What better way to sneak away from the Thanksgiving festivities than to watch some Penn State football recruiting highlights?
While a handful of future Nittany Lions’ playoff campaigns are still alive, most have wrapped up their years and have season highlight tapes rolling in. There’s plenty of film to go around.
Four-star running back Quinton Martin’s Belle Vernon Leopards will have another shot at a WPIAL Class 3A championship (played in Acrisure Stadium) after defeating East Allegheny 49-8.
️WE ARE— Rivals (@Rivals) November 18, 2023
4⭐️ Penn St commit QUINTON MARTIN getting ready to GO pic.twitter.com/s5qokM77OP
In just the first half of the matchup, Martin had 146 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. On the season, the in-state prospect has amassed 620 receiving yards and 913 rushing yards for 25 total touchdowns. He is now hovering around 10 yards per rush over his high school career.
Class of 2025 running back Tiqwai Hayes and the Aliquippa Quips are also fighting for a championship in the WPIAL 4A title game. After a 47-24 win over Mars, the Quips will head to Acrisure Stadium.
In the victory, Hayes rushed for 233 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries, per MaxPreps.
Why pick up only one yard on 4th-and-1 when you can go for 46? At least that’s how Tikey Hayes sees things.— Steve Rotstein (@SteveRotstein) November 18, 2023
Hayes’ big run sets up a 4-yard TD run by Cameron Lindsey, who now has a TD run and TD reception in the first half.
Aliquippa up 34-7 with 3:09 left in the half: pic.twitter.com/0hxhqf8Fnj
Tight end Luke Reynolds, who recently picked up a fifth star from 247Sports, posted his senior season highlights. He is now easily considered the best Class of 2024 prospect from Connecticut and one of the, if not the, top tight ends.
Per MaxPreps, the Cheshire Academy product logged 754 yards and eight touchdowns on 48 receptions this season.
The moment you’ve all been waiting for: four-star quarterback Ethan Grukemeyer’s senior season highlight tape.
Grunk finished his final high school season with 3,422 yards, a 67% completion rating, and 39 touchdowns to nine interceptions. He also rushed for 107 yards and three scores. His ceiling is very high and he is now considered one of the top quarterbacks in his class.
While offers continue to come in from other schools, Class of 2026 commit Messiah Mickens keeps on doing his thing. The five-star running back’s sophomore highlights are in, and it’s easy to see why he's being pursued by other programs
MaxPreps logged Mickens with 961 rushing yards, 173 receiving yards, and 17 total touchdowns this season.
While he doesn’t have many sets of public stats available, four-star safety Dejuan Lane also posted some senior season highlights. It’s easy to see that Lane is a pure athlete, and it’s no surprise he posted a 10.98 100-yard dash in 2022.