Mike Yurcich’s task of upgrading the arm talent in Penn State’s quarterback room is off to a nice start. Four-star Class of 2022 quarterback Drew Allar has committed to the Nittany Lions. He joins four-star Beau Pribula from York as the second quarterback commit for Penn State in the 2022 class.
A big junior season for Medina High School in Northeast Ohio has seen Allar shoot up the recruiting rankings. In the 247 Composite Allar is the 10th ranked pro style quarterback and 257th overall player. In 247’s own rankings Allar is viewed significantly higher, as he’s the sixth ranked pro style quarterback and 89th overall player.
The Allar File
- Class: 2022
- Size: 6'5/220 lbs.
- Pos: QB
- School: Medina (Medina, OH)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★ (.9101)
- Composite Rank: No. 10 Pro-Style QB, No. 257 overall
Yurcich identified Allar quickly as a priority target for the Nittany Lions. Just three weeks after being named Penn State's offensive coordinator, he offered Allar a scholarship. That started a run of offers that included Michigan, Texas A&M, Washington, Illinois, Ole Miss, and Georgia Tech. It was the Notre Dame offer just last week, however, that threatened the Lions the most.
Allar emerged as a top signal caller in the 2022 class after an impressive junior campaign that saw him throw for nearly over 2,900 yards and 26 scores in 10 contests, including the postseason. Just as impressive, those numbers came while playing in Ohio's top division against perennial powers like Cleveland St. Ignatius, Lakewood St. Edward, Solon, Euclid, and Mentor. The Battling Bees advanced all the way to the state quarterfinals.
As mentioned, Allar took a massive leap up 247's rankings in February, going from outside of the top 450 players in the nation to No. 89, and being elevated to a solid four-star prospect. 247Sports' Allen Trieu was effusive in his praise:
Big, classically built quarterback prospect. Came from a background of playing other positions, but has quickly taken to quarterback and developed a great deal mechanically between his sophomore and junior year of high school. Has a strong arm with good velocity on his passes and high school offense allows him to make throws to every part of the field. Very good at off-platform throws and having to change arm angles to make throws without needing to set his feet. But can also stand in the pocket and deliver the ball on time. Seems to have a good understanding of timing and anticipation. Has smarts, work ethic and general intangibles. Coordinated athlete with his feet so he can slide around and make throws while on the move but is not as much of a running threat at this age. Projects as a college starter, potentially an early one and has the traits to play on Sundays.
Penn State's class now stands at eight commitments, each one a four-star prospect. Allar's commitment also gives the Nittany Lions two of 247Sports' top five prospects out of Ohio, along with wide receiver Kaden Saunders. The class now sits at No. 5 overall nationally.