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Son of former Penn State football player rated as elite 2025 recruit

This 2025 prospect with family ties to Penn State just saw a massive increase in his recruiting status.



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Apr 15, 2023; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions offensive lines coach Phil Trautwein talks with a player on the sideline during the first quarter of the Blue White spring game at Beaver Stadium. The Blue team defeated the White team 10-0. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

As the Penn State football season moves forward, additional prospects continue to make a name for themselves. Certain players that Penn State is targeting have seen this increase, and others that have a deeper family tie to the university. The 2025 recruiting class is still searching for the anchor on the offensive line. Previously it was Jaeylen Matthews who held that role, but he recently decommitted from the Nittany Lions. As Phil Trautwein and James Franklin look to the future, could this son of a former Penn State football player fill that void? Michael Carroll has recently jumped up the recruiting rankings.

Son of former Penn State football player earns MASSIVE honor

Michael Carroll is a 6’5, 300-pound offensive lineman in the 2025 recruiting class. He currently holds offers from Rutgers, Temple, Maryland, Penn State, and several other schools. In a recent recruiting update, Carroll has moved from the 15th overall interior offensive lineman to the No. 3 prospect in the nation, according to On3. He is also listed as the No. 3 prospect in Pennsylvania for the 2025 recruiting class and ranked as the No. 118 overall player in the country. According to On3, there is a 39% chance that Penn State will land this prospect in the future.

This decision would make a lot of sense based on his father. Michael Carroll is the son of former Penn State football linebacker Michael Carroll Sr. He played for the Nittany Lions in the late 1990s under head coach Joe Paterno. As his profile continues to build, additional schools will offer Carroll, can Phil Trautwein seal the deal with another top offensive line prospect?

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Former Editor-In-Chief at Victory Bell Rings, Morgan is the current Site Manager for Basic Blues Nation, host of the Basic Blues Podcast, and co-host of the weekly Penn State Roar Room spaces. Morgan lives in upstate New York with his wife and cats.