While 2020 is shaping up to be one of Penn State's most talented teams in recent memory, there are still some holes to be filled if they are to fulfill their dreams of winning a national championship. Luckily, their next batch of early enrollees are setting themselves up nicely to fill in those holes.
Theo Johnson - TE
The star tight end is already built like a big-time college player. At 6'6, 245 pounds, his need doesn't involve size. He'll need to improve his upper-body strength a bit, but the main aspect is learning the intricacies of the tight end position as he basically played wide receiver for his high school team.
Enzo Jennings - S
Jennings could use the extra time in the weight room. While it's not drastic, he could stand to add 15-20 pounds heading into his freshman season. If he does successfully add the necessary size, he could find himself in a position to contribute right out of the gate.
Keandre Lambert-Smith - WR
Given the struggles of the receivers not named KJ Hamler this season, Lambert-Smith is arguably the most important enrollee. While the added strength could do him well, many thinner receivers have proven capable of success. If he can pick up the offense and prove himself reliable, Lambert-Smith will find himself right in the mix for one of the receiver spots.
Caziah Holmes - RB
Enrolling early or not, it won't likely make much of a difference for Holmes' chances of avoiding a redshirt. While he could prove a tremendous playmaker, there are already several proven stars in the backfield. This will be his opportunity to build up some strength and get acclimated to campus. But if he proves to be good enough, Ja'Juan Seider has shown he'll play the best players regardless of age.
Cole Brevard - DT
While Brevard could add strength to his frame to withstand the Big Ten, his key will be learning the defense and building up stamina.
Jaden Dottin - WR
Dottin is prime example of needing the extra time in the weight room. He made his name with reliable hands and smooth route running. What he lacks is the speed and explosiveness of a star college receiver. Strength coach Dwight Galt has proven a magician, so some extra with Dottin could transform him in the best way.
Joseph Johnson - CB
Johnson brings with him arguably the most explosiveness of anyone in the class and a dominant high school tape. While a little added strength certainly can't hurt, his biggest focus will be the extra time on the practice field and in the film room to learn every facet of the defense. With the state of Penn State's pass defense, Johnson could have a shot to make an early impact.
Tyler Elsdon - LB
Penn State's linebacker room is arguably the deepest and most talented on the roster. Elsdon will do great to work on his overall athleticism in the weight room.
bryce Mostella - DE
At 6'7, 235 pounds, Mostella offers tantalizing size and length. But in order to transition properly into the Big Ten, he'll need a year or two of strength, size, technique, and playbook work. Every extra day counts.
Fatorma Mulbah - DT
While a relative unknown on the national recruiting scene, Mulbah offers supreme potential. A little undersized for a Big Ten defensive tackle, the extra time in the weight room will give him a head start on that transition.
Nick Dawkins - OG
As for playing time, Penn State is already returning four out of five starters along the offensive line and one guard that rotated in heavily. Most of Dawkins' time will be spent losing any bad weight and transforming it into muscle.