Four-Star 2023 Tight End Mathias Barnwell Recommits to Penn State

By Matthew Filipovits on September 25, 2021 at 11:55 am
Penn State football commit Mathias Barnwell

Four-star 2022 tight end Mathias Barnwell has committed to Penn State. This is Barnwell's second time committing to the Nittany Lions, having originally done so last summer before de-commiting the following January.

Barnwell has been on the staff's radar for a long time, with his offer coming during October of his freshman season of high school football. He's visited Penn State more than any other school, including being in town last weekend for the Whiteout.

The Barnwell File

  • Class: 2023
  • Size: 6'5/270
  • Pos: TE
  • School: Riverbend (Fredericksburg, VA)
  • Composite Rating: ★★★★
  • Composite Rank: No. 16 tight end, No. 223 overall

Barnwell also held offers from NC State, Ohio State, Notre Dame, USC, Virginia Tech, and UNC. He visited the Tar Heels in June, but Mack Brown and Co. couldn't do enough to sway the blue-chip prospect.

There's some debate on whether he will play tight end or offensive tackle at the next level. His 6'5 frame already holds 270 pounds so it's not unrealistic to think he could grow into an offensive lineman throughout the remainder of his high school career.

247 Sports' Brian Dohn had this to say on Barnwell:

Great frame with ability to play at 260 pounds. Has length and wide shoulders. Also plays basketball, which is a great asset for tight ends. Possesses excellent body control and has high-level athleticism given his age (15 in April 2020) and size. Best suited as an inline tight end with ability to split out. Can sink hips when run blocking and blocks with attitude. As pass catcher, tracks ball well and has soft hands. Is not afraid of catching ball in traffic. Locates ball well. Needs to add strength throughout his body but will come over time. Rounds his breaks a bit but has plenty of time to develop that area of game. Has chance to be a starter first day of college. Elite level prospect for Top 10 programs.

Penn State's 2023 class now sits at three members and ranks No. 7 nationally and No. 1 in the Big Ten.