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)
The only quarterback in Penn State's 2021 class, Christian Veilleux brings exciting potential to the quarterback room.
|Position: Pro-style quarterback|
|Height/Weight: 6'3.5/201 lbs.|
|High School: The Bullis School (Potomac, MD)|
|247Composite Rank: ★★★(0.9208)|
|Positional Rank: No. 443 Overall, No. 20 Pro-Style Quarterback, No. 16 in Maryland|
|Commitment Date: April 29, 2020|
Christian Veilleux will be an interesting one to follow. He hasn't had tremendous production throughout high school and had what was expected to be his best season yet (his senior season) canceled due to COVID-19. But he throws a beautiful ball with good touch. He can stand in a pocket confidently and go through his reads. He has shown the ability to use his legs to extend the play but there's no question that he is always looking to throw the ball if he can.
Overall, Veilleux is a bit of an unknown in the recruiting world. His tape from previous seasons shows potential, but he was also someone that the recruiting services noted they were excited to see play this fall, which unfortunately didn't happen. What we do know, however, is that he appears to excel with putting touch on his throws and he knows how to maneuver in the pocket. He'll need to get stronger to be able to put more zip on a ball when the situation calls for it.
Veilleux will enroll early at Penn State and despite the current state of the quarterback position for the Nittany Lions, he will surely be on the outside looking in for the starting role. He'll have a full winter workout in the strength program, a spring camp, and fall camp to get up to speed with the offense, but he also hasn't played since his junior year of high school. Kirk Ciarrocca should have a greater effect on the young, impressionable quarterback, and help take his game to the next level.
Long term, Veilleux could have a solid career. If he's able to develop within Ciarrocca's system, it's easy to see his path towards becoming one of the better signal-callers in the Big Ten.
|Sean Clifford*||Will Levis*||Ta'Quan Roberson*||Micah Bowens*|
* denotes redshirt season taken