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Penn State football commit breaks top 65 in high school NIL rankings

Penn State football commit Quinton Martin already has a major national brand.

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Nov 20, 2021; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; A detailed view of the scoreboard inside of Beaver Stadium prior to the game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Penn State Nittany Lions. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

The Penn State football NIL efforts have been gaining momentum over the past few years, although they still face significant scrutiny within the college football landscape. However, one of the newest commitments for the Nittany Lions — four-star recruit Quinton Martin, who holds the distinction of being Pennsylvania’s number one recruit — has made an impressive mark by breaking into the top 65 of the high school football NIL rankings.

Penn State football NIL rankings: Martin breaks top 65 in NIL evaluation

Quinton Martin has emerged as an undeniable force and one of the most highly sought-after prospects in the 2024 recruiting class for Penn State football.

His exceptional performance has earned him an outstanding position among the top recruits, securing the 34th spot nationally, ranking third among all athletes, and being crowned as Pennsylvania’s premier recruit according to the esteemed 247 Sports composite rankings. Martin’s commitment to the Penn State football program carries immense significance, representing a game-changing acquisition for the entire class.

While Martin is categorized as an athlete in the 2024 class, his on-field prowess is expected to shine primarily in the role of a running back for the Blue and White. The addition of Corey Smith, a highly regarded four-star running back from Wisconsin, further bolsters the team’s offensive capabilities.

Together, Martin and Smith form a formidable duo in the backfield, reminiscent of the exceptional tandem of Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen, poised to deliver a lethal combination of skills and power to the team.

Quinton Martin already signing NIL deals before suiting up for Penn State

Even before donning the iconic black shoes and basic blues of Penn State football, Quinton Martin has already secured a significant endorsement agreement under the new Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) rules.

In late April, Martin officially signed his first NIL deal with Ovation for Men, a renowned men’s fragrance company headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. This partnership marks an exciting milestone in his journey and is expected to be just the beginning of a series of lucrative opportunities as he progresses towards potentially becoming a star for the Penn State football program.

According to the ON3 NIL 100 rankings for high school football, Quinton Martin has earned an impressive position among the top 65 recruits nationwide in terms of NIL evaluation — he comes in at No. 62 in the most recent rankings.

His notable ranking is accompanied by an estimated NIL value of $182,000, a figure that is anticipated to grow steadily as he finalizes his commitment to the Nittany Lions and eventually transitions into his college football career.



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Penn State football: CFB analyst claims Nittany Lions are ready to beat Ohio State, Michigan

According to a major analyst, this could be the year for Penn State football.

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Nov 5, 2022; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Drew Allar (15) runs the ball past Indiana Hoosiers linebacker Dasan McCullough (0) during the second half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports

Rarely in the history of Penn State football under James Franklin has there been such an overwhelming sense of anticipation as there is now heading into the 2023 season. Just a year ago, fans held a wide range of expectations, but not a single soul could have predicted that the Nittany Lions would conclude the season with an impressive 11-2 record, securing a top 10 ranking and clinching a victory in the Rose Bowl against the PAC-12 Champions. A prominent college football analyst, JD Pickell of ON3, recently stated that Penn State is poised to finally surpass both Ohio State and Michigan in the Big Ten.

Hype is building for Penn State football

It is no secret that Penn State football is widely regarded as one of the premier teams in college football at present. The Nittany Lions boast an abundance of talent from last year’s roster, which was among the nation’s finest, despite losses to Michigan and Ohio State.

In order to elevate themselves to the next level and establish their position as contenders for the Big Ten title and the College Football Playoff, it is imperative for Penn State to conquer both the Buckeyes and Wolverines.

According to Pickell, the upcoming 2023 season presents a perfect opportunity for Penn State football to achieve all of these objectives.

JD Pickell says Penn State might be ready to beat Michigan, Ohio State in 2023

Here is what ON3 analyst JD Pickell had to say on his show, The Hard Count, about Penn State football and their hopes of climbing back to the top of the Big Ten in 2023.

“They’re getting a lot of hype now and for good reason,” Pickell said. “What would Penn State fans typically say going into last season? ‘Really good roster. Nick Singleton, we’re excited about him, but we just don’t know with Sean Clifford. How far can Sean Clifford take us?’”

“There was a feeling around Penn State that Sean Clifford was a really good quarterback, but was he a really great quarterback? Was he gonna be enough for you to beat Michigan and Ohio State? The eventual answer to that question was not necessarily was Penn State good enough collectively — Sean Clifford included — to beat Michigan or Ohio State in 2022.”

Pickell further highlighted key players in the Penn State football lineup, including Drew Allar, Olu Fashanu, Kalen King, Nick Singleton, and others, as compelling reasons to be optimistic about the Nittany Lions’ prospects this upcoming season.

