Signed: Bryce Effner Has the Upside to Be a Fierce Offensive Tackle

By Adriana Lacy on December 20, 2017 at 8:41 am
Bryce Effner
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Welcome to early signing period for the 2018 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)


Offensive tackle Bryce Effner joins the Nittany Lions as the No. 8 player from Illinois and should prove to be a great addition to the team at the next level. Though he's one of the lower-rated kids in the class, he has as much potential as anyone.

Bryce Effner
Position: Offensive tackle
Height/Weight: 6'5/285
High School: Metea Valley (IL)
247Composite Rank: ★★★(0.8709)
Positional Rank: No. 612 Overall, No. 48 Offensive tackle, No. 8 in Illinois
Commitment Date: May 6, 2017

247Sports Scouting Report

Nice frame still with a good amount of room to grow. Shows good ability to bend and move his frame, particularly in the run game. He is further along as a run blocker at this point in his career. His athleticism and balance shows there as he is able to drive defenders while keeping his feet and demonstrates his flexibility. As a pass blocker, he has good feet but must work on his overall technique and punch. In general, he can still get stronger but we like his upside because of his frame, natural athleticism and his willingness to finish his blocks.

RLR's Take

With a bit of development, Effner is primed to play tackle at the next level. He describes himself as a run blocker with great footwork. Though that profile sounds like more of a guard than a tackle, he has the space to grow into a true bookend who can be a strong pass blocker and a dominant run blocker who knows how to get to the second level. Thanks to that athleticism and run blocking prowess, he could end up at either tackle position (though right tackle may end up being the best fit). Effner won't be seeing the field soon, however, as he needs some time in the weight room before he's ready to truly compete for a job on the two-deep.

Moving Forward

Red light.

Despite Nana Asiedu and other offensive players in the class and Effner's lower-rating, there's much to like about the Illinois product. While he likely won't get playing time in his first year, after filling out and gaining strength, expect Effner to have a successful career as a Nittany Lion. 

Highlights

2018 Offensive Line Scholarship Chart
Seniors
Juniors
Sophomore
Freshmen
2019 Commits
Chasz Wright*
Ryan Bates*
Will Fries*
Desmond Holmes*
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Steven Gonzalez*
Alex Gellerstedt*
Robert Martin*
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Sterling Jenkins*
Michal Menet*
Michael Miranda*
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Connor McGovern
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C.J. Thorpe*
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-
-
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Nana Asiedu
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-
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Bryce Effner
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-
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Fredrick Scruggs
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* denotes redshirt season taken

Welcome to Penn State, Bryce.

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