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No. 1 QB in the nation, top overall recruit for 2025 to attend Penn State White Out

The No. 1 QB in the nation and the top overall recruit for 2025 will be in Happy Valley for the White Out this weekend.



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Belleville quarterback Bryce Underwood (19) calls for a snap against River Rouge during the first half of Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State University's Tom Adams Field in Detroi on Friday, August 25, 2023.

The White Out is always one of the biggest games of the year, both on and off the field, for Penn State football. Each year, the top recruits in the country flock to Happy Valley to take in one of the greatest atmospheres in sports, as well as usually one of the most anticipated matchups of the college football calendar. This weekend will be no different when No. 7 Penn State takes on No. 24 Iowa in front of a White Out crowd. The list of top recruits making their way to State College has grown by the day; however, the marquee visitor may have just been added to the list. Wednesday afternoon, it was confirmed that Bryce Underwood, the No. 1 QB in the nation for the class of 2025, will be attending the Penn State White Out.

No. 1 QB in the nation for 2025 to attend Penn State White Out

Almost unanimously, Bryce Underwood is evaluated as the best recruit in America for 2025. On3 and ESPN rate him as the top overall prospect for the class, while 247Sports and Rivals rank him as the No. 4 and No. 3 best player in America, respectively. Underwood is the consensus No. 1 QB in the nation for the 2025 cycle.

Technically a 2026 prospect, Bryce Underwood is finishing high school early and reclassifying to the class of 2025. The Belleview, Michigan product has been an instant impact player throughout his high school career, throwing for at least 2,700 yards and 37 touchdowns in each of his first two seasons.

On Wednesday afternoon, 247Sports Director of Recruiting Steve Wiltfong reported that Underwood will be back in Happy Valley to attend the Penn State White Out against Iowa. Underwood previously visited Penn State back in January for Junior Day.

“We wanted to get back to Penn State when the time is right,” Underwood’s father told 247Sports. “There’s no better time than this weekend.”

Can Penn State football land the No. 1 player in America?

After losing the commitment from the No. 1 player in New Jersey, Jaelyne Matthews, last week, Penn State’s 2025 recruiting class has fallen to No. 17 in the national rankings, according to 247Sports.

On3 currently predicts that in-state Michigan and Michigan State are the leading candidates to land Bryce Underwood, with Ohio State and LSU trailing closely behind. 

While Penn State football may not be the frontrunner in this recruitment, the Nittany Lions do have an ace up their sleeve in the form of the former No. 1 QB recruit in the nation, Drew Allar. Allar looked spectacular in the first two games of 2023 before a slight setback last week at Illinois.

But if Allar can light up the Iowa defense in primetime, similar to his performance against West Virginia in Week 1, then perhaps he can show Underwood why Happy Valley would be a good fit for the No. 1 QB in the nation.

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A third-generation Penn Stater, Matt is Editor-in-Chief for Basic Blues Nation, co-host of the podcast PSU Tailgate Talk, and a credentialed member of the Penn State football media. Matt also works as a staffer in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Matt lives in central Pennsylvania with his wife and a small army of pets.


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