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KJ Hamler picks Penn State

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The Spartans miss out one of their top wide receiver targets in 2017.

NCAA Football: Michigan State at Penn State Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Michigan State Spartans will not be getting KJ Hamler in 2017.

The four-star wide receiver announced Friday that he is committed to Penn State. This is a tough blow for the Spartans, who were viewed as the favorite in this recruitment for months, but the Nittany Lions surged into the lead in recent weeks.

That came thanks in large part to PSU’s shocking 11-2 season thus far, which culminated in a Big Ten Championship. That was parallel to MSU enduring one of the worst seasons the program has endured in decades at 3-9.

A 5-9, 156-pound receiver out of IMG Academy in Florida, Hamler grew up near Detroit, which helped MSU recruit and build a strong relationship with him leading up to his decision. He is ranked by 247 Sports Composite as the 309th-best prospect in the 2017 class.

Hamler also held offers from Oregon, Louisville, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Pitt, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.