One of the key hires Penn State made this offseason was new offensive line coach Phil Trautwein. Since taking over the job, all Trautwein has done is turn the Nittany Lions into one of the hottest offensive line destinations in college football for recruits, and without COVID-19, there would surely be plenty to be said about his on-field coaching abilities, as well.
Regardless, not only have the Lions secured a commitment from one of the nation's top players in four-star Landon Tengwall, but they have become a top competitor for a myriad of top offensive line prospects, many without even having visited campus at all. One of those prospects is Georgia-native and top-200 overall player in the country per the 247Sports Composite, Dylan Fairchild, who included the Lions among his top-six schools.
The list also includes LSU, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Auburn.
The highly-ranked guard is still widely expected to choose his hometown Bulldogs when all is said and done, but considering the job Trautwein and James Franklin have done recruiting him since offering back in early February, things could quickly swing in Penn State's favor if and when a visit to campus is able to occur. It shouldn't be lost on anyone that the Nittany Lions are the only school north of Tennessee to appear on the list.