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Penn State football recruiting: A new twist in the Michael Van Buren saga?

Today, new developments arose regarding Penn State’s odds to land Michael Van Buren.

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Jan 1, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley (9) attempts a pass against the Kentucky Wildcats during the first half in the 2019 Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Van Buren, the top 2024 quarterback prospect for Penn State football recruiting, has been a hot topic of discussion for the past month. Initially, Penn State appeared to be the clear front-runner in Van Buren’s recruitment, but a recent visit to Oregon swayed his interest towards Eugene. After two major crystal balls predicted that Van Buren would commit to the Ducks, a new development has emerged.

Today, the Oregon Ducks received a commitment from a 2024 quarterback, Luke Moga, who is a three/four-star prospect from Sunnyslope High School in Phoenix, AZ. It is unclear whether Oregon is planning to take on two high-level quarterbacks in the 2024 class or if they simply chose to pursue a different option. Regardless, this could be a positive sign for the Penn State football recruiting class.

Penn State football recruiting still in the running with Michael Van Buren?

The Michael Van Buren situation over the last week has been quite confusing. A Florida State insider initially predicted that Van Buren would choose Penn State, but suddenly the momentum shifted towards Oregon. Despite having significant momentum with Van Buren, the Oregon Ducks decided to take on another 2024 quarterback recruit — Luke Moga, a three or four-star prospect, in a surprising move.

While Van Buren is still ranked higher than Moga, the addition of another quarterback may suggest that Oregon is no longer as interested in Van Buren as they were before. Penn State remains a major player in Van Buren’s recruitment, and with an upcoming official visit in June, there is still plenty of time for them to win him over. Van Buren recently narrowed his choices to three schools: Penn State, Oregon, and Maryland.

It is important to note that Moga is still a significant recruit, and Van Buren would likely find himself in a QB battle if he were to commit to Oregon. As Penn State football enters the final stretch of recruiting for Van Buren this summer, this development is something to keep an eye on and could become a selling point for James Franklin and his staff.



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