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Penn State football earns numerous predictions to land 2024 quarterback

Penn State football is trending heavily for a 2024 Ohio QB target.

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Oct 21, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; General view of Beaver Stadium prior to the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Penn State Nittany Lions. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

This weekend, the much-anticipated commitment announcement of the top QB target in the 2024 class for Penn State football, Michael Van Buren, is expected. Unfortunately for Nittany Lions fans, all indications suggest that Van Buren is likely to choose Oregon, making it highly probable that he will not be joining Penn State. However, in light of this development, Penn State has received an influx of predictions favoring their acquisition of a new quarterback: Ethan Grunkemeyer, a three-star prospect from Ohio in the 2024 class.

Penn State football earns new insider predictions for 2024 Ohio quarterback

While Ethan Grunkemeyer may not have been the top choice for many fans during the spring, he remains a solid target for the Nittany Lions as a quarterback in the class of 2024. The current predictions indicate that Penn State is poised to secure the notable Ohio quarterback, which would bolster their recruiting class, currently ranked No. 6 overall.

Grunkemeyer, a composite three-star quarterback recruit, is ranked among the top 40 QBs in the 2024 class and among the top 20 players in Ohio. While some fans were hoping for higher-rated prospects like Michael Van Buren or Tyler Cherry, Penn State’s existing young QB depth, as well as a probable lack of interest from those players, have led them to pursue Grunkemeyer heavily.

Despite the initial reservations, Grunkemeyer has the potential to be a valuable addition for head coach James Franklin and his team. Standing at an impressive 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 190 pounds, he possesses a solid frame. Furthermore, as the recruiting class undergoes re-evaluation, there is a strong possibility that analysts may increase their opinion of the three-star QB during his final high school football season.

Significantly, two prominent recruiting insiders at 247 Sports, Steve Wiltfong and Brian Dohn, have both predicted that Ethan Grunkemeyer will commit to Penn State football. Additionally, Rivals insider Dylan Callaghan-Croley has also made a new prediction in favor of Penn State landing the 2024 Ohio quarterback prospect.

Although Grunkemeyer may not be the quarterback commit that all Penn State fans desired, particularly considering the likelihood of Michael Van Buren choosing Oregon, he will be a valuable addition to the 2024 class and fulfill a crucial need for a QB recruit — something that both Michigan and Ohio State have already addressed in their own recruiting efforts.



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