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Judge Culpepper

Judge Culpepper      DT | 6-4 | 275
247Sports ★★★   ESPN ★★★   Rivals ★★★★

Selected Penn State over Alabama, Boston College, Colorado, Duke, Florida, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Pitt, Purdue, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, USC, Wake Forest, Wisconsin

"Judge Culpepper is not only one of the top players (and we have had many) I have ever coached, but he is also one of the finest human beings I have ever met. He is the perfect combination of multi-faceted talent, unparalleled work ethic, insightful intelligence, generous personality and profound character. Penn State is getting a student-athlete who will make you proud both on and off the field and in and out of the classroom."

High School: Four-year letterman for head coach Robert Weiner at H.B. Plant High School...Was a two-time team captain as a junior and senior...Helped the Panthers to a 45-7 record in four seasons, including four district championships and a state runner-up finish as a junior (13-1) and a berth in the state semifinals as a senior (12-2)...Named to the Tampa Bay Times All-Tampa first team as a senior after an appearance on the honorable mention team as a junior...Garnered Tampa Bay Times All-Hillsborough first team accolades in 2017 and second team honors in 2016...Two-time all-district choice...Earned Florida All-State Class 7A second team accolades in 2016...Selected as Team MVP in 2017...Had 84 tackles and 13.0 tackles for loss, including 8.0 sacks, as a senior...Collected 56 tackles, including 30 TFL and eight sacks as a junior...Had 20 tackles and two touchdowns as a sophomore...Rated a four-star prospect by Rivals and a three-star recruit by 247Sports and ESPN...Ranked the No. 28 strong-side defensive end and No. 118 prospect in Florida by 247Sports...Ranked as the No. 15 tight end and No. 99 prospect in Florida by ESPN...Ranked as the No. 24 strong-side defensive end and No. 62 prospect in Florida by Rivals...Earned high honor roll...Member of National Honor Society...Part of the Beta Club.

Personal: Full name is Judge Broward Culpepper...Son of Monica and Brad Culpepper...Has one brother, Rex, and one sister, Honor...Father, Brad, was an All-American in football at Florida and helped the Gators to the SEC Championship in 1991...Won the 1991 Drady Trophy (now the William V. Campbell Trophy), which is known as the "Academic Heisman"...Brad played two seasons for former Nittany Lion player and coach, Galen Hall, at Florida...Brad also played nine years in the NFL, including six seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers...Brother, Rex, is a quarterback at Syracuse...Grandfather, Bruce Culpepper, and uncle, Blair Culpepper, also played football at Florida...Mother, Monica, was a contestant on "Survivor: One World" and "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"...Father, Brad, joined Monica as a contestant on "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" and also appeared on the "Survivor: Game Changers" season...Hobbies include weight lifting, reading, playing pick-up basketball, wakeboarding and riding dirt bikes...Has spent time as a summer camp counselor for kids with muscular dystrophy...Also volunteered with Feeding America and rebuilt a Little League team’s fieldhouse...Considering pursuing a career as a lawyer...Born November 24, 1999 in Tampa, Florida.

2017 Signing Day Central