Penn State is on the board at the Lasch Bash, picking up what the staff hopes to be the first of a few commitments stemming from the event.

The Nittany Lions have flipped North Carolina wide receiver commitment Emery Simmons, a Class of 2019 speedster from Hope Mills (N.C.) South View. The three-star prospect is the 13th commitment for James Franklin in the current class.

The 6-foot, 185-pound prospect is the No. 68 wide receiver in the country and the No. 22 prospect in North Carolina according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, which rates Simmons as a three-star prospect. 247Sports rates him as a four-star prospect and the No. 250 overall prospect in the country. He’s the nation’s No. 32 wide receiver and the No. 11 prospect in the Tar Heel State.

He committed to North Carolina last month after being an Indiana pledge for three months. Duke and East Carolina had also offered and Simmons fielded interest from Louisville, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Wake Forest and West Virginia. He's the second former North Carolina pledge that Penn State has added to its class this cycle, joining defensive lineman Hakeem Beamon

Simmons caught 55 passes for 997 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior last season. He was selected to participate in The Opening Finals in Dallas earlier this month. He put together a consistent performance according to 247Sports’ Barton Simmons.

Simmons ran fast in the 40 to validate his speed but he’s also a guy that plays the receiver position with purpose and strength,” wrote Simmons. “He’s not dependent on that speed. Simmons is smooth, fluid in and out of his breaks and had a consistent day in every aspect.”

Penn State wide receivers coach David Corley offered Simmons this spring after stopping by the school in May.

"He's a game-changer," South View head coach Rodney Brewington told 247Sports’ Don Callahan last month. "Emery's one of those guys that has that 'winner' gene. He's one of those kids that wants the ball. He's just one of those kids that gets stronger as the game goes along. He's a Larry Fitzgerald -- he's that type of player. I think he's the high school equivalent of 'lob city,' because of his ability to make the one-handed catch [and] contort his body. A lot of it was athletic ability, but now the connection that him and the quarterback have with the back-shoulder throws, it's just been phenomenal.

"The one thing that I love about Emery is he's changed the culture of what hard work is in our program. When it comes to high school kids, they have to know what it looks like. Ever since Emery has come to the team, he's elevated what hard work is at South View."

The Nittany Lions entered the day with a dozen commitments in its Class of 2019, ranking 18th nationally and third in the Big Ten according to 247Sports. Five-star linebacker Brandon Smith leads the way on a commitment list in which 10 of 12 pledges are rated four-stars or higher by the 247Sports Composite rankings. The group includes three Top 100 prospects according to the composite rankings, with Smith checking in at No. 24 overall, running back Devyn Ford at No. 67 and offensive lineman Caedan Wallace at No. 90 overall.