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Penn State football: Ethan Grunkemeyer earns ‘Recruit of the Week’ honors

The Nittany Lions unquestionably got a steal in the 2024 class.



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Over the weekend, Penn State football landed a new quarterback commitment for the 2024 recruiting class. Ethan Grunkemeyer, currently a three-star recruit from Ohio, filled a significant void in the Lions’ 2024 class. Despite his three-star rating, many have high expectations for the young QB target.

Some Penn State fans have expressed frustration over the commitment, as the Nittany Lions missed out on a few four-star prospects, such as Michael Van Buren, in favor of adding a three-star player. However, it’s important to note that star ratings don’t always perfectly reflect talent, and the Lions’ new commit is already gaining national attention.

Ethan Grunkemeyer named ‘recruit of the week’ after massive Elite 11 performance

The day after Ethan Grunkemeyer committed to Penn State football, the young Nittany Lion headed to State College to compete in the Elite 11 skills competition. There, the newest Penn State commit earned a spot in the Elite 11 finals and displayed impressive passing abilities.

According to this morning’s episode of the 247 Sports Recruiting Show, Grunkemeyer was awarded the title of ‘Recruit of the Week’ for his impressive performance, leading many to believe that he is on track to become a four-star commit.

“He looks big, he looks like a strong kid with an easy delivery who can get the ball downfield and make throws to the opposite sideline,” 247 Sports recruiting expert Blair Angulo said of Ethan Grunkemeyer. “I really like his repetition, and athletically, he can scamper past the line of scrimmage to pick up some of those tough yards … I really love his mechanics.

“I think [Grunkemeyer] will be opening up some eyes at the Elite 11 finals in LA next month.”

Penn State football has a rising star in the 2024 recruiting class

Despite currently holding a three-star recruit rating, Ethan Grunkemeyer has consistently demonstrated his high level of talent and skill as one of the top quarterbacks in his class.

It’s worth recalling that Drew Allar, who also committed to Penn State football as a three-star recruit, eventually became a five-star prospect and the nation’s number one quarterback when the class signed. While it remains uncertain whether Grunkemeyer will reach five-star status, there is no doubt that he is a hidden gem for the Nittany Lions.

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