BSD’s recruiting staff sat down for a roundtable on each prospect Penn State signed in the 2021 class. Coming in at No. 8 was three-star quarterback Christian Veilleux.
What makes you excited about Christian Veilleux?
“I feel that I like Christian Veilleux more than most do. Veilleux has a good, compact release and can get the ball out of his hand with zip. He works through his progressions well, and is very accurate in the short and intermediate passing game. He also is more mobile in the pocket than you would think.” --Marty
What worries you about Christian Veilleux?
“The arm talent can’t be denied. Penn State hasn’t taken a quarterback who can make throws like Veilleux since Christian Hackenberg. But like we saw with Hack, a talented arm only gets you so far. Accuracy is a major issue — Veilleux completed just 50.9% of his passes as a junior (though it should be noted that Dwayne Haskins had similar completion percentage issues coming from the same program). Sure, he’s asked to make some tough throws, but for a borderline four-star prospect, it’s concerning. One area that could be causing those accuracy issues is his inconsistent lower half. Even on good throws, he isn’t always stepping into the throw the way he should. Granted, he has plenty of arm strength to get the ball there, but at the next level he can’t just rely on his arm to do the work. He needs to stay light on his feet, generate power through his hips, and drive through the throw.” --Patrick
Do you think Christian Veilleux will be redshirted next season? Around what point of his career do you think he pushes for meaningful playing time?
“God, I sure hope so.” --Clay
What do you think is the most realistic outcome for Christian Veilleux: depth provider, starter, multi-year starter, all-conference, or all-american?
Clay: Depth provider
Marty: Depth provider. Prior to Kirk Ciarrocca’s dismissal I would have had him as a multi-year starter due to being a perfect fit for that offense.
Patrick: Depth provider, though he has one of the biggest differences between his floor and ceiling. Also, intangibles are so key for a QB. Tough to evaluate one without actually getting to know them.
Lastly, where do you have Christian Veilleux ranked in Penn State’s class?