Offensive lineman Alex Gellerstedt was the eighth commit of Penn State’s top-20 2016 recruiting class, committing in May of the previous calendar year, well before the Nittany Lions’ resurgence. Gellerstedt had a slew of Power 5 offers and instead chose to come to Penn State from Ohio, part of James Franklin’s refocus on offensive line talent.
As with most linemen, Gellerstedt redshirted his first year in Happy Valley, sitting watching his team win the Big Ten championship in 2016. As soon as his redshirt year was over, Gellerstedt saw time on the field, appearing in seven games as a redshirt freshman last season, predominantly on special teams.
Gellerstedt has gained a ton of size since setting foot on campus, now tipping the scales at over 300 pounds. Though not slotted as a starter at this point, with a ton of experience in front of him on the depth chart, he’ll provide key depth at tackle, and looks to be a key backup on the line.