The Penn State tight end group is loaded with Pat Freiermuth, Zack Kuntz, Brenton Strange, Theo Johnson, and Tyler Warren, but that isn't stopping the Lions from going after yet another blue-chipper to add to the position room. One of those targets in the 2021 class is Nevada tight end Moliki Matavao. The four-star recently included Penn State among his top-six schools.
Penn State is joined by Tennessee, Oregon, UCLA, Washington, and Georgia on the list.
Matavao is one of several highly-ranked players at the position that James Franklin and Tyler Bowen have zeroed in on since the de-commitment of Nick Elksnis. The four-star received his Penn State offer back in April of 2019 but has yet to take a visit to Happy Valley.
247Sports analyst Blair Angulo projects Matavao as a future day three pick in the NFL Draft, comparing him to former Michigan athlete Jake Butt. Here's what he has to say about Matavao as a player.
Tall and long frame, with narrow lower half and projectable build. Room to add mass and strength. Plus athlete with mobility. Light on his feet and comfortable moving out of his stance. Can run past linebackers in space. Decent hands with ability to high-point the football in tight spaces. Well-rounded weapon who can line up out wide or block at the line of scrimmage. Still refining route running technique and fluidity, but oozes high-end potential given versatility. Potential multi-year starter at Power Five level and NFL Draft Day 2 selection.
Penn State is also recruiting blue-chippers Brock Bowers (Napa, CA), Thomas Fidone (Council Bluffs, IA), and Jack Pugh (Hilliard, OH) among others.