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The Nittany Lions continue to bring in top-flight talent out of New Jersey, signing four-star quarterback Taquon Roberson. The top quarterback in the Garden State and one of the nation's top dual-threats, Roberson brings the type of big-play ability fans have come to love in Happy Valley.
|Position: Dual-threat quarterback|
|Height/Weight: 6'0/185 lbs.|
|High School: DePaul Catholic (NJ)|
|247Composite Rank: ★★★★(0.9039)|
|Positional Rank: No. 284 Overall, No. 9 Dual-threat quarterback, No. 6 in New Jersey|
|Commitment Date: October 26, 2017|
Roberson has an underrated arm. He's able to make just about every throw and can connect on a deep ball just as easy as a three-yard check-down. Although a dual-threat quarterback, he's unafraid to stand in the pocket and take a hit if it gives him a better opportunity to find a receiver. When he does decide to take off, he has good speed and is shifty enough to make guys miss. Although a bit short, he plays bigger than his 6'0 stature.
Were he two inches taller, Roberson would have likely been one of the most sought-after players in the country. Sounds like the kind of guy who will have a nice chip on his shoulder when he gets to State College as an early enrollee.
The staff has never played a true freshman quarterback during their tenure and there's no reason to start now. Tommy Stevens and Sean Clifford are pretty much locked in as the two-deep and Will Levis will be available coming off his redshirt year. A year on the scout team will allow Roberson to add a good twenty pounds to get him over 200. If he continues to develop as a passer, he could find himself in the running take over at quarterback as early as 2020.
In the meantime, his dual-threat ability will give the Penn State defense all they can handle when Roberson takes his reps as the scout team quarterback.
|Tommy Stevens*||Sean Clifford*||Will Levis*|
|Michael Johnson Jr.|
* denotes redshirt season taken