As we mark 57 days until the Nittany Lions take the field at Camp Randall, we examine an intriguing offensive line prospect with loads of upside.
Ibrahim Traore came to Penn State as a three-star recruit and a member of the 2020 recruiting class out of Frederick Douglas Academy in the the Bronx, New York.
There, Traore was a standout player not only on the football field, but also on the lacrosse field, where he lettered three times.
Now, I don’t know if you guys know much about lacrosse, but you don’t see many 6-foot-5-inch, 326-pound guys sprinting around the field. So it’s fairly safe to say that Traore has some pretty uncommon athleticism and agility for a guy his size.
How those abilities translate are yet to be seen as Traore did not see the field as redshirt player in 2020, but they’re attributes that you want in a potential starting left tackle. Offensive line coach Phil Trautwein has a strong recent history of turning under-recruited, highly skilled players into all-conference and all-american selections and if Traore is able to pick up the finer aspects of the position, he could translate those skills into becoming an elite blind-side blocker.