After years of young players getting snaps along the offensive line, 2018 seems like the year where Penn State won't have to rely too heavily on underclassmen. C.J. Thorpe may force the staff's hand, and play his way into the rotation.
Hailing from the legendary Pittsburgh Central Catholic high school, Thorpe has always had a close connection with Penn State. His father, Chris, played football at Penn State from 1985-88, while his cousin Geno spent a pair of seasons playing for Pat Chambers on the hardwood.
The Thorpe File
- Class: RS Freshman
- Size: 6'3/322
- Pos: OL
- School: Pittsburgh Central Catholic (Pa.)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★
- Composite Rank: #7 OG
Thorpe committed to Penn State in April of 2016 and stayed true until signing with the Lions in February of the following year. He arrived on campus last summer and like most offensive line prospects, spent his first year on campus adding weight and adjusting to the college game.
Thorpe is flat-out one of the strongest offensive line prospects you will see. He played tackle in high school and spent the better part of four years destroying Pittsburgh defensive ends. He's shifted to guard since arriving on campus, a move that will allow him to use his speed and pull to seal the edge in the run game.
Brendan Mahon's graduation means that the right guard spot is up for grabs. He'll have to beat out redshirt sophomore Michal Menet and fellow redshirt freshman Mike Miranda for snaps. Menet is seen as the favorite heading into camp, but Thorpe will push for reps and could play a role in the rotation even if he does not get the starting job.
We also had the privilege of having C.J. Thorpe mic'd up during spring practice.