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Blessed & Honored: Shrader Off to Stark Vegas, While Penn State Gets Ready to Host New Jersey Lineman

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Joe Moorhead beat out James Franklin on the recruiting trail, landing Garrett Shrader’s commitment.

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My Dad Joe Moorhead Gets His QB

Three-star North Carolina QB Garrett Shrader made the call for Mississippi State yesterday, choosing the Bulldogs over South Carolina and Penn State.

This doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, as Shrader had developed a strong relationship with Joe Moorhead (who is my dad) when Moorhead was in Happy Valley, so it only made sense that it continued down in Mississippi. Penn State tried to get Shrader to reconsider when Shrader visited State College a few days back, but it obviously wasn’t enough.

The Nittany Lions are still after a second quarterback in the class, although I don’t know how pertinent the need is now that Tommy Stevens isn’t transferring. With Stevens back in the fold, that gives Penn State five scholarship QBs set to be on the roster next season, which is about the max you want to carry. Even if another quarterback decides to transfer, having four is still good depth.

Now, that’s not to say Penn State won’t push for Taisun Phommachanh. I still think the Nittany Lions would 100% take him, but outside of *Phommachanh, I’d be pretty surprised if any other quarterbacks are offered. It’s a small class to begin with, and the spot could probably be better used elsewhere.

*Just so everybody knows, I can spell his name without looking it up. No big deal to me because I’ve always been a great speller (I actually competed in three spelling bees as a kid, came in 4th place one time), but just wanted to point that out.

NJ Three-Star DL Visiting Saturday

Jayson Oweh’s high school teammate, David Ojabo, tweeted out yesterday afternoon that he would be visiting Happy Valley this coming Saturday.

I mentioned Ojabao as a potential name-to-know a few months back because he fits the bill of what Sean Spencer (and, like, every other coach in America) likes — big, tall, athletic, and the frame to add a ton of weight. He’s 6-foot-6, 245 pounds and projects as a defensive end right now, but I’d bet he eventually grows into a defensive tackle.

We’ll see if Penn State pulls the trigger this weekend, but if they do, the Nittany Lions could surge to the front for Ojabo. He currently has offers from Baylor, Nebraska, Pitt, Tennessee, and West Virginia to name a few, and has the potential to see that offer list grow like Oweh’s did last spring.

While a potential defensive tackle class of Ojabo and Jared Harrison-Hunte doesn’t offer much in the way of immediate benefits, the Nittany Lions don’t really need immediate contributors from the defensive tackle spot in this class. After taking a three-man class on the inside last year, they can shoot for higher potential guys, which Ojabo and Harrison-Hunte certainly are.