Height/Weight: 6-foot-6, 312 pounds
Hometown/High School: Olney, MD (Good Counsel)
Ranking: ★★★★ (0.9771 247Sports Composite)
Notable Offers: Alabama, Florida, LSU, Ohio State, and Notre Dame
Breaking out as an elite prospect after his freshman high school season, Tengwall has been in the recruiting focus for quite some time. His first recorded visit to Penn State came on November 11, 2017, when he visited the Nittany Lions for their game against Rutgers. To just hammer home how long ago that was, Penn State has a different offensive coordinator, QB coach, RB coach, WR coach, TE coach, and OL coach since that visit took place — literally every offensive assistant coach that Tengwall met on that visit, is no longer with Penn State. The way of college football, folks.
Anyway, Tengwall has since been a familiar face in Happy Valley, visiting State College seven more times since then. Although Penn State might not have been the outright leader throughout (there was a stretch where the Fighting Irish really came on strong), it has been clear for a couple months now that it would take
a global pandemic a lot to pull Tengwall away from Penn State.
As it turns out, quarantine time was enough to convince Tengwall to make the call, as the Top 100 OT announced his commitment to Penn State on Rivals.
Usually when we do the “outlook” for an offensive lineman, it’s an easy “definite redshirt year.” That’s not the case with Tengwall, though. First and foremost, he’s about as put together as a 312-pound 17-year-old could be. Simply put, he already looks like someone that has spent months and years in a college weight room:
Just as importantly though, Tengwall’s film matches his physical development and build. He’s as technically sound as just about any offensive lineman in the country. It’s very clear he’s been coached up extremely well — strong at the point of attack, great balance, tremendous footwork, and very little wasted movements. He lacks top-tier length and maybe doesn’t pop as an elite athlete, but he’s someone who has the tools to play both OT and OG at the next level.
We’ll see whether Tengwall enrolls early and where Penn State is at with its offensive line in 2021, but I really do think Tengwall will be in the mix for playing time right away. Special player, special talent, and a fantastic get for new offensive line coach Phil Trautwein.