With in-person recruiting still shut down, and the Class of 2021 just about full James Franklin and the Nittany Lions have pushed much of their focus to the Class of 2022. That hard work continues to pay off, as Penn State has landed a verbal commitment from one of Pennsylvania's best, four-star Downingtown West offensive tackle Drew Shelton.
Shelton, the No. 4 overall player in the state's 2022 recruiting class, emerged as a top target for the Nittany Lions and offensive line coach Phil Trautwein back in May of this year. With recruiting all but relegated to online chats and presentations, he did not make any visits prior to today's announcement.
The Shelton File
- Class: 2022
- Size: 6'5/255 lbs.
- Pos: OT
- School: Downingtown West (Downingtown, PA)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★ (.9466)
- Composite Rank: No. 130 overall, No. 13 OT
Penn State was one of Shelton's first offers this spring, but many big names followed. Oregon, Michigan, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Stanford, and Florida all extended their own offers between May and today's announcement.
Trautwein's arrival in Happy Valley certainly played a key role in Shelton's commitment, as has a renewed focus in Pennsylvania in the 2022 class. He is only the second Pennsylvanian in the class at this point, joining York, PA quarterback Beau Pribula. However, that could be changing quickly with four-star Philadelphia defensive end Ken Talley set to decide next week. A deep class in the state should only grow that list as the cycle goes on with names like Anthony Ivey, Mekhi Flowers, Nicholas Singleton, Enai White, and others strongly looking at Penn State.
Shelton is the fifth member of the 2022 class, and the first offensive lineman to commit. The class remains No. 3 nationally, and No. 2 behind Ohio State in the Big Ten.