Welcome to National Signing Day for the 2021 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)
Penn State's wide receiver woes appear to be a thing of the past and landing four-star Lonnie White Jr. further solidifies the group's bright future.
|Lonnie White Jr.|
|Position: Wide Receiver|
|Height/Weight: 6'2/210 lbs.|
|High School: Malvern Prep (Malvern, PA)|
|247Composite Rank: ★★★★(0.9208)|
|Positional Rank: No. 194 Overall, No. 34 Wide Receiver, No. 7 in Pennsylvania|
|Commitment Date: May 7, 2020|
Lonnie White is a plus athlete in every sense of the word. He could step into just about any sport and excel at it. He's a former Clemson baseball commit and is likely to be a high draft pick in the upcoming MLB Draft, but the Nittany Lions were able to secure his signature to be their next great pass catcher. That athleticism shows up in every highlight. He's already physically prepared to play Big Ten football and will be one of Penn State's biggest receivers.
White shows tremendous body control when the ball's in the air, has great footwork, and is lethal with the ball in his hands. He's capable of both bullying a cornerback and running past them on deep balls. Frankly, the only thing holding White back in the rankings is that he hadn't fully committed to football or even the receiver position until this year. His athleticism and talent lend themselves to an elite player but he'll have to work on learning the deep intricacies of the receiver position.
In the short term, White may need a year to learn from Taylor Stubblefield. The Lions' receivers coach is proving to be quite the technician and will mold White into a star. His athleticism and size will give him the ability to focus on the mental and technical side of things and speed things up on the development side. He's not expected to early enroll, but if he was my bet would be he would be competing to start come Week 1.
In the long term, White has the potential to perform at an All-Big Ten level for several years. He'll be the type of receiver that can do everything for Penn State, as both a big-bodied deep threat and reliable safety net. He'll challenge a lot of Penn State receiver records.
|Jahan Dotson||Norval Black*||TJ Jones*||Parker Washington*|
|Cam Sullivan-Brown*||Daniel George*||KeAndre Lambert-Smith*|
|Lonnie White Jr.|
* denotes redshirt season taken