Curtis Drake, a 6-foot, 175-pound quarterback from West Catholic High, gave Penn State an oral commitment during a visit yesterday.

Drake said that he had all but made up his mind before yesterday's trip but made the trek to State College for the sake of his mother, Schante Smith Roberson, and his stepfather, Robert Roberson.

They met with Drake's recruiters, assistants Ron Vanderlinden and Mike McQueary, and head coach Joe Paterno. At the conclusion of the meeting, Drake informed them of his decision.

"I just liked everything about the school," said Drake, who had an offer from Northwestern and was attracting attention from Georgia Tech and Maryland. "I've already been up two times before and just felt comfortable."

The senior has led the Burrs to two straight Catholic League Blue Division championships. And though he said Penn State coaches assured him he'd have a shot at playing quarterback, his future is likely at wide receiver.

"I'd rather be a quarterback," Drake said. "But if I have the opportunity to get on the field faster as a wide receiver, I'm fine with that."

Drake plans to announce his decision tomorrow in an 11:30 a.m. news conference at West Catholic. He is the 12th recruit from the Class of 2009 to make a commitment to the Lions.

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