Early National Signing Day is here as Penn State’s class begins to fill up! With the signatures coming in as we speak, the BSD Staff sat down for a (digital) discussion on what offensive players we are most excited by in the class.
Bennett: TE Luke Reynolds
It’s probably low-hanging fruit to take the highest-starzzzz recruit, but I’ll do it. Tight end has been a spot where Penn State has gotten NFL caliber talent on the field early. I think the trend continues with Reynolds, who has the kind of profile like Pat Friermuth and Theo Johnson to be a major contributor by the end of 2024 and a star in 2025 and 2026.
Chris Lucia: QB Ethan Grunkemeyer
Look, I wouldn’t be a true Penn Stater if I didn’t look at the backup QB and start salivating, right? By the time Grunk gets on campus, it’ll be 100% Drew Allar time, but the following year? Give me a showdown between Beau Pribula, Jaxon Smolik, and Grunk. Beau will be the most seasoned, but Ethan potentially will have the highest ceiling. Plus, with NIL and the transfer portal, who’s to say what QB will look like in 2025. Grunk has been shooting up the boards, and could make for an exceptionally exciting QB once he takes over.
Lando: The entire OL
Don’t get me wrong, pass catchers like Luke Reynolds are sorely needed, but I will never be glad to see a bunch of solid offensive linemen in front of whoever is under center. (Also, watching the Giants fail to protect quarterbacks or block for running backs for decades gets really old, and I would love for one of my teams to have a solid offensive front.) This quintet of gentlemen gives me hope for the future.
Ryan Parsons: ATH Quinton Martin
Martin is the type of prospect that excites you both on and off the field, as it’s hard to find a coach describing him without mentioning his huge smile and vibrant personality. The No. 1 player in Pennsylvania’s stats speak for themselves. I could see Penn State immediately using his fresh legs for a “three-headed monster” approach in the backfield. Or, maybe he’ll redshirt and get a full year of the Chuck Losey treatment under his belt.
Tim Aydin: ATH Quinton Martin
I am a sucker for the No. 1 player in Pennsylvania, especially a skill position player. Very curious to see if Martin with his explosiveness can see playing time at either running back or slot receiver.
Patrick Koerbler: ATH Quinton Martin
Like Ryan and Tim, I am going with Martin as well. He’s a big-time player that’s been extremely productive at the high school level, and will be enrolling early in Happy Valley next month. While the expectation is that he’ll be a running back, I’m interested to see if he figures into the wide receiver conversation at all this spring. At least for the 2024 season, it’s the much easier path to playing time given the Nittany Lions’ need at wideout.