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Penn State football recruiting class ranking update following new QB commit

The Nittany Lions’ 2024 class has moved in the rankings following a new QB commit.



Penn State football recruiting ranking, Ethan Grunkemeyer
Nov 12, 2022; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Nicholas Singleton (10) celebrates with offensive linesman Juice Scruggs (70) after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter against the Maryland Terrapins at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Maryland 30-0. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

Over the weekend, James Franklin and his 2024 recruiting class secured their 14th commitment in the form of Ohio quarterback Ethan Grunkemeyer. Grunkemeyer is an up-and-coming quarterback who shares the same QB coach as Drew Allar. Prior to the weekend, the Penn State football recruiting class ranking sat at 6th nationally and 3rd in the Big Ten; despite adding a talented player like Grunkemeyer to address a major team need, Penn State’s 2024 class has dropped in the updated team rankings.

Penn State football recruiting class ranking update following Grunkemeyer commitment

Following a highly successful recruiting weekend for Penn State football, the Nittany Lions’ class is now ranked 7th nationally, falling one spot behind the Oregon Ducks. Interestingly, the Ducks managed to rise in the rankings due to a series of four-star commitments, including Michael Van Buren, who was previously Penn State’s top quarterback target in the 2024 class.

After visiting Eugene in mid-April, Van Buren made the decision to join the Ducks, prompting him to move up his decision date from early July to last weekend. Just before his announcement, Penn State football secured their highly coveted 2024 quarterback, Ethan Grunkemeyer. While Grunkemeyer may not have garnered as much attention, he is considered one of the most underrated recruits in the nation.

Currently, the Nittany Lions’ new quarterback commit is a three-star prospect, but many anticipate that he will be elevated to a four-star status by the time he signs with Penn State. Several factors contribute to this belief, with one of the most prominent being his exceptional arm talent, which recently earned him a spot in the prestigious Elite 11 finals. This is a remarkable achievement for a three-star quarterback, to say the least.

Comfortably in the top 10, still No. 3 in the Big Ten

Currently, the Big Ten football recruiting landscape is highly competitive, particularly in the Big Ten East division. Michigan (2), Ohio State (3), and Penn State (7) all have impressive top 10 recruiting classes. Despite Penn State’s talented class, which includes 14 committed players and counting, they still seem to be trailing behind the Michigan Wolverines and Ohio State Buckeyes by quite a bit.

However, it’s worth noting that many of Penn State’s commits, like Luke Reynolds, appear to be underrated at the moment. As we’ve seen with Reynolds, who initially flew under the radar, it’s likely that upon re-evaluation, the Lions’ class will rise in the rankings. Reynolds, for instance, has transformed from an unknown target to a four-star recruit, ranking among the top 6 tight ends nationwide. He is also regarded as the top recruit in his state (CT).

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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.