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New Penn State QB commit has many similarities to Drew Allar

Penn State’s new quarterback commit has a few notable similarities to Drew Allar.



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Yesterday was a significant day for the Nittany Lions’ recruiting efforts in the 2024 class as they finally secured a quarterback. Now, upon reflecting on this new commitment, several similarities have been discovered between Penn State’s new QB commit, Ethan Grunkemeyer, and the current rising sophomore, Drew Allar.

New Penn State QB commit background

Ethan Grunkemeyer, a highly regarded three-star quarterback according to the ON3 Rankings, is poised for the upcoming 2024 season. Among quarterbacks in his class, he currently holds an impressive No. 23 spot, highlighting his talent and potential. Additionally, Grunkemeyer is widely recognized as the No. 13 recruit in Ohio, further cementing his status as a promising player in the state.

Three-star commits

When Drew Allar, an eventual five-star and top QB in his class, committed to Penn State football, he was initially rated as a three-star, just like Grunkemeyer. This isn’t to say that the new Penn State QB commit will automatically become a five-star prospect, but many believe that his ranking will continue to rise as the class is re-evaluated. Grunkemeyer is known for possessing an impressive arm and is considered by some to be one of the most underrated recruits in the region.

Same QB coach

I mentioned this yesterday, but it’s worth emphasizing again that Drew Allar and the new Penn State QB commit, Ethan Grunkemeyer, train under the same quarterbacks coach. This shared coaching connection could prove advantageous for the Penn State Nittany Lions as they enter the Drew Allar era in State College. If both quarterbacks undergo similar development and training, it will facilitate a smoother transition for the offense if Grunkemeyer eventually takes over for Allar in the future.

Ohio quarterbacks

Similar to Drew Allar, the newly committed Penn State QB is also a recruit from Ohio. This has become a noticeable trend for Penn State football in recent years. Throughout the James Franklin era, the Nittany Lions have consistently secured regional QB commitments. In fact, this upcoming fall will mark the fifth consecutive season that an Ohio QB will be leading the offense for the Nittany Lions. If Grunkemeyer eventually takes over in the future, he could potentially extend this streak to three consecutive Ohio QBs at Penn State.

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