Penn State has gotten off to a very fast start with its 2023 recruiting class, especially along the offensive line. That proverbial ball is now rolling even faster down the hill with the addition of four-star, in-state offensive tackle Jven Williams to the class.
Williams had been seen as a Penn State lean to some degree, but after announcing a top-7 just two weeks ago, did not necessarily seem primed to commit. Still, the Nittany Lions will be more than happy to add him to the fold as he is not only another offensive lineman with extremely high upside but also the top recruit in the state (or top-two, depending on which rankings you look at).
The Williams File
- Class: 2023
- Size: 6'4/285
- Pos: OT
- School: Wyomissing (Reading, PA)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★ (0.9568)
- Composite Rank: #96 (#10 OT)
Williams chose Penn State over fellow Big Ten powers Michigan and Michigan State, as well as several other big names nationwide, including Ole Miss, South Carolina, USC, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Oregon. The Wolverines, Spartans, and Rebels were in his top-7, along with Penn State, Illinois, Pitt, and Rutgers.
In speaking with Ryan Snyder of Blue White Illustrated on the On3 network, Williams revealed that he actually almost committed to the Lions during the 2021 season, so while the commitment seemed a bit out of nowhere, it's clear that Williams has long seen himself as a future Nittany Lion.
Williams visited the Penn State campus three times in 2021 in an unofficial capacity, in July, September, and December.
Williams is commitment number eight in the 2023 class, as is the second-highest ranked player after only interior offensive lineman Alex Birchmeier. He is also the fourth offensive lineman to join the group, along with Birchmeier, Joshua Miller, and Anthony Donkoh. It also remains a possibility that Mathias Barnwell ends up along the offensive line, as well. Still, don't expect the staff to slow down its offensive line recruitment efforts as the coaches have clearly committed to building an elite group up front, and several high-priority targets still remain on the board.
Adding Williams to the class moves Penn State up to No. 3 in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, behind only Georgia and Notre Dame.
Welcome to Penn State, Jven!