With just one scholarship senior offensive lineman, Penn State will again be pretty young along the offensive line. Mike Miranda is one young lineman who could be a big factor for the Lions for a long time.
Overlooked in his home state of Ohio, Miranda committed in April of 2016 and basically shut down his recruitment after giving the Lions his word. Penn State seemed to be the favorite all along for the three-star prospect.
The Miranda File
- Class: RS Freshman
- Size: 6'3/303
- Pos: OL
- School: Stow Monroe (Oh.)
- Composite Rating: ★★★
- Composite Rank: No. 4 OC
Not many players benefited from enrolling early as much as Miranda did. Despite being a relatively low rated recruit, Miranda impressed coaches so much that they nearly burned his redshirt after injuries began piling up. Thankfully they didn't, giving him a full year to bulk up his 300-plus pound size.
Miranda is a powerful impact blocker. He has a quick first step and can dominate you off the ball in both run and pass blocking. He also plays with a bit of a nasty streak, making sure defenders know they can't get past him.
In the short term, Miranda is in the competition with Michal Menet, among others, for the starting right guard spot left vacated by Brendan Mahon. If he doesn't win the job, he'll work his way into the rotation and make an impact on special teams. Long-term, however, Miranda projects as a center. He has a similar body size to Connor McGovern and should get some reps in relief of him as well.