Garrett Sickels, the Red Bank Regional football standout, has verbally committed to play at Penn State, according to reports making the rounds Monday.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound junior defensive end

is ranked as the 50th-best player in the nation. As a senior at Red Bank Regional, he had 11 sacks and 76 total tackles.

“I strongly believe in the values Coach Paterno set forth,” Sickels told Blue White Illustrated. “Really winning games with great student-athletes, competing in all the different ways they do. I really love that and I love that coach O’Brien is going to keep that going.

“I really want to be a part of the new era of Penn State football.”

He joins Ohio athlete Ross Douglas and Virginia quarterback Christian Hackenberg as the three juniors who have committed to PSU.

Sickels is the son of borough Administrator and Fire Marshall Stanley Sickels and his wife, Donna.