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MUST-WATCH: New Penn State football commit shines during Elite 11

Take a look at Penn State’s new quarterback commit, who shinned at the Elite 11 camp today.



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Today, the renowned Elite 11 skills competition took place in State College, with numerous high-profile targets and committed prospects showcasing their talents. New Penn State football commit Ethan Grunkemeyer shone brightly today, displaying his impressive throwing abilities. Current Nittany Lion quarterbacks Jackson Smolisk and Drew Allar were also in attendance.

WATCH: Ethan Grunkemeyer has incredible arm talent

New Penn State football commit Ethan Grunkemeyer has been a hot topic as of late for a number of reasons, the most glaring being that he committed just yesterday. Additionally, the young 2024 Ohio quarterback recruit fills a major need for the Nittany Lions, one that has been talked about for months now: a quarterback commit in the 2024 class.

Despite being a three-star in the composite rankings, Grunkemeyer has a great arm and is thought to be an underrated prospect who has the potential to grow into a four-star recruit when all is said and done. If today’s highlights are any indication, Penn State football has secured a great QB with Grunkemeyer.


Grunkemeyer has been known to have an above-average arm, especially for a three-star recruit. It’s worth noting that he trains with the same quarterbacks coach as Drew Allar, Penn State’s current QB who is known for his massive arm. This connection makes a great deal of sense.

Grunkemeyer was likely not the QB that most Penn State football fans were hoping for heading into the summer. That title belonged to Michael Van Buren, who has since committed to the Oregon Ducks. Still, Grunkemeyer fills a major need and is a great under-the-radar talent for the Nittany Lions.

It’s also worth noting that Grunkemeyer still has his senior season of high school football ahead of him, meaning he has a great deal of time to grow as a passer and develop some skills before his time with Penn State football. For now, it’s clear that ‘Grunk’ has the tools needed to become a great quarterback. With more development in high school and college, the Nittany Lions are sure to have a proficient QB on their hands.

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Chris, a Penn State University student, founded Basic Blues Nation in 2022. He remains a co-owner of the website today. Throughout a six-year writing career, Chris has been a beat writer, a staff writer, an Editor-In Chief, and more, serving as a member of the credentialed media for a number of Big Ten schools. He has covered everything from non-revenue sports to CFP National Championship matchups, as well as some professional and high school sports.


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