As widely expected, Michigan standout Rocco Spindler included Penn State among his top-five schools on Friday. The Lions are joined in the top group for the blue-chip prospect by LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Ohio State.
The FINAL FIVE... pic.twitter.com/iJqv3GEDmE— Rocco Spindler (@RoccoSpindler92) May 22, 2020
Spindler went more in-depth with his choices in a video with Tom Loy of 247Sports, but you can find what he had to say about Penn State below.
"I got to go with Penn State. Penn State, they are up and running. I can definitely see them win the Big 10 championship and also a national championship. New coaching staff there, coach Trautwein, he played at Florida, he was a hell of a ball player and I know he could be a hell of coach."
Spindler has been one of Penn State's top targets on the offensive line for some time and is one of their top priorities in the interior. He has been publicly high on the Nittany Lions ever since visiting campus and speaks very highly of new offensive line coach Phil Trautwein. His high school teammate and close friend, Garrett Dellinger, also included the Lions in his top-four schools (along with LSU, Michigan, and Ohio State).
Spindler is No. 2 offensive guard according to the 247Sports Composite and the No. 44 player overall in the country (0.9768 rating). Allen Trieu of 247Sports projects him as a Day Two NFL draft pick and compares him to Zack Martin of the Cowboys. His scouting report for the blue-chipper is as follows.
Does not carry a lot of bad weight. Naturally stocky. Has room to add weight, but frame and style of play suggest he will not need to add a lot more mass. Could play offensive or defensive line in college. Has played varsity against strong competition since his freshman season. Will come into college ready to work and compete at that level. Plays tough and aggressive. Has a wrestling background, and that shows in his strength and ability to use leverage. A good athlete who can pull and make blocks in space on offense and track plays down on defense. Adding more weight to his frame will be the key for him in playing early, but he has all the other needed qualities to be an impact player in college and a potentially early impact player. Guard, center or defensive tackle are all possibilities in college. He has the potential to hear his name called in the first round of the NFL draft.
Penn State will look to get Spindler back on campus and steal another top prospect from Michigan once restrictions due to the pandemic are lifted.