Recruiting & Scouting

Former Orchard Lake St. Mary's standout K.J. Hamler commits to Penn State

Football   | Jeff Dullack

Former Orchard Lake St. Mary's standout K.J. Hamler commits to Penn State

On Friday afternoon, former Orchard Lake St. Mary’s wide receiver and defensive back K.J. Hamler committed to Penn State.

Hamler spent the first three years of his high school career playing for St. Mary’s, helping lead the Eaglets to two state titles as a sophomore and junior. In the 2015 Division 3 State Championship game, Hamler recorded four catches for 63 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Eaglets past Chelsea.

Hamler would transfer to IMG Academy in Florida for his senior season, but did not manage to see the field after suffering a knee injury in August.

During the recruiting process, Hamler collected 26 offers, including offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Oregon, Tennessee and Wisconsin, before choosing to go to Happy Valley.

When healthy, the 4-star recruit has proven he can play on offense or defense as well as special teams. With the type of speed, quickness and elusiveness that the 5-9 Hamler can be a difference maker instantly on special teams and should be a difference maker on the offensive side of the ball as well.

St. Mary's is no stranger to sending receivers to Happy Valley, former star receiver Allen Robinson played for Penn State from 2011 through 2013 before being drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Robinson was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2015.