movement skill. He’s a North Carolina decommitment that has seen Alabama and Ohio State pick up interest. He’s now a Top247 prospect."

The Lions now hold nine commitments in the current cycle. Five-star Mineral (Va.) Louisa County linebacker Brandon Smith headlines a group that also includes four-star running back Devyn Ford, Top247 offensive lineman Caedan Wallance, four-star cornerback/athlete Marquis Wilson, four-star Tyler Rudolph, dual-threat quarterback Ta'Quan Roberson, State College High cover man Keaton Ellis and the top-ranked JUCO safety of the 2019 class, Jaquan Brisker.

Earlier this month, Beamon was named as one of the 11 players most likely to become Penn State's next commit.