For the Future (5.1.20): Penn State Lands Their Quarterback, ESPN Updates Rankings, and New Offers

By Michael Stanley on May 1, 2020 at 8:00 am
Four-star quarterback Christian Veilleux committed to Penn State. The Canada-native and student of The Bullis School will now look to become a major recruiter for the Nittany Lions.

Veilleux To Penn State

On Wednesday, Penn State landed a commitment from its potential signal-caller of the future – Canadian four-star quarterback Christian Veilleux.

Veilleux is arguably the most important recruit for Penn State in the 2021 cycle. Highly ranked recruits want to know that their future team will be lead by a star quarterback and Veilleux's pedigree implies that he could be just that. The quarterback in the class (you should always take at least one due to the high transfer rate as the position) is also often seen as the de-facto leader of the group. His presence could be pivotal in attracting some of Penn State's biggest remaining targets, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. With offensive recruits like Dont'e Thornton, Kaden Prather, Jalil Farooq, Donovan Edwards, Corey Kiner, Rocco Spindler, Nolan Rucci, Tristan Leigh, and many others still on the board, the staff will surely count on Veilleux to flex his recruiting muscles.

And as far as how the current class feels about Veilleux coming on board, looking no further than one of the linemen who will protect him for years to come.

ESPN 300

ESPN released an update to its 2021 class rankings. Penn State has some highly ranked commits among the group, but what's even more staggering is how many elite prospects Penn State is in a good spot for. Here are just some of the key rankings for uncommitted targets that made the top-300 list.

  • Tony Grimes, No. 6
  • Tristan Leigh, No. 23
  • Derrick Davis Jr., No. 28
  • Nolan Rucci, No. 34
  • Rocco Spindler, No. 65
  • Donovan Edwards, No. 67
  • Dont'e Thornton, No. 90
  • Jalil Farooq, No. 108
  • Kelvin Gilliam, No. 149
  • Corey Kiner, No. 162

Penn State will certainly not land every one of these top targets but they are at the very least in the top group for all of these kids. And that is half the battle at this stage.

New Offers

Penn State remains busy in handing out new offers during this strange time of online-only recruiting, this time targeting a pair of Antonios.

First up is 2022 four-star running back Antonio Martin Jr. out of Georgia.

And then there was, brace yourself, 2023(!!!!) offensive guard prospect Antonio Tripp, who hails from McDonogh School in Maryland (a program Penn State has done very well with over the years).

While it's far too early to ballpark Penn State's chances in either case, the fact that Tripp calls them his dream school is obviously a nice start for the lineman.

Five-Star LB Lewis Commits to Tennessee

Finally, five-star linebacker Terrence Lewis announced his commitment to Tennessee on Thursday via Twitter. The Florida product had Penn State among his top-six schools, on both editions of said group.

Expect to hear stories in the coming months about Penn State staying involved with Lewis, and don't be surprised to hear about a visit to Happy Valley when permissible. Any recruit's commitment during this period, particularly ones who haven't had the chance to take many visits, should be taken with a grain of salt considering the circumstances.

Still, linebacker thankfully isn't as much of a need for the Lions in this cycle with the talent on the roster already. They also already hold a commitment from three-star middle linebacker Kobe King and sit in an excellent position for four-star outside linebacker Jamari Buddin.