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Newest Penn State football commit is recruiting Michael Van Buren to State College

The newest Penn State football commit is actively targeting Michael Van Buren, a four-star 2024 quarterback.



Penn State football commit, Michael Van Buren
Nov 7, 2020; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Keyvone Lee (24) warms up prior to the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Corey Smith is the newest 2024 class Penn State football commit and is one of the top running backs in the nation. Right now, one of the hottest topics in the world of Penn State athletics is the recruitment of Michael Van Buren, a four-star quarterback from Maryland who is currently trending for Oregon yet has the Nittany Lions in his top-3 ahead of his commitment date, set for July 8th. Today, Smith, a four-star running back commit, began publicly recruiting Van Buren to Penn State via his Twitter account.

Penn State football commit Corey Smith starting to recruit Michael Van Buren to State College

The story of Michael Van Buren’s recruitment is somewhat confusing, as Penn State has been in a back-and-forth battle with other teams. Initially, Van Buren seemed like a surefire Penn State football commit for the upcoming season, but a visit to Oregon in the spring seems to have changed things, making the Ducks the heavy favorites to land the talented young star.

With Van Buren’s commitment up in the air, it appears that Penn State football has found a potential new QB1 in the 2024 class: Samaj Jones, the top QB recruit in Pennsylvania. However, there is still plenty of time left in the recruiting process for both quarterbacks, and major developments could be on the horizon. Today, the newest Penn State football commit took to Twitter to begin recruiting Van Buren to State College himself.

This morning, Van Buren posted recruiting photos of all three of his top remaining schools: Penn State, Oregon, and Maryland. Corey Smith swiftly jumped on the opportunity to chime in, stating “That whiteout look good on you, you know where home is… WeAre.”

Should Michael Van Buren commit to Penn State football, he would become the Nittany Lions’ top quarterback in the class and would be expected to take over for Drew Allar, who could head to the NFL as soon as the 2025 NFL Draft. The competition is fierce for Penn State’s football recruiting class, and with a player of Van Buren’s caliber still available, there is little room for error in his recruitment.

The 2024 Penn State football recruiting class currently ranks as the No. 6 class nationally and the No. 3 class in the Big Ten. Unlike the other Big Ten powers, Michigan and Ohio State, the Nittany Lions are still without a sought-after quarterback commit thus far.

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