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)
Brenton Strange was one of the fastest rising prospects of the 2018 season, and Penn State had to fight hard with Ohio State to get his signature. A 1,000-yard receiver as a senior, he'll add to a tight end room that's quickly gone from one of the team's biggest question marks to one of the most talented units in Happy Valley.
|Position: Tight end|
|Height/Weight: 6'5/210 lbs.|
|High School: Parkersburg (WV)|
|247Composite Rank: ★★★★(0.8935)|
|Positional Rank: No. 356 Overall, No. 14 Tight end, No. 3 in West Virginia|
|Commitment Date: October 1, 2018|
Strange was often the best athlete on the field while in high school. A receiver throughout his career, he has terrific hands and a fantastic instinct to go up and catch the football. He's very shifty for his size and flashes big-play ability unlike most tight ends in his class. He lined up wide more often than not, meaning he doesn't have much experience as a hand-in-the-dirt tight end, so his blocking could take a while to develop as he adjusts to a new role. Regardless, his athleticism and receiving ability alone make him a great fit for the type of modern, spread offense that Penn State hopes to run.
You can use a sharpie to write Pat Freiermuth's name in the starting lineup for at least the next two seasons. Combine that with the fact that every scholarship tight end could be back for the Nittany Lions next season, and you don't exactly have a pressing need at tight end. Enrolling early should help him put on about 15 needed pounds before the season gets underway, but the staff will probably want him around 240 before he sees the field. A redshirt year will allow him to grow into his body and develop as a blocker before factoring in as the potential second tight end in 2020 and competing for the starting job as early 2021.
|Nick Bowers*||Danny Dalton*||Pat Freiermuth||Zack Kuntz*|
|Jon Holland*||Brenton Strange|
* denotes redshirt season taken
Welcome to Penn State, Brenton.
— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) December 19, 2018