For the Future (1.7.20): Trautwein's Impact, A Former Top Target Commits, Lions in More Top-10's

By Michael Stanley on January 7, 2020 at 8:30 am
2021 Four-star defensive tackle Tyleik Williams (Stonewall Jackson, VA) included Penn State in his list of top-10 schools.
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Trautwein on the trail

Under James Franklin, Penn State is turning into a powerhouse on the recruiting trail, but every assistant coach will need to be able to carry their own weight. Luckily, it seems like new offensive line coach Phil Trautwein will be just fine.

In the 2020 class, Boston College's two highest-ranked commits are offensive tackles. Both would also be the two highest-ranked offensive linemen in Penn State's class. Along with his ability to develop, it's clear he can identify and lockdown big-time recruits, to Boston College of all places. The Eagles have a solid program but they're certainly not on the level of Penn State. It's likely Trautwein will be able to garner even more attention from big-time offensive line recruits, of which there are several in the 2021 class (Landon Tengwall, Nolan Rucci, Tristan Leigh, and Wyatt Milum to name a few). Also, given his playing days with the Florida Gators, he should have some pull in the great state of Florida, which is always chocked-full of talent.

Berger's a Badger

At one time, it felt like New Jersey running back Jalen Berger was one of Penn State's top targets. As time passed and Penn State added commitments from four-star running backs, Caziah Holmes and Keyvone Lee, it didn't feel like there was any more room left for Berger and things had fizzled out. Ultimately, Berger announced his commitment to the Wisconsin Badgers. Wisconsin is getting a great player, and let's face it, they already have a track record producing stars out of New Jersey running backs. This feels like a win-win for Berger and the Badgers.

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Penn State made the top-ten for two recruits, Virginia four-star defensive tackle Tyleik Williams and Florida three-star athlete Yulkeith Brown.

Under Armour Game

Penn State sent three commits to the 2020 UA All American Game – tight end Theo Johnson, linebacker Curtis Jacobs, and safety Enzo Jennings. Jacobs and Jennings shone all week in practice. It's a great indicator of the talent a program is bringing in to have multiple players at an all-star game of this magnitude. Unfortunately, things weren't perfect for all three of them.

During a practice leading up to the game, Theo Johnson sustained an injury that forced him to miss the remainder of the week. On a routine drill, Johnson came out the other end with an arm/shoulder injury, leaving the field with ice and his arm in a sling. The sling was off the following day, indicating that it may have just been a dislocated shoulder, but it was surely a bummer for Johnson to miss the showcase game. As of right now, there is no word on whether this will affect his ability to suit up in the spring or the fall.

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