Earlier this year, as I watched as many videos as I could of players committed to Penn State’s 2020 recruiting class, one thing kept popping into my mind as I watched tackle prospect Olu Fashanu.
The quarterback behind him looks really good.
Well, turns out, that quarterback is one of the biggest prospects in the 2021 class, and its No. 1 quarterback. And when Caleb Williams released his top five schools on Monday, Penn State was firmly among them.
— Caleb Williams (@CALEBcsw) March 23, 2020
LSU and Clemson, the two programs that competed in the national championship game in January, also made the cut, as did his homestate Maryland and Oklahoma, where he recently visited and spent quite a bit of time.
Williams is a player Penn State has targeted for a few years now, and when you watch the film below, you’ll see why. He runs the ball with a running back’s skills, and he’s an accurate passer with a tremendous arm. He makes things happen. Penn State is going to need to get him back on campus, of course, and it may have some work to do to climb to the top of this list. But this is going to be an interesting recruiting cycle for a program that knows it’s going to need a top-prospect quarterback to get it where it ultimately wants to go. There are a few four-star players Penn State is looking at in case they fall out of the Williams race, but clearly, this is the player they’d prefer to get in this class at quarterback.
Donnie Collins has been a member of The Times-Tribune sports staff for nearly 20 years and has been the Penn State football beat writer for Times-Shamrock Newspapers since 2004. The Penn State Football Blog covers Nittany Lions, Big Ten and big-time college football news from Beaver Stadium to the practice field, the bowl game to National Letter of Intent Signing Day. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9100 x5368; @DonnieCollinsTT