Welcome to early signing period for the 2019 recruiting class here at Roar Lions Roar. Make sure to check out all of our other coverage today and in the coming days, and make sure to check out each profile of the newest Nittany Lions as they sign their letters of intent. (All photos you see below are courtesy of 247Sports)
Lackawanna Community College has given the Nittany Lions a handful of contributors, but Anthony Whigan has the chance to be the best of them all. Overlooked in high school, it's his time to prove he can compete with the top players in the country.
|Position: Offensive tackle|
|Height/Weight: 6'5/290 lbs.|
|Junior College: Lackawanna Community College (PA)|
|247Composite Rank: ★★★★(0.8960)|
|Positional Rank (JUCO): No. 10 Overall, No. 3 Offensive tackle, No. 1 in Maryland|
|Commitment Date: August 7, 2018|
Whigan is a bully. He wants to drive you into the ground make you afraid to get back up. As a run blocker, he can pancake a defensive lineman with ease and climb to the second level to help spring a big run. He also has the rare ability to toss people aside in pass coverage (skip to 1:10 in his highlight tape below and start drooling). At 6'5/290, he's got great size but probably needs to add 15 pounds to stay at tackle at the next level.
Being a JUCO prospect, Whigan's circumstances a bit different than your average signee. He looks ready to play right away on tape, but it's a big jump from the junior college ranks to the Big Ten. The staff should play him the first few games of the season to figure out if he's ready or not. If he holds his own, the staff should let him continue. If he looks lost, the staff should redshirt him and hope he could step into a larger role in 2020. Regardless, he will provide great depth for the line going forward and could end up being a multi-year starter when it's all said and done.
|Ryan Bates*||Will Fries*||Des Homles*||Bryce Effner*|
|Steven Gonzalez*||Alex Gellerstedt*||Mike Miranda*||Juice Scruggs*|
|Connor McGovern||Michal Menet*||C.J. Thorpe*||Rasheed Walker*|
|Anthony Whigan||Caedan Wallace|
* denotes redshirt season taken