Three-Star Defensive End Rodney McGraw Commits to Penn State

By Matt de Bear on May 3, 2020 at 2:25 pm
Defensive end commit Rodney McGraw
Mark Brennan, 247Sports

Despite the recent run of recruiting success for Penn State, the question of when the Lions would land their first defensive line recruit lingered. Not anymore. Three-star defensive end prospect Rodney McGraw has flipped his commitment from Indiana to the Nittany Lions.

McGraw committed to Indiana back in January, but he is not a new target for the Nittany Lions by any means. Penn State offered him a scholarship back in September of 2019, and he visited Happy Valley in October for the White Out game vs. Michigan.

The McGraw File

  • Class: 2021
  • Size: 6'5/223 lbs.
  • Pos: DE
  • School: Elkhart Central (Elkhart, IN)
  • Composite Rating: ★★★ (.8784)
  • Composite Rank: No. 26 WDE, No. 409 overall

In addition to the Lions and Hoosiers, Michigan, Michigan State, and Purdue had extended their own scholarship offers. 

McGraw was offered by former defensive line coach Sean Spencer. The interest did not die down in 2020, however, when John Scott Jr. replaced Coach Chaos after the latter's departure for the New York Giants.

247Sport's Allen Trieu had the following to say about McGraw:

McGraw has very good physical traits. He is a tall, long-framed prospect who looks like what colleges want in a young defensive end recruit. Beyond that, he is a very good athlete with the fluidity and twitch to play at a high-major level. He can cover ground and run down plays and rush the passer with his quickness and ability to bend the corner. He is still a developing prospect. He had not played football until he got to high school. Having seen him at some events, we have seen that he is still improving with his hand technique. He also is still in the process of getting stronger. That progression was noticeable as a junior as he was stronger against the run and holding his ground while also showing a better understanding of the game. That was him at 235 pounds. He will be able to hold a lot more weight. We would like to see him continue to play with better pad level too. He is a tall kid and gets a little upright at times

Penn State's recruiting class now stands at 11 members, with McGraw the first along the defensive line. The 2021 class ranks 13th nationally according to 247Sports.

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