Coming off an 11-2 season and a Cotton Bowl win, Penn State seems to have regained its momentum on the recruiting trail. With the latest release of the Rivals250, it shows that Penn State is in a good spot with countless great prospects.
- The headliner is certainly quarterback Caleb Williams, landing at No. 3 overall and the No. 1 quarterback in the nation. Penn State has ground to make up if they are to land the best quarterback in the entire country, but it has a fighting chance.
- Leading things on the defensive side of the ball, cornerback Tony Grimes checked in at No. 13 overall and the top cornerback prospect. Penn State hasn't had a legit, shut-down-one-side-of-the-ball corner in a long time, and Grimes would be invaluable to a defense that has proven great at rushing the passer and stopping the run. Grimes could put Penn State's defense over the top.
- The position group with best potential in the 2021 class is along the offensive line. Headlining that possible group for Penn State are two top-40 overall offensive tackles in Landon Tengwall (No. 27 overall) and Nolan Rucci (No. 34). Penn State is in a good spot for a few other fantastic prospects, but Tengwall and Rucci would create the foundation for arguably the best offensive line haul in the country. Championships are won in the trenches, after all.
Along with the aforementioned four recruits, many other Penn State targets appeared in the Rivals250, most notably:
- Terrence Lewis, Outside linebacker, No. 19 overall
- Tristan Leigh, Offensive tackle, No. 26 overall
- Dont'e Thornton, Wide receiver, No. 52 overall
- Rocco Spindler, Offensive tackle, No. 55 overall
- TreVeyon Henderson, Athlete, No. 65 overall
- Evan Pryor, Running back, No. 76 overall
- Derrick Davis Jr., Safety, No. 78 overall
- Elliot Donald, Defensive Tackle, No. 79 overall
- Isaiah Johnson, Cornerback, No. 94 overall
- Aaron Armitage, Defensive end, No. 113 overall
- Demeioun Robinson, Outside linebacker, No. 146 overall
- Wyatt Milum, Offensive tackle, No. 158 overall
- Jalil Farooq, Wide receiver, No. 184 overall
- Christian Veilleux, Quarterback, No. 189 overall
- Jaylen Reed, Safety, No. 233 overall