For the Future (9.28.21): Drew Allar on ESPN, Barnwell Recommits, Evans Ready to Announce

By Michael Stanley on September 28, 2021 at 8:00 am
Four-star quarterback and Penn State commit Drew Allar and the rest of his Medina team will play on live television on ESPN.

Allar to appear on ESPN

Penn State 2022 quarterback commit Drew Allar is set to appear on a national stage. ESPN will be airing the game between two Ohio powerhouses, Medina and Mentor to showcase two of the country's top recruits. Allar and Medina will have to deal with a pass rush from 2023 five-star and Notre Dame commit Brenan Vernon. The game will air on ESPN2.

Barnwell Back in

Penn State started off their 2023 class with a commitment from Virginia tight end Mathias Barnwell. He eventually chose to back off from that commitment but while visiting campus for the Villanova game, he once again pledged to the Nittany Lions.

Barnwell was always going to be someone that the staff continued to pursue heavily despite the de-commitment. He's certainly earned the nickname of "Mega" at a whopping 6-5 and 270 lbs and regardless of what position he ends up at in college, he is an incredible piece of clay for Dwight Galt to shape. Though he is currently listed as a tight end, the possibility exists that he will eventually move to offensive tackle.

Evans commitment date

Penn State is incredibly tight on space in its 2022 class so the staff will be picky with the last couple of spots. One of those spots could go toward one of the fastest players in the country, Texas wide receiver Omari Evans, who announced he'll be making his commitment on October 2nd.

Penn State would love to have a player with Evans' kind of speed but they still have several top targets left on the board. They'll have to decide how hard they'll push here heading into the decision. Rutgers is another school heavily involved here and could land an incredibly talented player.

Davis' top-10

The tight end position has turned into a tremendous strength on the Penn State roster and it makes sense that recruits have begun gravitating to that success. The latest recruit that has turned his attention to the Nittany Lions is 2023 Georgia tight end Ethan Davis, who included the Lions in his top-10 schools. It's too early to handicap Penn State's chances here, but making top groups for elite recruits is never a bad thing.