Connect with us


Penn State football: Oregon making a push for top Penn State QB target

Penn State’s top QB target is trending away from the program and towards Oregon.



Penn State football, Michael Van Buren
Sep 1, 2022; West Lafayette, Indiana, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin before the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Nittany Lions’ 2024 recruiting class currently ranks in the top 10 according to every major recruiting service following this morning’s four-star addition. Now, with 11 hard commits thus far, Penn State football is starting to close in on its top-ranked quarterback target in the class: four-star QB Michael Van Buren. While Penn State has looked like a clear-cut favorite for some time now, Oregon has recently made a large push of its own, and appears to be trending for the sought-after quarterback recruit.

Penn State football was undoubtedly still the favorite to land four-star QB Michael Van Buren; however, a recent visit to Oregon has made things interesting. The Nittany Lions’ lead on the On3 RPM has vanished and turned into an Oregon lead following an insider prediction in the Ducks’ favor. Van Buren’s visit was on April 15th — the day of the Lions’ Blue/White game — and he has another upcoming visit to PAC-12 country this Saturday. Penn State’s most recent visit was on April 6th, and his next trip to State College will be an official visit in mid-June.

Despite the Ducks gaining some ground with On3, the Nittany Lions still have 100% of Van Buren’s crystal balls on 247 Sports; still, Oregon’s recent push is something for fans to keep an eye on as Van Buren’s commitment no longer appears to be a sure thing. For Penn State football, regaining the lead with its top 2024 quarterback target will be a critical recruiting point throughout the remainder of the spring and into the summer.

Van Buren will commit in early July, so the Nittany Lions have some time, but seeing as Oregon is getting him back on campus just weeks after his last visit should be turning some heads among the Penn State football coaching staff.

Thank you for reading Basic Blues Nation. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and insights on your favorite Penn State athletics. For feedback, questions, concerns, or to apply for a writing position, please email us at [email protected] or direct message us on our social media. It’s due to your support that we can become one of the market’s fastest-growing Penn State sports outlets!

Chris Mangum is currently a Penn State student and serves as a writer and editor covering Big Ten athletics. He has served as a beat writer, online reporter, print reporter, and more over the past few years of his career. He currently serves as the managing editor for Basic Blues Nation and others.