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Meet The 2018 Class: Three-Star OL Bryce Effner

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Taking a prospect-by-prospect look at Penn State’s elite 2018 recruiting class.

Bryce Effner

Bryce Effner visited Penn State for a spring practice back in March, and despite only having two other Power Five offers (Kansas and Kansas State) at the time, the Nittany Lions offered the Illinois big man a few days later. Effner sat on the offer for a couple weeks, but made the call for the Nittany Lions on May 6th.


Position Hometown High School Height/Weight 247Composite Rank
Position Hometown High School Height/Weight 247Composite Rank
Offensive Tackle Aurora, IL Metea Valley 6-foot-5, 280 pounds Three-star (0.8709)


Scouting Report

At 6-foot-5, 280 pounds, Bryce Effner has an impressive build, and the frame to hold more weight. He already has a good base, and shouldn’t need too much time to re-shape his body once he enrolls in Happy Valley.

Effner doesn’t standout in any one area, but he doesn’t have any glaring flaws either. He’s a good athlete for his size and displays the ability to bend, but probably doesn’t quite have the athleticism to play left tackle. He’s at his best in run blocking, where he flashes balance and the willingness to finish blocks.


If you’ve followed Penn State recruiting during James Franklin’s tenure, you know how much he loves prospects with positional versatility. Effner certainly fits that bill, as he could play any spot on the offensive line other than left tackle. I think Penn State will try him out at right tackle first, but a move to guard or even center isn’t out of the question.