Welcome to the early signing period for the 2022 recruiting class here at Roar Lions Roar. Make sure to check out all of our other coverage today and in the coming days, and make sure to check out each profile of the newest Nittany Lions as they sign their letters of intent. (All photos you see below are courtesy of 247Sports)
From the day he committed back in 2020, Talley has been the most vocal cheerleader in the 2022 recruiting class. Now, he's officially a Nittany Lion.
|Position: Edge rusher|
|Height/Weight: 6'3/230 lbs.|
|High School: Northeast (Philadelphia, PA)|
|247Composite Rank: ★★★★(0.9068)|
|Positional Rank: No. 256 Overall, No. 16 Edge rusher, No. 9 in Pennsylvania|
|Commitment Date: September 8, 2020|
Ken Talley is one of the more exciting defensive signees for Penn State in this class. He has good, not elite size, and good, not elite speed for that size, but you would hardly notice those things when watching him on tape. As noted by Brian Dohn of 247Sports, he is a max effort-type player who will almost always outwork the guy in front of him in order to make the play.
It's not out of the question that Talley will fit better at outside linebacker than defensive end but regardless of his eventual landing place, it's clear that he has the chops to make it in the Big Ten as a pass rusher.
The Penn State defensive end group is in flux heading into 2022. Arnold Ebiketie and Jesse Luketa will both almost surely be off to the NFL Draft, leaving Nick Tarburton as the only major contributor returning. Adisa Isaac will be back after missing the entirety of the season due to injury, but nothing can be assumed for a player coming off of missing an entire season. Both Talley and classmate Dani Dennis-Sutton will be given every chance to earn a valuable spot in the rotation for Manny Diaz's defense.
As mentioned, it's also possible that Talley gets some run at linebacker, but that will likely depend on numbers at each spot.