Four-Star JuCo Offensive Tackle JB Nelson Signs Letter of Intent With Penn State

By Vincent Lungaro on December 15, 2021 at 10:24 am
Four-star junior college offensive tackle JB Nelson signed his letter of intent with Penn State.
Mark Brennan, Lions247

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)

In what seems to be a given every year, Penn State has added to its class with a JuCo transfer out of Lackawanna Community College. This time getting No. 2-overall JuCo transfer JB Nelson. 

JB Nelson
Position: Offensive tackle
Height/Weight: 6'6/310 lbs.
Junior College: Lackawanna C.C. (Scranton, PA)
247Composite Rank: ★★★★(0.8959)
Positional Rank: No. 2 JuCo Overall, No. 1 JuCo Offensive tackle, No. 1 JuCo in Pennsylvania
Commitment Date: July 2, 2021

RLR's Take

The Lackawanna to Penn State pipeline just keeps rolling along.

JB Nelson is an athletic tackle who has a ton of room to develop physically. He might project better by being kicked inside at guard, but given the importance of strong tackle play, offensive line coach Phil Trautwein will surely give him a shot on the edge first.

The 6-foot-6 Nelson is agile for his size and shows good body control and balance. He also plays with a nasty streak that the current Penn State offensive line has lacked. 

Moving Forward

You can never have enough depth along the offensive line. And given the Nittany Lions' struggles with this group in 2021, Nelson might be the kind of player who sees snaps right away. Penn State desperately needs difference-makers along the line. However, Penn State has been burned before expecting too much from Junior College prospects on the offensive line in their first year on campus.

Whether Nelson lines up at tackle or guard remains to be seen. At the very least, his versatility will be useful for a staff that has found a use for those types of players before.


Welcome to Penn State, JB.