Penn State's 2019 recruiting class got a lot larger today with the addition of massive junior college offensive tackle Anthony Whigan (Lackawanna College). The Maryland native (Great Mills) is the second commit from the Falcon's program in the 2019 class, joining defensive back Jaquan Brisker, who committed on May 17. Whigan was just on campus for the annual Lasch Bash, and clearly liked what he saw. He will have two years of eligibility plus a redshirt year available.
— Anthony Whigan (@_antboogie) August 7, 2018
The Nittany Lions have made Whigan a priority since he was offered in March, especially after they learned true freshman Nana Asiedu had to give up football due to a heart condition.
The whigan File
- Class: 2019
- Size: 6-5/290
- Pos: Offensive Tackle
- School: Lackawanna College, (Scranton, PA)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★ (.8939)
- Composite Rank: No. 13 JUCO player overall, No. 3 JUCO Offensive Tackle
Whigan's recruiting caught fire following an impressive season at Lackawanna. His other offers included Oklahoma, NC State, Ole Miss, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisville, South Carolina, Nebraska, TCU, Maryland, West Virginia, and Pitt.
His Lasch Bash visit is the second time on campus for Whigan this year, both of which were unofficial visits. He took official visits to South Carolina and Louisville in early June.
Whigan is the 16th member of Penn State's class, which now ranks No. 11 nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite, just ahead of Michigan's 19 member class. He is the fourth offensive lineman in the class, joining fellow four-star prospects Caedan Wallace and Saleem Wormley, and three-star Zachary Franks.
With a redshirt year available, Franklin and offensive line coach Matt Limegrover will have some flexibility as far as Whigan's path. It would not be a surprise to see him take a year once arriving, especially as Franklin looks to balance the offensive line depth chart by class after Asiedu's retirement.
Clint Brewster of 247Sports recently wrote about the top JUCO players in the nation, and included this about Whigan:
Whigan really understands the tackle position as far as the technical aspects and how to win on each play. He’s got the size, toughness, and movement skills to really make an immediate impact at his next school. He’s equally as good at run blocking and setting in pass protection. Whigan grasps how to take advantage of angles in pass protection and has an explosive kick-back to cut off a speed rusher on the outside. We like his agility to block in space and out on the move.
Lackawanna Freshman Year Highlights: