Penn State is on fire on the recruiting trail.

An hour after adding a commitment from five-star linebacker Brandon Smith on Monday afternoon, the Nittany Lions added a pledge from Waterbury (Conn.) St. Thomas More defensive back Tyler Rudolph. Rudolph is the eighth commitment for the Nittany Lions in the Class of 2019 and the fourth defensive back.

Rudolph snuck in a visit to Penn State over the weekend with four-star cornerback Marquis Wilson, who committed to the Nittany Lions on Sunday evening.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound prospect took an unofficial visit to Clemson in early April and then he made an official visit to Penn State, where he took in the spring game on April 21. After the trip he called it the "perfect" visit to start off his official visit schedule. He was hosted by freshman cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields.

"Coach Franklin made me feel comfortable," Rudolph said. "All of the coaches make it feel like it’s a family thing when I’m there and that’s what it’s all about.”

The Nittany Lions were the first among the group to offer when he visited for a game back in November. Penn State stopped by several times during the offseason and he camped for the staff last July. He was recruited for the Nittany Lions by Terry Smith, Sean Spencer and others. 

A four-star prospect by the 247Sports Composite rankings, Rudolph is the nation’s No. 22 safety and the No. 312 prospect overall. He is the No. 3 prospect in what is a terrific year in the state of Connecticut. 247Sports ranks Rudolph as the nation’s No. 244 prospect and the nation’s No. 18 safety.

Penn State has now picked up five commitments in the last five days, starting with Junior College safety Jaquan Brisker on Thursday evening. The Nittany Lions added four-star running back Devyn Ford to the fold on Friday afternoon Wilson on Sunday evening. Smith announced his intentions on Monday afternoon.

Penn State entered the day with six commitments in the Class of 2019 with an average ranking of 91.10, which is good for eighth nationally. The Nittany Lions ranked 27nd in the overall team rankings before Smith’s commitment.