He concluded his analysis by affirming that the necessary components for success are already in place for James Franklin and his coaching staff as they prepare for the 2023 season: all the pieces of the puzzle have come together for the Nittany Lions.

“All these things on paper are aligning for Penn State to go and slay the dragon,” he said. “To go and beat Ohio State. To go beat Michigan. That’s the mission now for Penn State.”



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2023 Penn State football coaching staff adds NFL experience to its ranks

This week, the 2023 Penn State football coaching staff added more NFL experience to its ranks.

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Nov 20, 2021; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on from the sideline during the third quarter against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Rutgers 28-0. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier this week, the 2023 Penn State football coaching staff made a notable addition with the inclusion of Ola Adams. Adams, previously an assistant with the Denver Broncos and a seasoned defensive play-caller for the Villanova Wildcats, brings valuable experience and expertise to the Nittany Lions as they prepare for their upcoming campaign.

2023 Penn State football coaching staff adds NFL experience with new hire

Under the leadership of James Franklin, the 2023 Penn State football coaching staff has undergone several minor changes, but the recent addition of Ola Adams stands out. Adams, who previously served on the coaching staff of the Denver Broncos, has joined the Penn State Nittany Lions as a defensive analyst in preparation for the 2023 season.

Adams’s background in the NFL proves to be an invaluable asset for James Franklin, especially considering the talent and potential carried by the Nittany Lions in their upcoming schedule. Before his tenure with the Broncos, Adams served as the defensive coordinator for the Villanova Wildcats at the Division 1 FCS level, which adds to his credibility as he joins James Franklin’s staff.

As an analyst, Adams’s role will not involve direct involvement in play-calling or player development. Instead, his extensive knowledge and experience will be utilized in analyzing film, scouting players, and evaluating opponents. The addition of Adams strengthens the Penn State football program with another NFL-minded individual, further enhancing their prospects.

The Nittany Lions face high expectations this season, and Adams’s presence on the coaching staff alleviates some of the pressure on the 2023 Penn State football coaching staff as they approach summer training and the opening game against West Virginia on September 2nd.



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Penn State football updates roster with new enrollees

Penn State gave us our first look at the newest additions to the Nittany Lions football team.

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April 15, 2023. Tyler Warren (44) and Theo Johnson (84) join the Penn State team in singing the alma mater following the 2023 Blue-White Game. Credit: Grace Carella // Basic Blues Nation.

Nearly halfway through the first summer session of classes, Penn State football has welcomed a slow trickle of new enrollees over the last month. Last week, the football program updated its roster with the numbers and measurables for the newest additions to the Nittany Lions football team. While the roster will likely be updated again before the start of the 2023 season, this update provides us our first glimpse at the progress made by these players since we last saw them on the field with a previous school or on the recruiting circuit.

Penn State football unveils numbers, lists heights and weights for new enrollees

Last week, Penn State updated its official roster for the 2023 season with the new enrollees who have arrived on campus recently. In addition to the four transfers who joined the team in May, Penn State also listed the eight freshmen from the class of 2023 who arrived in the last several days. The roster includes updated heights and weights for the new enrollees, as well as the number each will wear this fall for the Nittany Lions:

  • Tyriq Blanding (DT), freshman – No. 39; 6-1, 265 pounds.
  • Dante Cephas (WR), transfer – No. 3; 6-0, 180 pounds.
  • Audavion Collins (CB), transfer – No. 29; 5-11, 175 pounds.
  • Alonzo Ford (DT), transfer – No. 50; 6-2, 280 pounds.
  • Kaveion Keys (LB), freshman – No. 48; 6-2 195 pounds.
  • King Mack (S), freshman – No. 9; 5-10; 175 pounds.
  • London Montgomery (RB), freshman – No. 24; 5-10; 180 pounds.
  • Joseph Mupoyi (DE), freshman – No. 56; 6-5; 240 pounds.
  • DaKaari Nelson (S), freshman – No. 8; 6-3; 200 pounds.
  • Trey Potts (RB), transfer – No. 23; 5-9; 215 pounds.
  • Andrew Rappleyea (TE), freshman – No. 87; 6-4; 235 pounds.
  • Cam Wallace (RB), freshman – No. 26; 5-9; 175 pounds.

Some highlights of the roster update include transfer Alonzo Ford, who Penn State has listed as shorter and nearly 10 pounds lighter than Old Dominion had him last season. Incoming freshmen London Montgomery and Cam Wallace will need to bulk up to catch the rest of the running back room, with both weighing in at 180 pounds or less. Finally, Andrew Rappleyea comes in with a solid frame for an incoming freshman at 6-4, 235 pounds.

More on the way

The final pieces from Penn State’s class of 2023 will arrive on campus this summer before the start of fall camp. There are four more signees who will join the team before the 2023 season, including Jameial Lyons (DE), Chimdy Onoh (OL), Mason Robinson (DE), and Carmelo Taylor (WR).



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