Welcome to Black Shoe Diaries' coverage of National Signing Day 2016. Our goal is to make sure that you know everything you need to know about every member of Penn State's 2016 recruiting class, including what fans should expect from them, some highlight tape and more. We truly appreciate you taking the time to follow along with our coverage of all things Penn State recruiting-related over the past year, and we can't wait to continue to ramp up our coverage for 2017. So whether you've been reading the site for years, or a first-time reader who just stumbled upon Black Shoe Diaries, we hope you stick around.
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Sure, it came down to Penn State and Duke for 4/5-star PA offensive lineman Michal Menet, but during his commitment ceremony on May 29 at Exeter Township High School, everyone knew he was going to pick the Nittany Lions. When he did, it marked the most important recruit signed by James Franklin during his time as Penn State's football coach. For the last two years, the Nittany Lions have struggled on the offensive line, and now the team adds one of the top two players in Pennsylvania who not only plays on the line but can make an impact right away? Yeah, that's a big get.
|High School||Exeter Township (Pa.)|
|Positional Rank||#28 player overall, #1 offensive guard, #2 player in Pennsylvania|
|Commitment Date||May 29, 2015|
The main reason that you see linemen take some time before they contribute is that they lack polish. They may be big or strong or something, but they aren't exactly refined prospects. That's what makes Menet so special – outside of a need to put on some weight, he's as polished of an offensive lineman coming out of high school that you'll ever see. He's able to play at either guard or tackle spot, and with his unusual mix of ability right now and upside, Menet can be a consistent member of the Nittany Lions' offensive line for years to come.
Penn State's offensive line likely won't be a group of world beaters this year, and there's a legitimate chance that we see Menet early and often. If he's able to get into school, put on some weight, and adapt to the speed of the college game, there really isn't any reason for Menet to ride the pine in 2016.